This page has details for the 2020 ICPC Regional Contest (Mid-Atlantic), which will be held virtually on 2021-Mar-06 (Sat). The contest itself will be 14:00–19:00 (with a practice-run beforehand). This information augments the standard, year-over-year information.
Note: Yes, the2020 Regional Contestis being held in1 2021-Mar. We hope to hold the 2021 regional contest in 2021-Nov, as usual!
This page contains our current plans for the contest, but details are liable to change. We ask for your understanding, as we all work together to run this annual contest very differently from previous years; thank you!
These rules should be fairly-finalized by Feb.20 (two weeks before contest).
The basic rules for participation in this year's contest are:
One monitor only. (A laptop may be docked to a monitor, but then the laptop should be otherwise closed or have its screen unused, with the exception of accessing the computer's system-settings.) This limitation is still under consideration. The intent is to not give (further) advantage to those with extra hardware.
For example, a team can use the zoom breakout room for communication and file-transfer, but might also choose use a Discord app on their workstation (but not their phone, since only one workstation/computer allowed).
Sedgewick Alg's in C++), starting within the first 10 lines of their solution. (Ideally, citations to code prepared in advance would also cite its source, but we realize that contestants might have existing prepared-code-libraries without citation.) No citations are needed for examples in official language APIs, nor for non-contest-problem-specific, routine code which is at most two typical lines (e.g. code found in response to searching
convert file to string in Java).
Note that if a team is found to have used unauthorized code, but they cite it honestly (without intent of hiding or obscuring the code's source), the worst that will likely happen is that solutions for that particular problem won't be counted. However, without citation, the team may be disqualified from the contest, and the matter might be referred to their school's honor-council.
We know that most all students participating in the contest are honest and are wanting to submit code they have fairly written themselves. The intent of these rules is not to make people nervous, but to (a) to be clear to everybody what is and isn't allowed, and (b) ensure that all can be confident of the contest outcome.
The contest will (necessarily) rely on students following the honor code. The following proctoring elements will also be in place:
Individuals must register at icpc.global (login/registration in upper-right). Coaches can start a student's registration, and they'll be sent a link to complete it. Coaches will be able to modify teams up through the registration deadline, Feb.19 (Fri).
T-shirts are available for individual order ($15+tax). If ordered by Jan.22, they will arrive (at whatever address) by the contest-date. They can be ordered later (up to the day of the contest), but may take 4-6 weeks to arrive.
Any student who meets the standard eligibility requirements as of 2021-May-06 or 2020-Oct-01 is eligible for the Mid-Atlantic Regional contest. E.g., a student who started just college in January is eligible, as is one who graduated last December. The eligibility dates for the North American Divisional and/or Championship and/or World Finals might be based solely on the 2020-Oct-01 date.
The contest itself will be 14:00–19:00 ET4. To be announced: The schedule for other items, such as a practice-session (required), and opening and closing ceremonies.
A strong finish in the Mid-Atlantic Regional contest
will lead to an invitation to the
North American Divisional Contest (
Of the 200(?) teams that will be invited,
???(TBA) will be from the MidAtlantic region.
Up to two teams from the same school can advance to the NADC.
The NADC will be virtual, with proctoring.
The NADC, in turn, qualifies teams for the North American Championship (physical, at most one team per school). and the top teams there (culminates in the World Finals in Moscow 2021-Jun.
Before the regional, the
in the NAQ (
North American Qualifier5)
will be held on Feb.06(?); it is on-line and free.
It is strongly encouraged to compete in the NAQ,
since the number of slots our region will get to
advance to the Divisional contest
is based on NAQ participation!
A complete list.
If you have a concern about these rules, or something is unclear,
please contact ibarlandradford.edu, with
[icpc] in the subject.
Coaches can also post to the google-group ICPC Mid-Atlantic Coaches.
If you are a coach who'd like to join that (optional, low-volume) list,
please contact ibarlandradford.edu;
it can be helpful if you can also include a link to a faculty web-page or other
evidence of coach-hood.
Any changes/clarifications deemed significant will be listed here, for convenience, on a best-effort basis.
no phonerule is if somebody's computer microphone or speaker isn't working properly. In that case a phone can be used solely for communication with teammates. ↩