Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the largest educational and scientific society of computer engineers, students and researchers, has been organizing International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) to sharpen analytical, programming and problem solving skill of young computer wizards for the last 33 years. ACM also gives Turing Prize, widely regarded as Nobel Prize for computer scientists.


This year KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, hosted the World Finals of the prestigious ACM ICPC during April 18-22 in a Nobel way. Grand Hotel, Stockholm- the most prestigious hotel in Sweden partially accommodated 100 winning teams selected from 7,109 teams of 1,838 universities from 88 countries competing in 259 sites. Inauguration and the dinner took place at the City Hall hosting Nobel banquets and Prize Distribution ceremony was held at Concert Hall, where Nobel prizes are awarded each year. These 100 winning teams came from 34 countries.


BUET team has made to the world finals with a clean record of 12 consecutive participation that can be boasted by only 4/5 universities in the world. This battle of the brains started at 9:45 am local time on the 21st instant and continued for 5 hours. In this contest BUET team occupied 34th position by solving 4 problems leaving teams from the reputed universities like host KTH, KAIST, Cornell, UIUC, UT Austin, CalTech, Purdue and National University of Singapore behind. The whole contest was shown live in Swedish National TV, and can also be seen at In a follow up event called ICPC Challenge, BUET team became runners up beating this year’s Champion St Petersburg University of IT, Mechanics and Optics. ICPC Challenge contests among 4 finalist teams were shown live during award giving ceremony.


Among the 5 teams from the subcontinent including 2 from India BUET’s performance was the best as it performed in previous years as well. It may be mentioned here that Dhaka University was also ranked 49th this year.

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