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The NAC is a new competition designed to provide a World Finals style experience for teams in North America. Teams from the US and Canada will be invited to a multi-day event at a 5-star facility with meals, first-class hotel rooms, entertainment, and, of course, a fantastic contest provided to all participants.
This event provides three very important things:
In 2020, the NAC will be Wednesday, February 19 (arrival day) to Sunday, February 23 (departure day) with the competition on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
The NAC will be hosted by Georgia Tech College of Computing in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia Tech has prepared an outstanding contest venue at the Georgia World Congress Center, first-class accommodations at the Omni Hotel adjacent to the CNN Center, and several surprise events that will satisfy even the most seasoned World Finals attendee.
Once your team advances you will receive an email telling you how to register for the NAC. A letter of invitation and periodic updates about hotel rooms and other information will be posted on your dashboard. If you are at a Canadian university and need help with a visa, the host will provide a letter and other assistance with that process. You will be asked if you need help with a visa when you register. The host contest manager coordinating all visas is Alyshia Jackson who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teams need to provide their own transportation to Atlanta. Once in Atlanta, everything else is covered by the host, sponsors, and the ICPC. This includes transportation from the airport, hotel rooms for three team members and a coach (double occupancy), all meals and ceremonies, an excursion, and a celebration event.
Yes. Georgia Tech College of Computing has created a site icpcnac2020.cc.gatech.edu to provide information to contestants about Atlanta, the venue, the hotel, and other logistics. The schedule of events will be posted there and at the ICPC site nac.icpc.global.
The full rules are found at nac.icpc.global but here is a quick overview. Teams will compete in the regionals, as in past years, but this year 55 teams from North America will qualify for the NAC. If you are in a region where the same team goes to the World Finals almost every year, here is your chance to experience a World Finals event – and take another crack at the team that beat you in the regionals.
A total of 55 teams will advance to the NAC. The breakdown by region is given below:
|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|
|North Central||7||Southern California||5|
Note that Coaches are expected to accompany their teams to the event (NAC and WF)
There are two paths to the 2020 World Finals:
Additional teams will qualify from the NAC based on their performance. This year, 18 teams will advance from North America to the World Finals: the 11 regional winners and the top 7 teams from the NAC who do not already have an invitation to the WF. There may be overlap between the regional winners and the NAC medalists – or maybe not.
Yes. We anticipate changing the rules next year so that all teams that advance to the World Finals will do so by their performance at the NAC.
No. The top team will advance to the 2020 WF whether they attend the NAC or not. However, teams are highly encouraged to participate for the following reasons:
If the winning team from a regional declines the invitation to the NAC, that spot will be awarded to the team (in any region) that was closest to qualifying for the NAC but did not, where “closest” is a function of the difference between the last team to qualify and the first team to not qualify (problems solved, total time, penalty points, additional considerations).
The NAC is a championship event so first and foremost the NAC will crown the North America Champion. Neither performance at the regionals nor performance at the World Finals will factor into the title North America Champion. You must attend the NAC to earn that title. In addition to the championship trophy, and the gold medal, there will be two silver medals, and three bronze medals. Conference awards based on geography (roughly four divisions of the US and Canada) will also be awarded. All schools will be given a North American ranking. If you attend, you are guaranteed to be ranked a top 55 school in North America. US and Canadian rankings will be discernible from the overall rankings. Additional awards may be given to recognize outstanding achievement before or at the contest.
The NAC is an ICPC contest and is part of the ICPC contest structure :
ICPC is encouraging all the regions in the world to create this additional level of competition. Amazing support from Georgia Tech’s College of Computing allowed us to realize the model this year. Jeff Donahoo serves as Executive Director of the contest, Troy Peace from GT serves as Host Contest Director, and a large number of volunteers are working hard to bring this exceptional event to you.