interested in being a host site for the Pacific Regional of
the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest? (Remember, we need MULTIPLE
If so, here's what your site would need to provide:
- A set of 20-30 or more networked
workstations/PC's, (one per team - the number of teams varies between
sites) powerful enough to have users pounding on them for five hours
doing continuous editing, compilation, and testing. These machines may
be using Windows or Linux, as the contest environment will be
"ghosted". Your contest staff will need to have access to the machines
the day before the contest for the setup.
- One or more printers available to
- Space for
the contestants to work. Preferably, this is at the workstation, provided there is room for 3
chairs at each station, without impeding passage by other teams.
If this is not possible, space away from the desktop machine (such as in nearby
classrooms) may be acceptable.
- A separate room for judges, if your
site will be the judge site.
- A large meeting hall that can seat at
80-100 (depending on number of teams at your site) for the pre- and
enthusiastic pool of volunteers to help pull all the arrangements
together and help the day of the contest! Ideally, two or three to
handle advance logistics, and 5-10 on the actual contest day
(registration, print runners, balloon runners). It is necessary that a
system administrator is be available on the day of the contest to deal
with unforeseen circumstances.
- Renting helium tank, and purchasing
- Making all needed copies and putting
together team packets for the contest.
- Ordering, sorting and assigning
t-shirts according to team/size.
- Organizing a "continental" breakfast
the day of the contest.
- Someone to cater the contest-provided
lunch to all participants. This may be on-campus food service, or could
be an outside catering firm that can feed around 80-100 people
(depending on number of teams at your site).
- Organizing a post-contest dinner
(usually a "pizza-feed"), where awards are presented.
- Creating a web site
with local contest information (and providing this link to the contest
director), including, but not limited to:
- Lodging information for
contestants who are traveling large distances the night before and the
night after the contest. This can be on-campus housing, if available,
or local hotels/motels. Contestants are responsible for their own
- Arrangements for parking. If there
is a fee, the contestants are responsible for it.
As contest sponsors, IBM will provide
financing to cover reasonable
expenses, including the cost of the t-shirts, food, balloons, copies,
etc. You will be
provided with an adequate budget to work with. Funds will be
available prior to
the contest. Hosting a contest should only "cost" you some time,
but in return, you will be providing a lasting experience for many
for the host site director are found in the Site Coordinator's
so, please contact the Contest Director: