The Central Luzon State University placed second (2nd) in the Association of Computing Machineries-International Collegiate Programming Contest – Northern Luzon Multiprovincial Level by a team composed of three senior BSIT students: Mike Cristian Gragasin, Noah Panuyas, and Gengee Vor Madarang. The contest was sponsored by IBM and was hosted by the College of Information and Computing Sciences, Cagayan State University-Carig Campus, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan on September 26-27, 2014.
The event was participated by teams of three members each from different higher education institutions in the country. Each team was assigned a single workstation to work on. Eight programming problems were given to the teams to be solved in five hours. The team to solve the most problems in the fastest time will be considered the winner of the competition. The other winners were the University of the Philippines-Cebu (1st place), the Mariano Marcos State University (3rd place), and the University of Saint Louis-Tuguegarao (4th place). In addition to placing second, the CLSU team snatched the only special award of the competition, the “First Team to Solve a Problem”.
The ACM-ICPC is an annual event and one of the oldest and most prestigious programming competitions in the world which started in the 1970s at the Texas A&M University, USA. It is presently administered in multiple levels; the multi-provincial level, the national level, the regional level, and the world level (see http://icpc.baylor.edu). Top finishing teams from each level of the competition advances to the next level. Apart from teamwork strategies, participants use primarily their mathematical, logical, algorithmic and programming skills in problem-solving.
The ACM-ICPC National Level Philippines 2015 which CLSU has qualified to participate will be hosted by the University of Saint Louis-Tuguegarao City.