2016 World Finals in Phuket Comes to a Close

The 40th annual ACM-ICPC World Finals event has officially come to a close and new world champion has been crowned! All 128 teams solved at least one problem. View the final scoreboard on MyICPC.

The 2016 problem set consisted of 13 problems. Here are the results from this year’s event in Phuket, Thailand:

World Finals Champions
St. Petersburg State University

Gold Medalists
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Harvard University
Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology

Silver Medalists
University of Warsaw
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
St. Petersburg ITMO University
Ural Federal University

Bronze Medalists
University of Wroclaw
Nizhny Novgorod State University 
Lviv National University 
Fudan University 

Regional Champions
South Pacific Champions: University of New South Wales
Africa and the Middle East Champions: Cairo University – Faculty of Computers and Information
Latin America Champions: Universidad Nacional de Rosario
North America Champions: Harvard University
Asia Champions: Shanghai Jiao Tong University
European Champions: St. Petersburg State University

First to Solve
Problem C - Chulalongkorn University (minute 11)
Problem E - Harvard University (minute 15)
Problem L - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (minute 18)
Problem G - Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (minute 37)
Problem B - St. Petersburg ITMO University (minute 42)
Problem K - St. Petersburg State University (minute 44)
Problem A - Radboud University (minute 71)
Problem D - University of Wroclaw (minute 79)
Problem F - St. Petersburg ITMO University (minute 208)
Problem J - St. Petersburg State University (minute 223)
Problem M - Shanghai Jiao Tong University (minute 225)
Problem I - Stanford University (final hour)
Problem H

See you next year for the 2017 World Finals hosted in Rapid City, South Dakota!

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Team Preview: SPb SU 1 Base

Next up for preview is the team from St. Petersburg State University. This university needs no introduction - 3 world champion titles, 6 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.

You may know their coach - Andrey Lopatin who has been awarded 2 world titles as a contestant (2000, 2001) and 1 as a coach (2014). Numerous personal titles, including the TCO Marathon win. Lopatin was the SPb SU coach on every final since 2003 (which means next year he will receive the Senior Coach Award).

The team itself is no piece of cake either. Stanislav Ershov, Igor Pyshkin and Alexey Gordeev all qualified for various onsite competitions. As a team they finished 2nd in NEERC, 4th in OpenCup standings (2nd among World Finals teams), 2nd in Ural Championship. I hope they would not mind to add another 2nd place to their collection, though they certainly would strive for more. After all, for the past 4 years the World Championship Cup has gone to the city of St. Petersburg. Good luck!

Team Preview: Ural FU Dandelion

Next up for preview is the team from Ural Federal University, Dandelion.

Ural Federal University (formerly Ural State University) has a long tradition of participating in ACM-ICPC and conducting not only one of the NEERC subregionals, but also the Ural championship. For many World Finals teams, this is the last chance to test their skills against peers. This would be the 13th finals for Ural FU, but it may be the luckiest one. Let’s hope the team will add a gold medal to 3 bronze medals the university teams have won so far.

That’s because team Dandelion won Northeastern European Regional Contest this year. Let me remind you that the 4 last world champions were from NEERC, and they always won regionals before getting a championship title. They finished 8th in OpenCup standings (remember, many non ACM-ICPC eligible teams may participate in OpenCup, including tourist’s and Petr’s teams) and 4th in Ural Championship.

Their coach, Mikhail Rubinchik, is well known and a respected member of the competitive programming community. He also won an ACM-ICPC bronze medal in 2011. This would be his second finals as a coach.

Team’s line up consist of Nikita Sivukhin, IOI Gold medalist, Alexey Danilyuk, Codeforces Legendary Grand-master and Oleg Merkurev, ACM-ICPC World Finalist in 2014 and Legendary Grand-master as well. Team members had qualified for onsite finals of various contests lately, like VK Cup or CROC Championship. All three are experienced and skillful, let’s hope they would repeat their performance from this year NEERC, that’s all they need to achieve a great result this year!

Team Preview: MIT ZERO

Hello again.

This is Egor Kulikov and this year I will preview teams leading up to the ACM-ICPC World Finals in Phuket. I believe the teams I preview are the top contenders for the ACM-ICPC champion title. However, this year the field is very competitive and there are more than a dozen teams who can realistically win it all. So I will not place any percentage this year on my predictions, sorry :)

Let’s start with the team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT has a long history of success in their 20 World Finals, including 3 golds, 5 silvers, 3 bronzes and 6 titles of North American champions. Last year they were one successful submission away from getting gold, but ended up with bronze in the end.

This year’s team, MIT ZERO, will try to surpass this result. The team finished second in their regional, NENARC, behind their rivals from Harvard, and 3rd in the North American Invitational behind Harvard and Waterloo. Still, I have a hunch that when the dust will settle in Phuket they could beat both of these teams.

This is the fifth World Finals for their coach, Aleksandar Zlateski, whose IOI achievements are quite solid: silver and two bronze medals. The line up (Steven Hao, Brian Chen and Andrew He) is quite solid as well - all of them are “reds”, Steven has received both gold and silver medals on IOI, while Andrew has 2 golds and TCO semifinal to his name.

Let’s hope the transition from IOI to ACM-ICPC will be smooth for this team and we wish them best of luck!

As the #ICPC2016 World Finals in Phuket comes closer, we will...



As the #ICPC2016 World Finals in Phuket comes closer, we will revisit the past 5 World Finals events in photos!

The 2015 World Finals took place in Marrakech, Morocco where St. Petersburg National Research University ITMO (Russia) took home the champion title.

View photos from the #ICPC2015 World Finals here: bit.ly/ICPC2015 (at Marrakesh, Morocco)

The #ICPC2016 World Finals contest floor is being set up! Next...



The #ICPC2016 World Finals contest floor is being set up! Next week it will be filled with contestants and balloons. (at Phuket, Thailand)

As the #ICPC2016 World Finals in Phuket comes closer, we will...



As the #ICPC2016 World Finals in Phuket comes closer, we will revisit the past 5 World Finals events in photos!

The 2014 World Finals took place in Ekaterinburg, Russia where St. Petersburg State University (Russia) took home the champion title.

View photos from the #ICPC2014 World Finals here: bit.ly/ICPC2014 (at Ekaterinburg)

As the #ICPC2016 World Finals in Phuket comes closer, we will...



As the #ICPC2016 World Finals in Phuket comes closer, we will revisit the past 5 World Finals events in photos!

The 2013 World Finals took place in St. Petersburg, Russia where St. Petersburg National Research University ITMO (Russia) took home the champion title.

View photos from the #ICPC2013 World Finals here: bit.ly/CountDown2013 (at St. Petersburg, Russia)

As the #ICPC2016 World Finals in Phuket comes closer, we will...



As the #ICPC2016 World Finals in Phuket comes closer, we will revisit the past 5 World Finals events in photos!

The 2012 World Finals took place in Warsaw, Poland where St. Petersburg National Research University ITMO (Russia) took home the champion title.

View photos from the #ICPC2012 World Finals here: bit.ly/CountDown2012 (at Warsaw, Poland)

As the #ICPC2016 World Finals in Phuket comes closer, we will...



As the #ICPC2016 World Finals in Phuket comes closer, we will revisit the past 5 World Finals events in photos!

The 2011 World Finals took place in Orlando, Florida where Zhejiang University (China) took home the champion title.

View photos from the #ICPC2011 World Finals here: http://bit.ly/CountDown2011 (at Orlando, Florida)

2016 “Game Day” of Computer Programming Is Almost Here

Teams, coaches, and fans of computer science all have their eyes on the 2016 ACM-ICPC World Finals, only a few short weeks away. This year the  contest set new records with 43,967 students and 4,637 coaches competing in ICPC and ICPC-assisted competitions from 2,736 universities in 102 countries across six continents.

Tough competition at 481 regional contest sites determined the 128 teams to qualify for the 2016 World Finals hosted by Songkla University in Phuket, Thailand. 

The best of the best will complete for awards, prizes and bragging rights on May 19th, but only one team will be crowned the world champion and take home the coveted World Finals trophy.

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IBM sponsorship officials, ICPC volunteer staff and the host university have been busy preparing this year’s event over the past several months. Everything from hotel selection, contest arena preparation, opening ceremony events, technical infrastructure and, of course, the 2016 World Finals problem set have been carefully selected and prepared to dazzle and challenge this year’s students.

A full schedule of events can be found on the official ACM-ICPC website.

Don’t forget to follow the action from home with myICPC! Get information about individual teams and coaches, follow all the action with photos and videos live from the event, and cheer on your team with your very own Cheering Party!

As we prepare to meet in Phuket for the 2016 World Finals, be sure to check out the host website for useful information before the main event.

We’ll see you soon in Phuket!