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Bojan Kostadinov

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Brian Dean wrote:Welcome to the 2011-2012 season of the USA Computing Olympiad!

As in past years, the USACO coaching staff plans to offer six on-line programming contests this season:

Nov 11-14: November Contest
Dec 9-12: December Contest
Jan 6-9: January Contest
Feb 3-6: February Contest
Mar 2-5: March Contest
April: US Open

Contests are free, open to all students, and available in three levels of difficulty: bronze (novice), silver (intermediate), and gold (advanced):

- Bronze-level problems require basic programming knowledge and only fundamental algorithmic skills (e.g., sorting, recursion).

- Silver problems involve "standard" algorithmic techniques (e.g., shortest paths, straightforward dynamic programming, greedy algorithms).

- Gold problems are quite challenging, requiring clever combinations of sophisticated algorithmic ideas.

All new competitors start out in the bronze level, and earn promotion to higher levels by demonstrating excellent performance on a contest in their current level. Contests are usually 3-5 consecutive hours in duration, which students can schedule any time during a 4-day contest window. Students can submit programs in C, C++, Java, or Pascal.

Our website (http://www.usaco.org) offers hundreds of hours of free on-line training materials for those seeking additional resources to help improve their algorithmic coding skills.

The very best students in the USA who excel in our contests will be invited to attend the USACO summer training camp in early June, where they will receive advanced instruction and the opportunity to compete for membership in the 4-person team representing the USA at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), the most prestigious high-school computing contest at the international level, held in 2012 in Milan, Italy.

For additional information, please see our website: http://www.usaco.org

We're looking forward to a challenging and fun season! Please encourage all students you know to participate!

One final word of thanks to Rob Kolstad, for two decades of service at the helm of the USACO, during which time tens of thousands of students have benefited from his contributions -- particularly the extensive set of on-line training materials he helped to develop. Rob is retiring from active management of the USACO, although he and founder Don Piele continue to play an advisory role in the organization. Please direct future inquiries about all things USACO-related my way.

Happy coding,

- Brian

Brian C. Dean (bcdean@clemson.edu)
Associate Director, USA Computing Olympiad
Associate Professor, School of Computing, Clemson University
Box 340974 | Clemson, South Carolina 29634-0974
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