Contest Rules

Asia Specific Regional Contest Rules

Team Composition
Regional Rules
Conduct of the Contest
Scoring of the Contest
Complaints, Appeals, and Remedies

Team Composition

A representative of the sponsoring institution of higher education, typically a faculty member, must serve as or designate the team coach. The coach certifies the eligibility of contestants and serves as the official point-of-contact with the team prior to and during contest activities. A team may only have one coach.

The coach must fully register teams in the ICPC Registration System within the time set by the regional rules which, for all Regional Contests, is no later than the earlier date of 7 days before the contest. A team is not eligible to compete in the regional contest until the regional contest director has accepted the team in the web registration system. Teams failing to comply with any of these requirements will be ruled ineligible to compete. Only registered reserves may be substituted for contestants. Such substitutions must be entered in the ICPC Registration System by the regional contest director before the contest begins.

Each team consists of three contestants who are eligible to compete in the ICPC World Finals as described under Advancing to the World Finals in the Regional Rules. The team's contestants must satisfy the following eligibility rules.

  • A student must be willing and able to compete in the World Finals.
  • A student must be enrolled in a degree program at the sponsoring institution with at least a half-time load. This rule is not to be construed as disqualifying co-op students, exchange students, or students serving internships.
  • A student may compete for only one institution during a contest year.
  • A student who has competed in two World Finals is NOT eligible to compete.
  • A student who has competed in five Regional Contests is NOT eligible to compete.
  • A student who meets the Basic Requirements and FIRST began post-secondary studies in 2007 or later is eligible to compete.
  • A student who meets the Basic Requirements and was born in 1988 or later is eligible to compete.
  • A coach may petition the ICPC Eligibility Committee to extend the Period of Eligibility for a student whose full-time studies have been interrupted or extended. This includes military or civilian service, illness, work/studies, or personal reasons.
  • The coach must demonstrate that such an extension would not provide an unfair advantage to the team.
  • A petition will be approved routinely if the student meets the Basic Requirements and has not completed more than the equivalent of eight semesters of full-time study as of the date of the regional contest.
  • To make such a request, the coach must petition the ICPC Eligibility Committee at least three weeks before the regional contest. The ICPC Eligibility Committee will render a decision within five days.
  • In addition to the general rules, a team must meet the 2011 regional contest Hsinchu site eligibility requirements to be able to compete in the regional contest.


Regional Rules

These rules are written in U.S. English. Teams such as “baccalaureate degree” have different meanings in different countries. Team composition rules may vary at each contest site to accommodate these differences. The Steering Committee at each site will interpret such differences.

  • The Coach will be the team representative and point of contact during Regional Contest activities. The Coach may appoint “associate coaches” for the team.
  • A team is not eligible to compete in the Regional Contest until the Registration Chair of the contest site has received all materials that certify eligibility from the coach.
  • Contestants are NOT required to be student members of ACM in order to be eligible to compete in a regional contest. Note, however, that all World Finals contestants are required to be student members of ACM one month before the World Finals.
  • Each University or colleges in Asia can organize teams to participate in the contests at any site or multiple sites. However, a contestant can participate, at most, in two (2) Asian contest sites during a contest year.
  • Each contestant is only allowed to enter contest venue in uniform T-shirt, with a badge and photo student ID card on Saturday, 11/26.
  • Each coach is only allowed to enter contest venue in uniform T-shirt and with a badge on Saturday, 11/26.
  • The restrictions on what materials you may bring for use during the contest:
      Unannotated natural language printed dictionary is allowed.
    Contains at most 25 pages of single-sided, letter or A4 size, hand-written notes or copy of your Team REFERENCE Document. We will provide blank A4 size blank pages in the contest.


  • Other contest room rules:
    • No foods and Drinks.
    • Keep your volume lower.
    • Each team is restricted to use only one computer.
    • Please inform the authorities if there is any problem with hardware.
    • The print-out documents will be delivered to each team by the authorities.



    Conduct of the Contest


    Scoring of the Contest


    Complaints, Appeals, and Remedies


    • For other rules and regulation, please
      Solutions to problems submitted for judging are called runs. Each run is judged as accepted or rejected by a judge, and the team is notified of the results.

      Notification of accepted runs may be suspended at an appropriate time to keep the final results secret. A general announcement to that effect will be made during the contest. Notification of rejected runs will continue until the end of the contest.

      A contestant may submit a claim of ambiguity or error in a problem statement by submitting a clarification request to a judge. If the judges agree that an ambiguity or error exists, a clarification will be issued to all contestants.

      Contestants are not to converse with anyone except members of their team and personnel designated by the regional contest director. Systems support staff may advise contestants on system-related problems such as explaining system error messages.

      While the contest is scheduled for a particular time length (typically five hours), the regional contest director has the authority to alter the length of the contest in the event of unforeseen difficulties. Should the contest duration be altered, every attempt will be made to notify contestants in a timely and uniform manner.

      A team may be disqualified by the regional contest director for any activity that jeopardizes the contest such as dislodging extension cords, unauthorized modification of contest materials, or distracting behavior.

      At least six problems will be posed. So far as possible, problems will avoid dependence on detailed knowledge of a particular applications area or particular contest language.

      A problem is solved when it is accepted by the judges. The judges are solely responsible for accepting or rejecting submitted runs. In consultation with the judges, the Regional Contest Director determines the winners of the regional contest. The regional contest director and judges are empowered to adjust for or adjudicate unforeseen events and conditions. Their decisions are final.

      Teams are ranked according to the most problems solved. For the purposes of awards, or in determining qualifier(s) for the World Finals, teams who solve the same number of problems are ranked by least total time. The total time is the sum of the time consumed for each problem solved. The time consumed for a solved problem is the time elapsed from the beginning of the contest to the submittal of the accepted run plus 20 penalty minutes for every rejected run for that problem regardless of submittal time. There is no time consumed for a problem that is not solved.

      It is the responsibility of the Regional Contest Director to specify any additional tie-breakers. Tie-breaker policies must be announced to contestants before the contest begins.

      If irregularities or misconduct are observed during the contest, team members or coaches should bring them to the attention of the contest officials so that action may be taken as soon as possible. After the conclusion of the contest and the results have been made public, coaches may file complaints or appeals as follows:
      • Within 1 day
        The coach may file a complaint by sending an email containing a text message with no enclosures to the Contest Manager. The Contest Manager will forward the complaint to the Regional Contest Director, Super Regional Director, and Director of Regional Contests, copying the coach.
      • Within 2 more days
        The RCD shall respond to the complaint.
      • Within 1 more day
        The coach may file an appeal by sending email to the Contest Manager who will forward the appeal to the Appeals Committee copying the coach and RCD.
      • Within 2 more days The Appeals Committee will investigate the circumstances of the appeal and notify the coach and RCD of their decision.
      This process is governed as follows:
      • The results of the regional contest are not final until the complaints and appeals process has run its course.
      • Only coaches may file complaints and appeals.
      • An appeal must be based on one or more of the following circumstances: violations of the Rules, misconduct by teams, or gross misconduct by contest officials with the intent to do harm.
      • The decisions of the judges are final. Specifically, a decision on a problem submission MAY NOT be appealed.
      • The Appeals Committee overturns decisions only under extraordinary circumstances.
      • The decision of the Appeals Committee is final.
      • No additional finals invitations will be given to remedy to a complaint.
      • All complaints will be acknowledged.
      The appeal will be automatically rejected if the above procedure is not followed.
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