In the fall of each year, over six thousand student programmer teams compete in regional contests for a chance to advance to the World Finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. The Pacific Region encompasses the Pacific Northwest US, Alaska, Hawaii, and British Columbia and attracts over eighty teams from over three dozen schools. The contest is held simultaneously at six separate sites.
Each team in the contest consists of three students. The contest runs for five hours, during which a team attempts to solve as many problems as possible. Contest problems are story problems, and the solution is a computer program that must produce output according to the input data and the requirements as stated in the problem. This output must be exactly correct and the program must execute quickly. Problems are typically "real world" computing tasks and often more difficult to solve than they appear.
On November 15, 2014, eighteen teams from eight schools in Oregon competed at George Fox University. Over the six contest location sites, there were about 90 teams competing, and the top two teams from division 1 will go on to the world championships to be held in Morocco in May 2015. The CIS Department sent three teams, who placed first in division 1 in the site (19th in the region) and first and second in the site for division 2 (2nd and 11th in the region). See here for the division 1 and division 2 regional standings.
UO ACM Coach: Chris Wilson, (541) 346-3412, email@example.com