Moscow State University Team wins ICPC 2019 World Finals

For the second year in a row, Moscow State University secures ICPC World Champion Title. The 2020 edition will be held in Russia

Competing with ten teams, Russia won the 2019 Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), hosted by the University of Porto, Portugal. The team from the Moscow State University, winner of last year’s edition, made it to the top-3, again, earning the Cup and the Gold Medal of what is regarded as the world’s biggest university programming competition. After winning the title, Moscow was chosen to host next year’s edition of the ICPC’s world finals, which will take place between June 21 and June 26, 2020. This is the first time the event will be held the capital, after two past editions in St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg. The team from the Moscow State University was the best among 135 groups, from 47 different countries, and also the winner of the Northern Eurasia region. The winning group was the first to solve two of the challenges, and the only one solving 10 out of 11 problems. In 43 editions, the Moscow State University was the first education institution winning the competition two years in a row. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (winner of the Northern American region), the University of Tokyo (winner of the Asia-Pacific region) and the University of Warsaw (the best European Team) also won gold medals. The National Taiwan University (Taiwan), the University of Wroclaw (Poland), the Seoul National University (South Korea) and the North Korean KimChaek University of Technology (winner of the Eastern Asia region) won silver medals. And the bronze medals were awarded to the Sharif University of Technology (Iran) (winners of the Western Asia region), the Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology (Russia), the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong). For five consecutive hours, the contestants were challenged to solve 11 everyday problems – with subjects ranging from glazed tiles shops, to the construction of bridges or the organization of traffic signs – using C++ or Java programming languages and testing their logic and “algorithmic creativity” skills. The competition, which made its appearance in Portugal for the first time this year, brought together more than 400 students that are considered to be the best and brightest programming talents of the world.

Syria and Argentina: regional winners in the ICPC

The Syrian Virtual University was considered the best team in the Africa and Middle East regional group, reaching the 21st position in the global ranking. Argentina was the big winner of the Latin American region, represented by the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. With 17 teams each, China and the USA were the countries competing with more students, followed by Russia – winner of this year’s edition as well as the later ones – with ten teams. Brazil, Syria, Egypt and India were also strongly represented in the competition. The ICPC World Finals were held in Porto, Portugal, between March 31 and April 5, 2019. The event was attended by the world’s best university students, from 45 different countries, in the fields of computer programming, engineering and mathematics. The ICPC has been attracting increasing attention from big technology brands, while also providing students with a unique opportunity to showcase their talent to companies that seize this opportunity to recruit “the brightest minds”. The 2020 World Finals will be held in Moscow, Russia, from June 21 to June 26.
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Our volunteers

Without the 150 plus U.Porto student, it would not be possible to bring to Porto the biggest programming competition in the world.
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Walking Historic Porto

The participants of the ICPC 2019 had the chance to visit our beautiful city. And the "verdict" could not be better: "It's Heaven!"
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Opening Ceremony

Our beloved Casa da Música (House of Music) received the opening ceremony of the ICPC 2019.
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Welcome to Porto

That's how we welcomed the more than 1500 participants of the 2019 ICPC International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals! Along the way, we met the Team University of Porto, which will represent Portugal in the competition.
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ICPC 2019: The Event that will turn Porto into the Innovation Capital of the World

After four decades of putting some of the most remarkable programmers, from universities around the world, head-to-head, the great 2019 World Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) have finally arrived in Portugal and will be hosted by the University of Porto. The passage through Porto of the world’s greatest and oldest university programming contest, however, won’t be all about the great finals. From 1 to 6 April, the “Invicta” will turn into a true technology and innovation capital of the world, as a result of a broad range of events open to all participants and potentially interested citizens. A programming competition organized by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (FCUP), the 2019 edition of the  National Olympiad in Informatics, a hackathon, privileged encounters between large companies and young entrepreneurs, conferences on the future of technology and debates on the digital single market are just a few examples of a rich program of events taking place in Alfândega do Porto and Porto Innovation Hub; the “patrons” of the great 2019 ICPC World Finals event in the city. Let us run through the events: On 1 April, Alfândega do Porto will be hosting the Start & Scale Weeka free entry initiative (subject to prior registration) by ScaleUp Porto to “promote innovation, entrepreneurship and technology”. The starting point will be the conference: “Developing skills for the future tech industry”, where national and international guests will be discussing how new generations might impact the future of technology. On the same day, Alfândega do Porto will also host the 2019 National Olympiad in Informatics, a contest co-organized by FCUP to “promote a taste for information technology” in young secondary education students, who will be challenged to solve problems using the programming languages “C, C++, Pascal or Java”. The four more talented young computer scientists will represent Portugal in the August 2019 International Computing Olympiads, in Azerbaijan. April 3 will be one of the busiest days of the week, starting with a hackathon – a programming marathon.  “Hackacity Porto”, supported by FCUP, is a big data event where participants are challenged to resort to the data volumes generated by the city of Porto and use them to “create instruments, analyses and models” that offer practical solutions and help improve the quality of life of the population. The contest is open to all participants upon prior registration, here. Concurrently, secondary education students will have the opportunity to take part in a programming tournament – ToPAS – created by the Computer Science Department of the Faculty of Sciences. The tournament tests, although supervised by a jury, will be assessed by an automatic system developed by the Department specifically for this purpose. The tournament's challenges require “problem-solving dexterity, sound knowledge of algorithms, fast programming skills and a team spirit”, but, more importantly, they aim to provide students with an opportunity to expand their “knowledge, problem-solving and computer science skills.” Also, on 3 April, the Start & Scale conferences will invite participants to reflect upon cybersecurity. The admission is free but subject to prior registration, here. On 4 April, all attention will be geared towards the great ICPC World Finals. The Start & Scale Week programme will be running in parallel, with encounters between start-ups and large companies, in a dialogue that might form the basis for future collaborations. The conferences will be resumed on 5 April, and the hosts guarantee that they shall not be conventional. At Porto Innovation Hub, participants will also have an opportunity to learn about different ways of financing their business, through personal and direct contact with experts in the field. The admission is free but subject to prior registration. This week, dedicated to technology and innovation, closes with the Conference “Scaleup for Europe – There’s a Market in cities”, at the Porto Innovation Hub. The challenges and opportunities of a world that’s becoming increasingly urbanised raise an interesting question for the participants: “How can we work together, conduct business and improve the quality of life in cities?”. The conference agenda covers several points of discussion, including debates on the need for cooperation between large companies, start-ups and cities, the digital single market or the notion of cities as “opportunity hubs”. The admission is also free and subject to prior registration, here.  
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Porto is ready to welcome ICPC World Finals 2019

The world’s biggest and oldest collegiate programming competition is coming to Porto. On April 4, the Alfândega Porto Congress Centre will host the 43rd edition of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Finals, the annual meeting that sets to head some of the greatest young talents in programming from universities from all around the world. Hosted by the University of Porto with the support of the Municipality of Porto, the North Regional Coordination and Development Commission and Tourism of Portugal, this year’s edition will last for a whole week – from March 31 to April 5, 2019 – in which Porto will become the programming capital of the world.   The contest’s grand final will be the culmination of several months of competition between aspiring programmers from all over the world. Solely in the 2018/19 edition, which will be the biggest ever, the challenge has been accepted by 50.000 students, guided by more than 5.000 coaches, representing more than 3.000 universities from 111 countries, after a knockout stage that took place in 530 different locations of the globe.   The city of Porto will welcome the 400 most gifted programmers, divided into 135 teams that, after going through all the qualifiers, will now compete for gold. This year’s most represented countries are the USA, China, India, and Russia (reigning champions). Brazil, Syria, and Egypt will send large delegations as well.   The ICPC World Finals will also be attended by 1500 participants, including 400 students and 250 volunteers. These numbers add up to one of the biggest finals ever, according to the competition’s organizers.   The contest will take place on April 4. The event’s schedule includes a wide range of other activities, such as fairs, hackathons or workshops, among other initiatives to guide the participants in the discovery of Porto as a home for innovation.   The 43rd Annual World Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest is sponsored by DNS.PT, Associação de Turismo do Porto e Norte, Farfetch, Primavera BBS, Euronext, Jumia, Natixis, Autosueco, Axians, Cisco, Maxiglobal and SONAE Previous year’s winners and finalists include, among several other programmers, entrepreneurs or scientists, co-founder and CEO of Quora, Adam D’Angelo, CEO of Zappos and Manager at Facebook, Tony Hsieh, creator of Apache Spark, co-founder and CTO of Databricks, Matei Zaharia, and the first employee at Google, Craig Silverstein. Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, Accenture or Adobe are some of the top employers of ICPC alumni. The most successful countries in this competition are the USA with 17 wins, and Russia with 13 wins. However, no American university has won in 20 years, and Russian universities have won 7 finals in a row. The Saint Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics is the institution with the most gold trophies in the history of ICPC, with a total sum of seven wins. In 2018, the ICPC Finals were hosted by the Peking University, in China, and the winning team was from the Moscow State University, Russia.
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ICPC delegation visits the University of Porto

The ICPC operations team visited the University of Porto during this week in order to accompany and assist the preparations for the scheduling of the event.   Fully prepared to receive this event, the University of Porto reinforced the readiness to welcome all the participants in the city of Porto in march 2019. The University of Porto has also the expectation that this event will be a great event not just for the participants but also to the city of Porto and the North of Portugal.   In order to host one of the most important events taking place in 2019 in the city of Porto, which is being held for the first time in Portugal, the University of Porto has the support of the Porto Municipal Council and the Regional Coordination and Development Commission of North in the organization of the 43rd edition of the International Collegiate Programming Contest.  
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Porto Best European Destination

Porto, the ICPC 2019 city host, was elected best European destination in 2012, 2014 and now again for 2017. What makes this city so appealing? In 2012 and 2014, Porto was distinguished with the prestigious title of Best European Destination. The city competed against 19 other selected towns and after a three weeks’ period of online voting, the results came out and Porto was announced has the winner. On February 10th, Porto was announced Best European Destination 2017, having competed against other great cities, such as London, Rome, and Berlin. More than half the votes came from outside of Portugal, which means that there are Porto lovers all over the world.   Besides this title, Porto has other ones in its most recent history. The city was also highlighted by Lonely Planet has one of the top 10 best value cities in 2017, and earlier in 2015, was also elected by USA Today readers as the Best Under-the-radar Romantic Destination. According to Euromonitor International, the city of Porto was one of the top 100 City Destinations 2018. So, why is Porto one of the best european destinations? Find out more in this article.
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