2006 Regional Contest Report
The 2006 ACM South Pacific Programming Contest sponsored by IBM was held on Saturday 16th September at 9 sites across Australia and New Zealand. 80 teams competed for the chance to represent their country in the World Finals next year.
Thanks to ACM for organising the contest, and to IBM for their support, including prizes for the top teams at each site.
From Raewyn Boersen, South Pacific Regional Contest Director:
There have been some changes to provisional results announced on the day of the contest. There was a rejudging of Problems P1, P2, P8, P9 and P10 for the top teams with possible claims to the top positions.
* It has now been announced that the World Finals 2007 will be in Tokyo, Japan.
The top teams and universities at each of the sites were:
Adelaide from G Stewart Von Itzstein
The South Australian site was situated at the University of South Australia Mawson Lakes this year as part of the yearly rotation around the SA universities. The site started smoothly on time at 1130am. The site was composed of a large teaching room with 80 sunray terminals running Java/C++. We also experimented with using projectors to show the students the current standings. These terminals were shut down for the last 30 minutes of the competition.
The Auckland site again ran smoothly thanks to the hard work of Art Brown and Brian Green, our technical staff. We had teams from University of Auckland, University of Waikato and AUT University as usual, and a team came up from Victoria University in Wellington. We are hoping VUW will host a Wellington site next year and increase participation from the capital.
Professor Albert Yeap welcomed the contestants on behalf of the hosts, AUT University, and IBM were represented by Glen Archbold and Kate Tulp. Glen spoke of IBM's committment to the contest, and gave out a bag of goodies to each team.
The defending champions CIA got off to a flying start with 3 problems solved inside half an hour. They were eventually caught and passed by E_FAIL from University of Auckland who won the site contest with 6 solutions. After the contest and the pizza eating, Raewyn Boersen gave out the prizes donated by IBM. Glen and Kate congratulated the top teams.
Later we learned that both E_FAIL and CIA has actually solved 7 problems, with CIA being site and New Zealand champions because of their faster time.
Brisbane from Malcolm Corney
QUT hosted 10 teams with 3 from Griffith University, 6 from Queensland University of Technology and we welcomed a team from the University of Southern Queensland for the first time. The contest kicked off just after 12 noon after a network problem but then ran smoothly after that.
QUT's Team Pacman (Audun Ellertsen, Matthew Clark and Micael Szewczyk) repeated their win from 2005 by solving 6 problems. The Knights of the GNU Assembler (all first year students) took second with Griffith's Middle Endian taking third place. Well done.
Thanks to Rob Pagura from IBM who dropped in to give the prizes.
Thanks to the QUT staff who helped out on with judging (On Wong and Glenn Smith), technical issues (Neil Muspratt) and general helpers (Diane Corney, Chris Ho Stuart and Sean Mailander) for their efforts on the day. Thanks also to the competitors who enjoyed the challenge.
No report yet.
Dunedin from Andrew Trotman
Dunedin hosted only one team, and that was from the University of Otago. The contest ran smoothly thanks to the efforts of the systems administrators and contest volunteers.
Launceston from Mike Cameron-Jones
Congratulations to Matthew Armsby, Alex Berry and Josh Deprez, for convincingly winning the Launceston site, as "UTas A", having been in
the lead all the way from their first submission. We await the final
results to know whether Matthew and Alex, also in last year's site
champion "UTas A" team, have improved upon their previous regional
Melbourne from George Fernandez
The Melbourne site again was very well organised by Mirka Borowska, who never leaves anything to chance. The technical support was provided by Emil Mikulic (with ‘k’!), and Geoffrey Geisemann. These guys must be really good because we had no problems, glitches or difficulties of any kind during the contest. Present also were Fei Liu, Mary Martin and Phil Scott from La Trobe University.
The competition started right on time, the problem set was discussed among the main judges, Pablo Rossi (RMIT), Bernie Pope (Melbourne University) and myself (George Fernandez, RMIT) to make sure that we could answer clarification requests. No major problems there, although a couple of pertinent questions had to be clarified for all the teams.
No report yet.
Sydney from Hossam El Gindy
UNSW hosted 10 teams this year: 3 from Mcquarie University, 3 teams from University of Sydney and 4 local teams from the School of CSE. The contest started on time at noon and ran smoothly for the whole 5 hours.
Thanks to the Alexandre Mah for judging, Simon Bowden for teachnical support and the ACM@UNSW student chapter members for general help on the day.
Congratulations to team UNSW-alpha
(David Greenaway, Clarence Dang and Beren Sanders)
for winning the Sydney site.