Competitive Programming

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win


The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is a multitier, team-based, programming competition operating under the auspices of ACM and headquartered at Baylor University. The contest involves a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Participation has grown to several tens of thousands of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines at almost 2,000 universities from over 80 countries on six continents. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. Quite simply, it is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world. Official ICPC website


October 2006 - For the first time ever, The Technion sent an Israeli team to the ACM-ICPC regionals. The team won a preliminary contest which was held in the Tel-Aviv branch of the Technion due to the "Second Lebanon war" which prevented it from being held in Haifa. The team included Marcelo Taube, Michael Gelfand, and Kolman Vornovitsky. The team took the honorable 30th place in the regional contest in Romania.


October 2007 - The second team to participate in the ACM/ICPC contest. This team, consisting of Gil Cohen, Lior Biran and Yaron Yoreh, won the local competition and reached the 36th place in Romania.


October 2008 - For the first time, the Technion held a prerequisite course in Competitive Programming. In this course 5 teams competed to represent the Technion in the ICPC. The winning team of the local competition was composed of Shahar Papini, Yaniv Sabo and Carmi Grushko. They took the honarable 17th place in the regional contest in Romania, a lot better than the two previous teams.


October 2009 - The winning team of the prerequisite course "Competitive Programming" was comprised of Shahar Papini, Yaniv Sabo and Oshri Adler (with Itai Levi as a substitute) led by coach Kolman Vornovitsky. This year the Technion has decided to participate in SWERC (Southwestern Europe Regional Contest) which was held in Madrid. The israeli team took the 7th place and won a silver medal (which was awared to teams ranked 6-10). Visit SWERC 2009.


November 2010 - The fifth team to represent the Technion in the ICPC was comprised of Shahar Papini, Yaniv Sabo and Carmi Grushko led by coach Kolman Vornovitsky. The israeli team took the 2nd place and won a gold medal (which was awared to teams ranked 1-4) in Madrid. Visit SWERC official page.

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