It depends. If your institution comes from a region exempted from the Preliminary (see Rule III B (5) here), you can bypass this Preliminary and register directly for the Onsite Contest. Otherwise, doing well in this Preliminary is the pre-requisite to advance to the Onsite Contest. A very small number of wildcard slots are available and only given by the RCD to non-local teams on special case basis.
- The ACM ICPC (International Collegiate Programming Contest) is a programming championship held annually under the auspices of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery).
- The 2016 ACM ICPC Asia Hong Kong Regional Contest consists of the Online Preliminary and the Onsite Regional Contest.
- The Preliminary will be held online on Sep 10 (Sat), 1-6pm (GMT+8).
- Online Preliminary ranking now available at https://asiahk16prel.kattis.com/standings
- The basic Preliminary rules are detailed at the sites below:
- Additional rules specific to this Online Preliminary are as follows:
- Accepted teams are allowed to attempt this online contest from anywhere with internet access.
- Each coach (a faculty member of that team's University) will supervise his/her team(s) during the 5-hour online contest so that ICPC rules are respected, especially on these three important points:
- The usage of only one computer per team of three students.
- The usage of only hard copy reference materials (and no internet materials), up to 25 pages single-sided, letter or A4 size.
- The member of each team can only discuss the problemset among the three of them during the 5 hours.
- Coach will have to take photos of their team(s) working on the preliminary (or right after the end of the preliminary) and submit that photo to the secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) for documentation and verification purposes.
- The result of the Online Preliminary is not final until the organizers perform checks on code submitted by top qualified teams.
- All registered teams must use accounts in Kattis — the official judging system of ACM ICPC World Finals — to compete in the Online Preliminary.
- The contest website is https://asiahk16prel.kattis.com/
- Programming languages that are allowed for this Online Preliminary are all languages supported by Kattis. However, the Scientific Committee only guarantees that all problems are solvable with C++ and Java.
- The result of Online Preliminary will only be made official after we perform plagiarism checks to the submitted code. Teams that are proven to plagiarize will be automatically disqualified.
- Contestants may register for a free account at Kattis to become familiar with the judging system that will be used in this contest. Contestants should read the Kattis documentation prior to joining the contest.
- Teams from exempted regions, including about 12 local teams from Hong Kong or Macau, may bypass the Preliminary and register directly to compete onsite at CUHK. The RCD will also allow a very small number of wildcard teams to compete. See Rule III B (5) here.
Can teams register for the Regional Contest if they do not participate in this Preliminary?
Which teams will advance from the Online Preliminary to the Onsite Contest? How are they determined? At most how many teams from the same university can compete onsite?
Will non-local teams be allowed to appeal to compete in the Onsite Contest even if they are not one of the top 45 non-local teams?
If a team participates in this Online Preliminary and is unable to advance to the onsite contest, can it still join two other Asia Regional Contests this year?
Can (strong) teams participate in this Preliminary Contest for practice, eligible to advance (be in the top 12 local/45 non-local teams), but subsequently not joining the associated Regional Contest with intention to join two other Asia Regional Contests this year?
... An Asia Regional Contest Site includes both the On-site Regional contest (tier-2) and the (tier 3) First Round Online Regional Sub-Contest(s). The registration limit of two sites per year per student applies to both Asia Regional Site and their associated Online Regional Sub-contest. (Both tier)
The tier-1 and the tier-2 two togetherform one Asia regional site...
Must our onsite team be the same as the online preliminary team? Are substitutes allowed?
Which Kattis account should we use during the Online Preliminary?