ICPC Challenge Championship powered by Huawei concludes in Dongguan
[Shenzhen, China, August 29, 2023] Huawei partnered with ICPC Foundation to host the very first ICPC Challenge Championship powered by Huawei (the Championship) – a training camp style coding challenge specifically designed for champions from previous challenges – on Friday.
The Championship is a special edition from the series “ICPC Challenge powered by Huawei” (the Challenge). Huawei hosted the first Challenge in 2019 in Porto, as a supplemental event to the ICPC World Finals that year where Huawei designed an AI problem for contestants to solve. Ever since, the Challenge has been co-hosted --nine times until last week-- by ICPC Foundation and Huawei. This inaugural Championship marked the 10th Challenge held since 2019.
“We strongly believe in the power of openness. So, we share our resources, platforms, and tools with the rest of the world and I encourage you to take advantage of them,” said Zheng Liangcai, President of Huawei’s Human Resource Management Department, at the opening ceremony. He further emphasized that the contest is a great platform to stimulate creative ideas.
The Championship involved 58 contestants hailing from 25 countries, and also received the support of more than ten coaches who mentored the contestants. All contestants had participated in Huawei’s previous Challenges and won top prizes. To enable these contestants to unleash their potential, put their coding geniuses to use, and inspire them to rise to challenges, Huawei Cloud and 2012 Lab designed for the Championship a problem on “Buffer Sharing and Pre-allocation for Multi-tenant Database.” Contestants were asked to provide solutions to this specific problem within five hours.
Contestants kick off coding in the Challenge Championship
The whole prize pool was set at over 47,000 Euros, shared by 12 winners. This time, Huawei crowned one Grand Prize, three First Prizes, three Second Prizes, and five Third Prizes. The Grand Prize winner will receive up to 10,000 Euros for his outstanding performance.
“Congratulations to all contestants on taking on the challenge and doing such a wonderful job of solving the problems that have been presented to you.” Dr. William B. Poucher, the President of ICPC Foundation, said at the closing ceremony. He welcomed Huawei’s involvement in contests as positive in helping students to learn about industry’s latest research directions. Poucher also encouraged academia-industry collaboration to further drive technological progress.
The contestants who attended the Championship were invited to city tours in Shenzhen and Dongguan. Huawei also arranged three tech talks and five problem roadshows, which were given by top researchers from within the company.
For more information regarding ICPC Challenge powered by Huawei, please visit: https://www.huawei.com/minisite/icpc2023/en/