HPU Team Wins Prestigious Computer Programming Contest

2017 HPU ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest Team

Teams from Hawai‘i Pacific University recently won the Hawai’i site in Division 1 and Division 2 of the 2017 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), Pacific Northwest region, on November 11.

In Division 1, the HPU team bested teams from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, University of Hawai’i at Hilo, and host Brigham Young University–Hawai’i. HPU has now won the top spot of the Hawai‘i site eight times, more times than any other Hawai’i university since the site was created in 2003.

For Division 2, the less difficult of the two divisions in Hawai’i, HPU took 1st and 2nd place out of 14 university teams competing.

In ICPC competitions, teams of three students represent their university in regional competitions in the hope of competing in the world finals. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. According to HPU coach Dr. Curt Powley, “this competition greatly elevates a student's programming and problem solving ability, as well as teamwork skills.” 

In the interest of promoting STEM education to younger students, HPU also sponsored eight high school students who competed on three teams in Division 2. Seven of the students attend St. Andrew’s Priory, and one attends Stanford Online High School.

The Pacific Northwest contest was held simultaneously at six sites in the United States and Canada. HPU's top team ranked 17th in the region out of 72 teams in Division 1. HPU’s Division 2 team was also 17th in the region, out of 94 teams.  For more about the contest, see www.acmicpc-pacnw.org