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The Contest

The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM/ICPC) is the largest programming contest among university and college students in the world. This contest that was initiated 24 years ago by the ACM and is held yearly, seeks to engage academics and the information technology industry in shining the spotlight on the next generation of computing professionals and scholars, and to encourage the development of and to recognize excellent team work, programming skills, and problem-solving talent. ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), funded in 1947, is the world's first educational and scientific computing society The contest is a two-tiered competition among teams of students representing institutions of higher education. Teams first compete in the regional contests held around the world from September to November each year. The winning team from each regional contest advances to the ACM/ICPC World Finals, normally held the following March to mid-April. Additional high-ranking teams may be invited to the World Finals as wild card teams. Last year 1968 teams from 1049 universities of 69 countries participated in the regional contests around the world. 60 teams from 22 countries advanced to the World Finals in Orlando, Florida, among which 12 teams were from Asian countries. 78 teams participated in the Tehran contest last year and two teams from Iran advanced to the 2000 World Finals.

Tehran Site

For the second year, Sharif University of Technology (SUT) will be hosting the ACM/ICPC regional contest as one of the 8 sites in Asia. Other sites are Kanpur in India, Tsukuba in Japan, Shanghai in China, Seoul in Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. The Tehran contest is scheduled to be held in SUT during 1-2 November 2000 (Aban 11-12, 1379). We are expecting about 80 teams of university students from Iran and countries in the west of Asia and the Middle East. Asia region director will be present in the contest as the ACM representative. The winning team of Tehran contest will automatically advance to the 25th ACM/ICPC World Finals to be held in Vancouver, Canada, in March 2001. ACM and IBM will bear part of the travelling expenses (up to US$4000) for each advancing team.

Limits on the Number of Teams

There is a limit of two teams from each university, and a limit on the total number of teams that we can accept (about 80). Universities that had a team with rank below 15 in last year contest, can send one more team with our prior approval.


Registration should be done online at main ACM/ICPC site at http://acm.baylor.edu/acmicpc. Follow the registration link. The registration is open now. Please contact us if have problem with Internet access. For registration at the ACM/ICPC office, Iranian teams should have done the following and provide us relevant documents by the deadline:
  • Online registration
  • Official letter from their universities containing the names of the team members, and coach
  • Registration fee payment receipt
It is recommended that one coach is assigned for teams of one university.

Registration Fees

The registration fees for each team is as shown below:

Teams Before August 31, 2000 October 5,2000
From Iran 200,000 Rial 300,000 Rial
From Abroad Free Free

Registration fees should be paid to account number: 727.65 Bank Markazi Iran in the name of the Sharif University of Technology.

Travel Fund

There is no travel fund available for any team.


There is no accommodation available in the university at the time of contest. Iranian teams should take care of their own accommodations. We can help them with hotel reservations, if needed. We will make hotel reservations for foreign teams.


August 31 (Shahrivar 10):
Deadline for registration of local teams with discount fee at the ACM/ICPC office.

September 28 (Mehr 7):
Deadline for registration of local teams at the ACM/ICPC office. Registration may be closed after this deadline.

October 5 (Mehr 14):
Deadline for online registration of ALL teams in the ACM registration site.

October 1 (Mehr 9):
Participation confirmation for foreign teams.

Most foreign teams would need visas for entering into Iran. These teams should prepare well in advance and send us all visa correspondence by Oct 1.