Battle of the Brains: High School Programming Contest – Saturday, October 31st

The Computer Science department of the University of Texas at Dallas has been conducting ACM ICPC-style High School Programming Contest twice each year for 6+ years now! Most participants have been from North Texas, but a few teams from top schools in Houston and Austin have also attended these contests. We would love to have more teams from all cities & corners of Texas!

We will provide local accommodation and meals for all out-of-town participants. Limited grants are also available for travel expenses for well-qualified teams. Email csk12@utdallas.edu to request for travel grant.

Fall 2015 contest has been set for Saturday, October 31st 10am-4pm. See utd.edu/k12/contest for details and www.utd.edu/~jeyv/hspc-contest.pdf for the flyer. Students with one year of Computer Science should be able to participate at the novice level. More advanced students with good knowledge of algorithms & experience in problem solving should be able to attack the advanced level problems. We support Java, Gnu C++, Microsoft C++, and C#.  

Our contest follows the ACM-ICPC format: There is a practice contest lasting 40 minutes and a main contest of 3 hours. There are 5 to 6 problems. Teams of up to 3 students compete in concurrent Novice and Advanced contests.  Each team uses one of UTD’s lab computers.

Lunch will be served for all participants. Every one will get a T-shirt and certificate. Winners will get medals and winning teams will get trophies that can be displayed in their respective schools.

We are expecting huge participation! Please register up to 8 teams per school at http://bit.ly/hspc-utd.
or, if you have difficulties accessing the page, just send email to ivor@utdallas.edu
stating: School Name, Coach, Phone #, Number of Advanced level teams & Number of Novice level teams.

Fee: FREE

All students, parents & coaches are expected to download the talent release form from http://www.utdallas.edu/communications/docs/talent_release.pdf, print, sign and bring it to the contest so that we can take photos and post a photo album in UTD website after the contest is over.

Timetable:
10:00a Assemble/check teams: ECSS 2.102 (TI Auditorium)
10:15a Short presentations by program head Dr. Gupta and a UT Dallas undergraduate
10:40a Practice contest begins, ECSS 2.103/104/312
11:30p Catered Lunch for all
12:00p Main Contest Begins (3 hrs)
3:15p Discussion of problems and Prizes, ECSS 2.102
3:45p Dismiss all.

We will use PC^2 for semi-automatic judging. There are typically
5 or 6 problems for each level to solve. Contestants may use Java 8.45, minGW C++, minGW C, or Microsoft C/C++.

Here are the problem sets and test data for recent high school contests are @ www.utdallas.edu/~ivor/HScontests/

 

Questions? Email csk12@utdallas.edu