CS Students Take 20 at North American Invitational Contest

Writer(s): Jesica E. Hollinger

Purdue CS students competed with nearly 50 teams in the North American Invitational Programming Contest (NAIPC) on Saturday, March 28.

Team members Wei Kong, Chengyuan Lin, and Zhaosen Wang earned 20th place in the invitational competition, correctly solving three of the eleven problems and earning Purdue an honorable mention.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) correctly solved nine of the problems, earning the title of champion for the team, as well as a $500 Amazon gift card for each member. University of California – Berkeley, University of Southern California, and Carnegie Mellon earned gold medals and $250 gift cards, while the University of Waterloo, the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, the University of California – Los Angeles earned $150 cards. Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and the University of Central Florida all earned bronze medals and $100 Amazon gift cards, respectively.

Each year, the ICPC attracts more than 10,000 teams around the world, which compete in various regional contests to earn one of the coveted 120 spots at the World Finals. Of these 120 teams, roughly 20-25 teams are from the North American ICPC super-region (comprised of the United States and Canada).

NAIPC was established by the University of Chicago as a destination event for these teams, with the primary goal of providing a unique training opportunity before the World Finals. It is thus the only programming competition where the best programming students in North America compete on an even playing field. More details about the competition can be found at http://naipc.uchicago.edu/2015/.