HPU returns to defend title at major computer programming competition

November 02, 2012

Congratulations to the HPU students who placed 1st, 3rd (tie), and 5th in the Hawaii site of the ACM international computer programming contest on Saturday, November 5th!
From Left to Right: Carl Farrell (Program Chair), Dr. Curt Powley (Department Chair), Nathaniel Befus, Dongie Agnir, Abe Pineda, Matt Fry, Kevin Goo, Precious Binas, Estefania Duterte, Aaron Sasaki, Asger Lisborg and HPU President Dr. Geoffrey Bannister, celebrate HPU's big ACM win in 2011.

HONOLULU — Students from Hawai‘i Pacific University and their counterparts from schools around the state will gather at Brigham Young University-Hawaii tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 3) for the Hawaii portion of the 2012 Pacific NW Regional ACM Programming Contest — a test of skill for leading computer programming students.

Sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and IBM, the ACM Programming Contest is the oldest, largest and most prestigious programming contest in the world. It begins in state competitions like this one that feed into regional competitions and culminates next summer in the World Finals, which will be held in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

HPU students took first place and fifth place in last year’s grueling, five-hour Hawai‘i competition and tied for third. HPU has won the contest three times (2003 and 2006 were the prior years), with students from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science playing a lead role in each competition.

In each competition, student teams are given computer programming problems to solve and are timed for speed in creating accurate solutions. Last year’s winning team from HPU, for instance, solved its initial problem in just seven minutes — impressively fast for the complex challenges posed to students in this annual contest.

The contest gets underway in the General Classroom Building at 55-220 Kulanui Street in Laie beginning at 10 a.m. For directions and additional information on the contest, please click here.