The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest
(ICPC) is contest which
challenges participants (undergrads and first-year graduate students) to
solve algorithmic problems efficiently and code the solutions quickly.
I first participated in the ICPC as a contestant on
Madison's team in 2005.
Our team – Patrick Davidson, Alex Frase and myself – placed first in
the regionals and progressed to the world finals in Shanghai, China. I
volunteered as an assistant coach from 2006 to 2008, and was the main coach in
2009. Each year we carried on our tradition of advancing to the world
Links to our intensive training regimen can be found here,
and a comprehensive list of UW-Madison's ICPC accomplishments can be found