May 25, 2017

Russia Wins ICPC Event; Host City Praised

St. Petersburg ITO of Russia was crowned World Finals champion at the ICPC event in Rapid City. St. Petersburg ITO of Russia was crowned World Finals champion at the ICPC event in Rapid City. (City Photo)


St. Petersburg University of IT, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO) of Russia emerged as the World Champions of the 41st Annual ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Finals in Rapid City. A total of 133 teams from 70 countries participated.

It was the fourth title for St. Petersburg ITMO in the past six years. The University of Warsaw, Seoul National University and St. Petersburg State University of Russia finished the competition in second, third and fourth places, all earning coveted gold medals. There were also regional champions crowned, teams that finished the highest from the particular regional continent.

By all official accounts and from visits with participants, coaches and ICPC organizers, Rapid City drew lavish praise as the host city for the 2017 World Finals.  Everything from organization of the nearly week-long event and the volunteers, to the promotion of the event, the coordination of the schedule with the Civic Center facility, and the activities for the visitors, were greatly praised.

Nearly 200 volunteers provided their time to the host committee's efforts.

The University of Waterloo (Canada) finished 18th and was tops for North America. The top United States team was the University of Central Florida, which finished 19th.

The top five teams answered 10 problems correctly in the competition. Two teams answered nine problems, five teams answered eight problems correctly. A total of 24 teams answered 0-3 problems correctly with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and the University of South Dakota teams each answering two problems correctly. The 133 World Finalists emerged from local and regional ICPC competitions last fall. Initially selection took place from a field of more than 300,000 students in computing disciplines worldwide. A record number of students advanced to the regional level as 46,381 contestants from 2,948 universities in 103 countries on six continents competed at more than 480 sites, all with the goal of earning one of the coveted invitations to South Dakota for the 2017 World Finals.

Next year's ICPC World Finals will be held at Peking University in Beijing, China.

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