From June 23 to June 25, 2014, Ekaterinburg hosted the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) finals won by the Saint-Petersburg State University students.
One hundred and twenty-two teams from 44 countries represented the world’s leading universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford, MIT, and others. The contestants were challenged to solve eight tasks within five hours. All tasks referred to complex real-life problems and key IT trends, including cognitive computing and the IBM Watson supercomputer.
Saint-Petersburg State University’s team solved seven problems and deservedly won the competition. This was the third victory for the university. In 2000 and 2001, they were awarded the title of World Champions. More interesting facts on the ACM contest are available here.
Second place (and a gold medal) was awarded to another Russian team, Moscow State University, which was followed by teams from Beijing University and Taiwan National University.
Two more Russian teams were named among the top ten teams: last year’s winner St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics, and Optics (ITMO) and National Research University Higher School of Economics. They won ninth and tenth places, respectively.
This is the ninth first place for Russian programmers since 2000. The immediate competitors, teams from China and Poland, have won only four and two times, respectively. These impressive results confirm that, despite the problems of the Russian education system in the area of Information Technologies, our students successfully compete with the representatives of the world’s leading universities.
Next year, the finals will take place in May in Marrakesh, Morocco. We heartily congratulate all the winners and hope that a Russian team will again win this prestigious competition in 2015!