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Peking University set to hold the 42nd ACM-ICPC World Final


Peking University, March 26, 2018: Editor's Note: From April 15 to 20, 2018, Peking University will hold the World Final of the 42ndAssociation for Computing Machinery-International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC). The event will be a prologue to the 120th anniversary of Peking University. ACM-ICPC is not only the most influential but also the oldest, largest and most prestigious programming contest for college students in the world. This year, 49,935 contestants from 3,098 colleges and universities participated in the contest, representing 111 countries and regions. This year, 140 teams from 51 countries and regions stood out from the regional contests and advanced to the world final.

Peking University, Mar. 19, 2018: During the 41st ACM-ICPC world final Peking University accepted the organizer's invitation and will collaborate with China Youth Science Center to co-host the 42nd ACM-ICPC. This will be the third time that China hosts the world final of ACM-ICPC. The event, a major precursor to the 120th anniversary of Peking University, will begin on April 15, 2018. The official contest will be held on April 19.

Initiated by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in 1970, ACM-ICPC is an annual, international contest designed to showcase the innovative abilities and teamwork of college students. The contestants need to program, as well as analyze and solve problems under pressure.


The contest consists of two major phases: Regional Finals and a World Final. With a duration of about 9 months, the contest attracts the participation of more than 2,000 colleges and universities from over 100 countries and regions representing 6 continents. Nearly 50,000 college students participated in the event this year.

After more than 40 years of development, ACM-ICPC has become the world's most influential computer contest for college students and is known as the Olympics of the computer software field. Aiming to promote innovation and teamwork, the contest encourages students to give full play  to their creativity when building new software programs and helps to test their abilities under intense pressure.

Last year, in the of the 41st ACM-ICPC World Final, the team from PKU stood out. That team consisted of Guo Tiankui, Ji Ruyi, and Wang Wentao and their coach, Luo Guojie, a specially-appointed researcher of the PKU School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science. Having correctly answered 9 out of the 12 questions, PKU Team did well compared to the other 133 teams and earned the silver medal in the final with a ranking of 7th place in the world. Luo Guojie also won the ACM-ICPC Coaching Award for having led the PKU team to the global finals five times.

PKU’s team won the silver medal at the 41st ACM-ICPC World Final

We extend our congratulations to the team from PKU for their previous compliments but we also invite you to pay attention to the 42ndACM-ICPC World Final hosted from April 15-20, 2018. Let’s cheer for PKU!





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