International Collegiate Programming
Welcome to the home page of the UW-Madison teams for the programming
contest! This page provides a short introduction to the competition as
well as links to further information.
The International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is a yearly computer
programming competition for undergraduates and first-year graduate students
from all over the world. It consists of several tiers: a regional contest,
the North America Central championship, the North America Championship, and
the world finals. In each contest, three-person teams get five hours to solve
as many problems as they can from a given problem set on one computer.
Each problem set has historically had 8 to 10 problems, which tend to be
applicable to real-world situations with solutions that are intended to use
a wide variety of algorithms. The top finishing teams receive some form of
The UW-Madison teams meet during the school sessions at least weekly.
Our current and past
training pages illustrate best how we prepare
for the competition.
We usually take three to five teams to the regional contest.
Since we started participating in 2001, we have always been able to
advance to the world finals. This makes us
the only school in North America
that has made it to the world finals in all of the past 20 years!
See the Hall of Fame for more about our
The links page will help you become more
familiar with and prepared for the contest. You may also contact
Prof. Van Melkebeek
for further information.
Information about ICPC training sessions is sent to the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list. Here are instructions on how to
from the list.