( Association of Computer Machinery - International Collegiate Programming Contest ) 

Considered the "Olympics of Programming Competitions", the ACM ICPC is a sport programming world championship held annually under the auspices of ACM. For several decades now these four words stand for the most important programming competition among student teams. The contest has consistently showcased the best students from IT departments, in which students who wish to advance in this field have regularly distinguished themselves in universities. Competing in ICPC and preparing for it gives students a chance to improve their skills as well as an opportunity to show themselves to the world-wide IT community.

It is quite simply, the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world.
The ACM-ICPC (Association for Computing Machinery - International Collegiate Programming Contest) is a multi-tier, team-based, programming competition. Headquartered at Baylor University, Texas, it operates according to the rules and regulations formulated by the ACM. The contest participants come from over 2,000 universities that are spread across 80 countries and six continents.
In terms of prize money, the top team takes home $12,000 along with the ACM ICPC Gold medal. Three other teams getting Gold Medal are awarded $6,000. Each Silver Medal team gets $3,000 and each Bronze Medal team is awarded $1,500.
Apart from that, Participants, coaches and registered staff (including volunteer helpers) receive complimentary membership to the ACM for a year.
And more important than all, the winners also get some super bragging rights and job offers from some of the top software companies in the world!

Where does McMaster University stand in ICPC ?
Well last year our McMaster participated in the ECNA ( East Central North America ) regionals with two great teams consisting of three programmers each. McMaster Red Team ranked 34th and McMaster Blue Team ranked 50th on over 130 teams ( only 98 made it to the end ).

For More Info on ICPC checkout our ICPC Page !

( Association of Computer Machinery - Student Research Competition ) 

The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft Research, offers a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees. This event is less known than the famous ICPC and is highly focused on Grad/UnderGrad researchers. To our knowledge McMaster students have never been to it, but not for long!

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