The annual ACM International Collegiate
Programming Contest (ICPC) shines the
spotlight on the next generation of problem
solvers during their university years, engaging
the Competitive Edge
them in a competition that develops
teamwork, programming skills, and
algorithmic mastery. Doors are opened
for students to measure their prowess
among their peers as they push human
problem-solving performance beyond
accepted norms. ICPC is a competition
of global proportions; participation is
open to every student at every university on the planet.
This year over 25,000 students from
over 2,200 universities competed in
regional contests that spanned the
globe. The top 112 teams of three competed in the 36th Annual ACM-ICPC
World Finals sponsored by IBM and
hosted by the University of Warsaw.
For full coverage of this event, which
took place May 14–18, I encourage you
to visit ICPC Digital at http://icpc.bay-lor.edu/digital/ for full coverage.
Allow me to recap the highlights
Officials from the University of War-
saw, the City of Warsaw, along with
leading lights from Poland’s science
and economics communities worked
together to roll out the red carpet, giv-
ing the event national exposure with
full TV coverage. Leading the open-
ing events for ACM-ICPC World Finals
Week was the President of the Repub-
lic of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski.
IBM, completing 15 years of a 20-
year sponsor commitment, kicked off
the week by introducing their latest
cognitive computing and big data re-
search in Warsaw’s newly completed
Copernicus Science Center—one of
the most advanced science museums
in Europe, hosting over 450 interac-
iCPC is a competition
of global proportions;
open to every student
at every university
on the planet.
gratulations to Eugeny Kapun, Mikhail
Kever, Niyaz Nigmatullin, and coach
Throughout the event there was
spectacular TV coverage within Poland featuring highlights and interviews with the hometown team from
the University of Warsaw: Jakub
Pachocki, Tomasz Kulczyn´ski, and
And the coverage did not stop
there. On May 22, 2012, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin invited the 2012
ICPC World Champions to the annual
meeting of the Russian Academy of
Science. In a speech unfolding the national focus on science in the Russian
Federation over the next five years, Mr.
“Incidentally, present here at this
meeting today are team members of
the St. Petersburg State University of
Information Technologies, Mechanics
and Optics, which won the 2012 ACM
International Collegiate Programming
Contest. So our victories are not limited
to hockey but extend to such academic
disciplines as well. I congratulate them
on this achievement.
The brilliant success of our student
team is a prime example of effective
integration of science and education,
quality training of creative and intelli-
gent young people who will doubtlessly
be in demand in all areas of life in our
country such as Russian science, in-
cluding fundamental [research].”
The 2013 World Finals will be held
in St. Petersburg, Russia, in St. Isaac’s
Square, courtesy of St. Petersburg State
University of Information Technolo-
gies, Mechanics and Optics, the Rus-
sian Duma, and IBM.
Now for the editorial.
Poland gets it.
Russia gets it, too.
Bill Poucher ( email@example.com) is executive
Director of ICpC and a professor of computer science at
baylor university, Waco, tX.