HPU captured first place in the Hawaii site of this year's ACM International Programming contest, for the second year in a row. HPU's winning team placed 19th out of 111 teams in the Pacific Northwest Region, an impressive feat.
Winning team: Kevin Goo, Kenneth Chai, Kwok Cheung (four problems solved)
2nd place team: Jarred Jobe, Melvin Tomas, Jessia Soriano (three problems solved)
4th place team: Precious Binas, Abe Pineda, Nathaniel Befus (three problems solved)
This year, nine teams competed in the Hawaii site, held at BYUH, including teams from UH Hilo, BYUH, and HPU.
HPU has now won the Hawaii site of this prestigious contest four times: in 2003 (first year held in Hawaii), 2006, 2011, and 2012.
The Pacific NW Region is comprised of the following areas: Alaska, Hawaii, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, northern/central California, Idaho, and western Nevada. Because of the large geographic area of the region, the contest is held simultaneously at multiple sites: California, Northwest (Oregon), Northeast (E. WA and Idaho), Puget Sound (Western Washington), Canada, and Hawaii. The region includes some of the top computer science schools in the country, such as Stanford, Berkeley, and the University of British Columbia.
More about the contest (from http://icpc.baylor.edu/welcome.icpc):
The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) pits teams of three university students against eight or more complex, real-world problems, with a grueling five-hour deadline. The team that solves the most problems in the fewest attempts in the least cumulative time is declared the winner. Participation has grown to several tens of thousands of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines at almost 2,000 universities from over 80 countries on six continents. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. Quite simply, it is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world.
To learn more about the ICPC, visit http://icpc.baylor.edu or http://acmicpc.org.