Nothing give jitters to the programmers as much as a big programming carnival. And if you are a programming enthusiast in India, that time for you is now. With ACM ICPC India regionals fast approaching, everybody is busy with giving final touch to their preparation, and perhaps packing bags, by now, for the regionals. And we wanted to help our young friends break out of their nerves and put all their preparation to test, with our October Cook-Off 2013.
While our Mega Cook-Off was set to test the preparations of the ICPC aspirants, it also brought the opportunity for the top 75 Indian Students, as opposed to 50 last year, to have their ACM-ICPC expenses reimbursed. Yay! The details about it can be read here. With all that we were all set for the contest, which promised some tough competition and a lot of fun.
The contest began with first accepted submission on Polo the Penguin and the XOR inside the first ten minutes of the contest. The quick first few accepted submission, indicated a free flowing contest, which was a pleasing sign as it meant that the preparations were good. However, there were instances when the contestants found themselves tangled in problems, especially the ones who tried to find some luck in Polo the Penguin and the Lucky String. It was only after an hour that EgorK cracked it. However, by then three other problems were already seeing accepted submissions, frequently. The problem set was nicely balanced to let the users have fun and test them without causing any turmoil. And it was acknowledged by the contestants and our fellows on the problem setting panel alike.
As the contest progressed, the number for participants and submissions started soaring, indicating a good night for us all. The fight among the contestants (from India), was not only to be among the top, but also to finish up among the top 75 students from India to have their ACM ICPC travel expense reimbursed. And if the numbers are to be believed, they all fought belligerently.
Here are all the numbers to let you decide.
Let’s say hello to the the top performers, Indian as well as Global:
Firstly, the Global:
And, now Indian top five:
The October Mega Cook-Off 2013 was deemed as a warmup for the impending ACM ICPC India regionals. However, we wanted you all to chill, and just participate with all your heart and soul. And we hope you all did. There is still sometime before the onsite regionals and you shall be even better prepared for the onsite event, so All The Very Best from all of us.
Now, before we sign off, let us thank the people responsible for the nicely balanced problem set, which came from Vitaliy Herasimiv, the testing for that, which Tasnim Imran Sunny did splendidly, and the delectable editorials to celebrate the contest from Tuan Anh. The additional colors for the contest in the form of Mandarin and Russian translation came from Minako Kojima and Sergey Kulik.
And a big thanks to all you wonderful people for making it such a wonderful contest. We have always cherished your feedback and suggestions, so keep sending them at email@example.com.
Till next time, it’s adios.
See you at the contest.
We all have a preconceived notion about any competition where the big guns are going up against each others. It becomes easy for everyone to predict the outcome of the contest and more often than not, those prediction comes close to the actual result, if not all true. However, as soon as even a single big name goes missing from the participant table, the slot atop the rank table opens up for almost every participant. That is what happened with our October Challenge 2013. As soon as it was revealed that ACRush, djdolls, and mugurelionut will be on the problem setting bench, there was a sense of relief among the participants. And they all were set to give a shot at the top slot. However, the brawny kgcstar, was still there along with other seasoned campaigners including anton_lunyov, kevinsogo, stzgd, and others to ensure a stiff competitiveness in the air. And with that began our October Challenge 2013.
The October Challenge 2013 had a special flavor added to it in the form of Mandarin translations for all the problem statement. This made it the first multilingual contest of CodeChef, and for our native Mandarin speaking friends, made it easy to understand the problem statements. The Mandarin translation came from Minako Kojima, so a big thanks to her. The contest opened to an action packed weekend, with Lira getting help from all quarters. While Helping Lira made life easy for the participants, Three-Degree-Bounded Maximum Cost Subtree, Fibonacci Number, and Kamehameha were putting the participants to a tough-yet-exciting test. And it’s good to see that they all came out with flying colors.
But who came on top? let’s see the rank tables and find out.
First, the global winners.
And the Indian winners:
Now, let’s move on to our special winners.
Firstly, the young brigade from schools:
And now, the top three Global and Indian users having highest scores other than the winners.
The very first weekend of the contest made it apparent that everyone is going all out to sharpen their programming skills ahead of the impending ACM ICPC regionals, and by the end of the contest we had the numbers reflecting that. Here are those figures for you.
With ACM ICPC just around the corner, it was great to see the number of participants go up in the final stages of the contest. But the real spice was added in the beginning of the contest in the form if the challenge problem scoring changes, which meant that even after the contest is over, there will be not a clear winner until the submissions of the Challenge Problem are being re-judged. This kept a lot of people on the edge of their seats even after the contest was over, including us. Though, the rank table did not changed drastically after the re-judging, but we did saw some shuffle of positions atop. Did you observed any change in your position in the rank chart? Do share it with us. Also let us know what you think of the changes that were brought into effect from October Challenge.
With problem setting panel featuring Tom Chen, Bruno Oliveira, Ivan Zdomsky, Kaushik Iska, Mugurel Ionut Andreica, Sergey Nagin, TianCheng Lou and Vitaliy Herasymiv the problem setters bench for the October Challenge had some real masters of the craft penning down the problems for the contest. The testing of all those problems was done by ShangJingbo, who ensured that the problem set is balanced enough to test the participants and to let them enjoy the contest the fullest. The elaborate editorials came from Ajay Kumar Verma, who has all the expertise required to draft well understandable editorials. In the end all their efforts were appreciated and accepted with lots of love from participants all over the globe.
That sums up the tale of the October Challenge 2013, which saw some twists in rules, some new names in the rank tables, and most importantly gave everyone fun and exciting competition. We will be back with the tale of October Mega-Cook-Off 2013. But till then, why don’t you tell us what you thought of the October Challenge?
So, send us any feedback, suggestion, or query you might have in the back of your mind at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, coming your way is the ACM ICPC Asia-Kharagpur Site First Round Online Contest 2013, we hope you are ready for it.
But till the next big blast, it’s adios from everyone here at CodeChef.
Following your discussions on our forum under “Changes from October Contest” and “Separate final test cases for Challenge Question,” starting from October Challenge 2013, after a lot of deliberation with our problem setting panel, we will be making a few changes in the way the scores for the challenge problem are being calculated:
This will be applicable for long challenges starting from October Challenge 2013. However, these are only provisional and we may change them based on the feedback that we receive from you guys.
How do these changes affect me?
In two simple ways:
Whatever you think of the above mentioned changes, do share with us.
Gear up for the October Challenge 2013 with a pinch of new rules to spice it up.
All the best.
The September iteration of our Lunch Time programming series did not see the same notable participation, as our August Lunch Time did. And it makes us a bit sad, as we want more school students to take part in it. Now, there can be various factors behind the comparatively low participation. But if you have any specific reason which is stopping you to take part in our contests, like tough problem set or the timing of the contest, feel free to let us know. We will try and make sure that it is addressed.
We are sure that all those who did not participate this time will show up in the next contest. Also, if any of you did not participate because you did not do well in the last contest then it is our sincere request to leave it behind and move on. It is only when you keep on participating, you will master the art of programming. We believe, success just happens – really. No one can prepare you or teach you to be successful. It is something that you will have to learn on your own, and master on your own, pretty much like programming. The more you practice and participate in such contests, the more you will learn about it.
So, get up, brush yourself up, for the next October Challenge 2013, which is just around the corner. Put the fret of the past contest to rest and start afresh. We are sure all you young geniuses have incredible potential and that we will see you in our next round of contests, let alone the Lunch Time. By the way, the October Lunch Time 2013 will be held on October 27th, 2013 at 11:00 am.
Now, let’s congratulate our friends in the rank tables of September LunchTime 2013.
And now, the total stats for the contest:
A big congratulations to all the participants for their splendid performance in the contest. You all are awesome.
The numbers, this time around, definitely were a bit on the lower side, but that, together we all can change. And that we should change. The bigger the contest, the healthier will be the competition, and the more fun we will have. You see its a win-win situation for all of us. So, do not hold yourself back, get up and join the league of extraordinary programmers from across the world.
We hope to see all you brilliant young minds, in all our contests. So, starting from the impending October Challenge 2013 we hope to see more and more of our school force taking up the challenges and paving their way up the programming ladder.
If there is something that you want to share with us, your feedback, suggestions, or your tiffin box, we would love to have them. So, keep them coming at email@example.com.
Till next time, TA-TA.