About ACM ICPC

Policies and Procedures for the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest Submitted: July 3, 2001Approved by ICPC Executive Committee Action: Approved July 3, 2001 (8 for, 0 against, 1 on vacation).

Changes since May 21, 2001:

  • Renamed the ICPC Steering Committee to the ICPC Executive Committee to avoid confusion with the ICPC International Steering Committee
  • Renamed the ICPC Director the ICPC Executive Director to avoid confusion with site, regional, super regional directors, and other directors.
  • changed “best efforts” to reasonable efforts (in red)
  • added a section on changing the PPG (in red)

Mission:

The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) provides college students with opportunities to interact with students from other universities and to sharpen and demonstrate their problem-solving, programming,and teamwork skills. The contest provides a platform for ACM, industry, and academia to encourage and focus public attention on the next generation of computing professionals as they pursue excellence.

Goals:

Decisions shall be governed by the following goals: Attract as many students as possible. Attract as many colleges and universities as possible. Draw from as many areas of the world as possible. Provide equitable access to the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Strive for competitive contests. Involve industry and shine the spotlight on students. Maintain and support the volunteer base.

Culture:

Decisions shall be governed by the following goals: Attract as many students as possible. Attract as many colleges and universities as possible. Draw from as many areas of the world as possible. Provide equitable access to the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Strive for competitive contests. Involve industry and shine the spotlight on students. Maintain and support the volunteer base.

Organization:
  • Promote regional integrity.
  • Provide global coordination.
Policy:
  • Keep it simple.
  • Serve, don't rule.
  • Never have the same problem for the same reason.
Principles:
  • Put people first.
  • Follow the Golden Rule.
  • Solve all solvable problems; then resolve all resolvable problems; finally, avoid the rest. Grow strong by resolving conflicts.

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