Are you interested in being a host site for the Pacific Regional of
the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest?
(Remember, we need
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 these machines.
- 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. (Note that all sites must adhere to the same access rules, so if
your site cannot support all 3 members at a machine,
all sites will have to
do the same, even if they could support all 3.)
- A separate room for judges, if your site will be the
judge site (northeast site).
- A large meeting hall that can seat at
80-100 for the pre- and
- An 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 balloons.
- Making all needed copies and putting together team packets for the
- Ordering, sorting and assigning t-shirts according to team/size.
- Organizing the Friday night pizza party.
- Organizing a "continental" breakfast the day of the
- 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
- 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 lodging
- 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 students!
Complete details for the host site director are found in the
Interested?? If so, please contact the Contest Director: