ABOUT ACM ICPC
What is ACM ICPC?
The ACM ICPC is considered as the "Olympics of Programming Competitions". It is quite simply, the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world.
The ACM-ICPC (Association for Computing Machinery - International Collegiate Programming Contest) is a multi-tier, team-based, programming competition. Headquartered at Baylor University, Texas, it operates according to the rules and regulations formulated by the ACM. The contest participants come from over 2,000 universities that are spread across 80 countries and six continents.
In terms of prize money, the top team takes home $12,000 along with the ACM ICPC 2014 Gold medal. Three other teams getting Gold Medal are awarded $6,000. Each Silver Medal team gets $3,000 and each Bronze Medal team is awarded $1,500.
Apart from that, Participants, coaches and registered staff (including volunteer helpers) receive complimentary membership to the ACM for a year.
And more important than all, the winners also get some super bragging rights and job offers from some of the top software companies in the world!
The contest consist of two rounds:
How can I participate - Eligibility
To meet the basic eligibility requirements for the contest you must be:
Further details are here.
How to take part in India regionals?
Many regionals are held all over Asia, and an Asian student may participate anywhere in Asia. However, generally speaking, for an Asian team to advance to the World Finals, they should win from their own sub-region in Asia.
Go For Gold
The 'Go for Gold' initiative, that was started in 2010 by Directi, has a singular ambition to watch an Indian team win the World Finals of the ACM-ICPC. Taking the long-term view in mind, the plan is to support learning and reward improvement. This is being done through providing ongoing scholarship, incentives, promotion, tech assistance, and training for Indian students. Team Sponsorships and other sponsorship packages are also provided. Further details on the Go for Gold Initiative can be found here.
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