Category Archives: Competitions


I was a member of the team that went to the local competitions in Potsdam. I found out tonight that our team was selected to compete in the Regional competition in Rochester, New York on October 31st. I am proud of our team. Nice work Sandy, Henk, and Matt (who was there in spirit). Special thanks go out to our coaches: Dr. Constantinides and Alex Vallée.

The competition consisted of seven problems. We had five hours to solve them and access to only one computer.

I will post the pdf with the problems we encountered during preliminaries once it is available. If I have free time, I will write a post discussing our solutions, what we could have done better, and what we were prepared for.

Now it’s back to studying for midterms (four left) and putting off assignments.

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ACM ICPC Participants

SCS is looking for students to send to the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. The ICPC is a programming competition involving tough algorithmic problems. Last year Concordia passed the preliminaries in Montreal and made it to the regionals in Rochester!

This year the preliminaries are not being held locally, but in Potsdam, New York on October 17th (that’s a Saturday). Please e-mail SCS at as soon as possible if you are interested and meet the following requirements:

  • You must be able to travel to the US. Click for details.
  • You must either be born in 1986 or later, or have first started post-secondary studies (this includes CEGEP) in 2005 or later. See also “Basic Requirements” and “Period of Eligibility” on the competition website.

I encourage applying if you are in your first or second year. This way, even if you may not know how to solve the problems now, you will know what to expect when you participate in future years.

Note: It will take two and a half hours to drive there (and the same amount of time to drive back). The competition lasts 4-5 hours. We should be able to make the entire journey in one day.

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