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Announcing the ICPC North America Championship

The 2019 ICPC North America Region-Specific Rules

Introduction

The 2019 ICPC North America regional contests are organized into eleven regional contests. Fifty-five (55) top performing teams from these regional contests will advance to the 2020 ICPC North America Championship (“ICPC NAC 2020”). No two teams from the same university may advance.

ICPC NAC 2020 is scheduled for February 19-23, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted by Georgia Tech College of Computing. ICPC NAC 2020 will be organized similarly to the ICPC World Finals and in accordance with ICPC World Finals Rules at icpc.baylor.edu/worldfinals/rules. Similar to the ICPC World Finals, there are no team fees and teams will be provided lodging and food functions.

The 2020 ICPC World Finals is scheduled for June 21-26, 2020, in Moscow, Russia, hosted by MIPT. Eighteen (18) of the 2019 ICPC North America teams will advance to the 2020 ICPC World Finals by meeting at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Win the 2020 ICPC North America Championship,
  2. Win one of six (6) medals at the 2020 ICPC North America Championship,
  3. Win a wildcard slot at the 2020 ICPC North America Championship, or
  4. Win one of the eleven (11) 2019 North America Regional Contests.

The ICPC Foundation has committed to award up to $2,000 toward the cost of airfare to Atlanta to each of the eleven (11) 2019 North America regional contest winners that compete in ICPC NAC 2020.

The ICPC Foundation has also committed to award up to $4,000 toward the cost of airfare to Moscow to each of the teams that compete in ICPC NAC 2020 who advance to the 2020 ICPC World Finals.

Advancing to the ICPC North America Championship

The 2019 ICPC North America regional contests are organized into eleven regional contests. Top teams in these contests will advance to ICPC NAC 2020. All teams competing in ICPC NAC 2020 must comply with ICPC Regional Rules published at icpc.baylor.edu/regionals/rules. No two teams from the same university can advance to ICPC NAC 2020.

Within 5 business days after receiving an invitation, the team coach must confirm to the ICPC Manager manager@icpc.global that the team is ready, willing, and able to compete in ICPC NAC 2020. The following table shows the number of invitations provided to the top teams in each of the regional contests. Additional invitations will go to top performing teams in the second round of evaluation. These are not allocated by regional contest.

2019 ICPC North America Regional Contests # of Teams Invited to ICPC NAC 2020 2019 ICPC North America Regional Contests # of Teams Invited to ICPC NAC 2020
Pacific Northwest 5 East Central 6
Greater New York 5 Rocky Mountain 4
Mid-Atlantic USA 7 South Central 4
Mid-Central 6 Southeast USA 5
North Central 7 Southern California 5
Northeast 6 Total: 60

Advancing to the 2020 ICPC World Finals

The 2020 ICPC World Finals is scheduled for June 21-26, 2020, in Moscow, Russia, hosted by MIPT. Eighteen (18) of the 2019 ICPC North America teams will advance to the 2020 ICPC World Finals by meeting at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Win the 2020 ICPC North America Championship,
  2. Win one of six (6) medals at the 2020 ICPC North America Championship,
  3. Win a wildcard slot at the 2020 ICPC North America Championship, or
  4. Win one of the eleven (11) 2019 North America Regional Contests.

Additional teams may be eligible for consideration for ICPC World Finals wildcard slots.

Contest Organization and Hosting

The 2020 ICPC North America Championship is conducted under the auspices of the ICPC Foundation. ICPC NAC 2020 is scheduled for February 19-23, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted by Georgia Tech College of Computing.

Teams are responsible for their travel. Teams will receive benefits including free registration, sleeping accommodations, and food functions during ICPC NAC 2020 events.

Attendance at Events

All team members are required to attend all mandatory contest events. The coach is expected to attend or be available by phone or similar during contest activities. Failure to attend any of the designated contest events will result in automatic disqualification and forfeiture of any scholarships and prizes.

Conduct of the Contest

The icpcNAC will be conducted in accordance with the ICPC World Finals Rules which can be found at icpc.baylor.edu/worldfinals/rules.

Judging and Scoring of the Contest

All judging and scoring of the contest will adhere to the ICPC World Finals Rules and conventions.

Computing Environment and Contestant Conduct

The software environment provided to contestants will be similar to the software environment provided at World Finals. ICPC NAC 2020 plans to use the same languages and versions as the World Finals.

As in the ICPC World Finals, teams may not bring reference materials to their workstations. However, each team may upload a PDF of 25 pages of reference materials that will be provided to them in printed form during the practice contest and the competition. Please see the ICPC World Finals Rules for details.

Requirements governing contestant conduct are specified in the ICPC World Finals Rules.

Awards and Rankings

For the final results, teams will be ordered first by the greatest number of problems solved, and then by fewest number of penalty minutes. The final scoreboard will show these results for all competing teams.

The top team will be declared the 2020 ICPC North America Champion. The top team will be awarded a Gold Medal, the 2nd and 3rd place teams will be awarded Silver Medals, and the 4th, 5th, and 6th place teams will be awarded Bronze Medals.

Teams will be organized by geography into 4 subregions. The top team from each subregion will be acknowledged as subregion champion:

  • 2020 ICPC North America West Champion
  • 2020 ICPC North America Midwest Champion
  • 2020 ICPC North America East Champion
  • 2020 ICPC North America South Champion

The ICPC North America Championship will determine the ICPC North America Champion and ICPC North America Rankings. In prior years, these were determined at the ICPC World Finals.

Complaints, Appeals, and Remedies

In accordance with the process described in the ICPC Regional Rules, coaches may file complaints or appeals to the ICPC Contest Manager manager@icpc.global. That process begins with the coach filing a complaint within two business days after the results are announced.

Revision

These rules may be revised from time to time. However, advancement to the ICPC North America Championship and the ICPC World Finals are final.