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2019 Contest Date

November 9, 2019

Mid-Atlantic Region

• District of Columbia
• East Pennsylvania
• South New Jersey
• Delaware
• Maryland
• North Carolina
• Virginia
• West Virginia


Contest Sites

Christopher Newport University

Duke University

James Madison University

Johns Hopkins University

UNC Chapel Hill

Virginia Tech

Washington College

Wilkes University


General Information

This page is meant to answer many general questions related to the contest that are not explained elsewhere.



The people listed below are responsible for the planning and conduct of the Mid-Atlantic Regional contest. If you have any questions please contact the appropriate person.
Regional Contest Director: Dr. Maung Htay
Deupty Regional Contest Director: Dr. Ian Barland
Regional Systems Team Leader: Dr. Andrew Ray 



Registration involves creating teams, paying the fees, and assigning students to teams. See instructions.



The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest is an activity of the Association for Computing Machinery that provides college students with an opportunity to demonstrate and sharpen their problem-solving and computing skills.


Previous Problem Sets

Info on previous Mid-Atlantic problem sets is available, as well as a comprehensive compilation of regional- and world-contest problem sets at ICPC's on-line judge.


About the Contest

Make sure to check the rules for the complete, official description of the contest requirements. The contest is a two-tiered competition among teams of students representing institutions of higher education. Teams first compete in the Regional Contests, held around the world from September to November each year. The winning team from each Regional Contest advances to the World Finals, typically held in mid-May to early June.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Contest lasts for five hours. Each team of three students tries to solve as many problems as possible, programming the solutions in C++, Java, or Python 3. The team that solves the most problems correctly wins, with ties broken by the least total time (the sum of the times consumed for each problem solved, from the beginning of the contest to the time the correct solution is submitted). A penalty of 20 minutes for each incorrect submission is added to the total time. The penalty only applies if the problem was eventually solved correctly.

Regional contests duplicate the atmosphere of the international contest. There is a balloon color for each problem, and a T-shirt color for each group of people (contestant, staff, coach). Only contestants and staff are allowed in the contest area.


Contest Environment

Languages — C, C++, Java, Python 2 and Python 3 (w/ standard library)

Editors — VIM, EMACS, Text Editor

IDE — Eclipse




Teams may be composed of students enrolled at least half-time in a degree program at their school, including co-op students in good academic standing. See the official rules for exact team composition and eligibility.


Reference Materials

Teams may bring any non-machine-readable references that they wish. This includes books, printed notes, and written handwritten notes. Electronics and removable media are prohibited. The following web site will also be available to teams during the practice sessions and contest: Team Reference Page


Mid-Atlantic Region

If your school falls within another region but you wish to participate in this one, you must contact the Director of Regional Contests to receive permission. Please check the rules at the International Contest site for more details (under "Where to Compete"). The Mid-Atlantic Contest will be conducted over a network comprising several geographically distributed sites throughout the region. Teams can participate from the site of their choice, subject to available space (see the registration section for more information on how teams are assigned to sites).


Example Schedule

The schedule at each site may vary slightly, with the exception of the time of the actual competition, which will take place from 12:00 to 17:00.

07:15–08:00 volunteers begin final setup (McGuffey 203)
08:00–08:45 registration and light breakfast; distribute certificates, t-shirts etc. (McGuffey 203)
08:45–09:30 welcome, introduction, rules, orientation (McGuffey 203)
09:30–10:30 practice problem (Davis Hall, various labs)
10:45–11:45 lunch (McGuffey 203)
12:00–17:00 competition (Davis Hall, various labs)
17:00–18:00 dinner (McGuffey Hall 203)
18:00–18:20 results, and awards presentation (McGuffey room 203)

See the sidebar-links above, for site-specific information.



During the contest the scoreboard page will have real-time standings. During practice or test sessions, the scoreboard will show the status of those tests.