ACM Programming Contest - South Pacific Region

ACM Programming Contest - Christchurch Site

In the middle of second semester the University of Canterbury will take part in the South Pacific Eastern Divisional Contest for the ACM Programming Contest. This year the Central Divisional contest will be on Saturday 20 October, 2018. The University of Canterbury hosts the Christchurch Site. Results from the Divisional Contest will determine which teams go on to compete in the Regional Contest; see the contest rules for details. The Regional Finals will take place in Sydney Australia on 23 - 24 November 2018. The top 2 teams will qualify for the 2019 World Finals.

Teams of 3 students work together to solve about 9 problems within a 5 hour period. Each team only has access to one computer. Programs may be written in Java, C, C++ or Python. The contest involves problem solving, programming, and lots of teamwork. There are prizes, and a t-shirt. Entry costs $90 (including gst) per team but this might be subsidised by your department (if you're a University of Canterbury Team) or School. Check with the site director (Richard Lobb) for details.

The Christchurch Site is hosted by the The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Canterbury.

We are part of the South Pacific Region. This site has a lot of useful information such as :

For details of entering a team please go to the South Pacific Region web pages.

The date for the 2018 ACM South Pacific divisional's contest is Saturday 20 October. The contest will be held in one of the ground floor laboratory 2 (room 132) of the Erskine Building, cnr Science and Engineering Rds, Ilam, Christchurch. The contest will start at 2pm. However, teams are expected to be present at 12:30 for an introductory session practice.

Timetable for the contest day

12:30 Arrival at the contest site. Please report to Erskine Lab 2 (Room 133)
12:40 Introduction and contest instructions
14:00 Contest starts
19:00 Contest ends
19:15 Pizza + presentations to teams.

More information on how the contest will be run is available in the team talk document.

For more information relating to the Christchurch site please contact :

Richard Lobb (, Ph : +64 3 369 2466)
Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
Erskine Building
Cnr Science and Engineering Rds
Christchurch NZ

Richard Lobb