Team from Russia Takes Top Spot in ACM ICPC Programming Contest

May 19, 2016

St. Petersburg State University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Harvard University and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology were the top medal winners in the 2016 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), which concluded May 19 in Thailand. The first-place 2016 ACM-ICPC winners were students from St. Petersburg State University in Russia.

ACM-ICPC, the premier global competition for programming, aims to recognize the best and the brightest young programmers from universities around the world. As the world's largest, oldest and most prestigious programming contest, ACM-ICPC attracts and unites a diverse group of young coding participants in competition. The Finals—which pit teams of three university students against nine complex problems and a demanding five-hour deadline—are the culmination of regional contests held througout the year. Teams from nearly 3,000 universities from 102 countries competed for the top prizes.

"As computer science gains greater importance across many sectors in society, we need to work towards encouraging innovation," said ACM President Alexander L. Wolf. "Through this competition, we give students the opportunity to gain valuable experience by applying their skills in challenging scenarios; work with mentors to hone those skills; and make connections for a lifetime. We also believe that the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest can act as a springboard for students to launch successful careers."

Full results of the competition are available here.

Read the news release.