Russian, Japanese and Chinese Universities Take Top Spots in ACM International Programming Contest
May 26, 2015
At the finals of the 2015 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC), St. Petersburg National Research University of IT, Mechanics and Optics placed first, the only competitor to solve all the problems to win the contest. Second place went to Moscow State University, followed by the University of Tokyo in third place. Two Chinese universities, Tsinghua and Peking, finished fourth and fifth, respectively. In sixth place was the University of California, Berkeley. The competition pits teams of three university students against 13 complex, real-world problems and a demanding five-hour deadline. It showcases the analytical and coding skills of the contenders from 128 teams competing in the final round.
"The ACM ICPC competitors have demonstrated an extraordinary level of creativity and teamwork in solving extremely difficult programming problems," said ACM President Alexander Wolf, who attended the event in Marrakesh. "The remarkable caliber of this year's students reflects the success of their institutions in providing a stimulating and creative environment for developing the critical skills that drive innovation on a global scale. We applaud the efforts of all participants who took on this challenge."
Other top 12 medal finishers included the University of Zagreb, Charles University in Prague, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Earlier rounds of the competition included a record number of more than 38,000 contestants representing over 2,500 universities from 101 countries. The top four teams won gold medals as well as employment or internship offers from IBM. Full results are available here.