Location and Date

The contest will be held on Saturday March 7, 2020 at the Gates-Hillman Center.

Address: 4902 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Parking Information

There is free parking on Saturdays in the CMU East Campus Garage.

Address: 5040 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Contest Schedule (Tentative)

Time Event Location
8:30-9:00 Arrival and Check-in Gates-Hillman Entrance-4th Floor
9:00-9:30 Breakfast, Opening Remarks Rashid Auditorium-GHC 4401
9:30-10:00 Practice Problem, Lab Set Up Computer Lab-WH 5201,5202
10:00-1:00 Contest Computer Lab-WH 5201,5202
1:00-1:30 Lunch, Final Judging Rashid Auditorium-GHC 4401
1:30-2:00 Awards and Closing Ceremony Rashid Auditorium-GHC 4401

Contest Rules

A link to the official contest rules can be found here.


What kind of programming experience do I need?

There is no requirement, but the contest is designed for participants with basic programming knowledge (control flow, loops, etc.). If you are not sure, you can try some sample problems here and look at past contests here.

Do I need to bring anything?

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and the contest will be run on a CMU computing environment so laptops are not needed. Participants are permitted and may want to bring paper copies of APIs/libraries.

How many teams are allowed per school?

Schools will be registered on a first come first serve basis. Additional teams may be taken if space permits, again on a first come first serve basis.

Who can compete in the competition?

Anyone in grades 9-12 can compete. Participants must register through their teacher/coach.

Will I be able to keep my solutions to the problems?

After the contest, participants may ask to receive their contest solutions over email.

What is the format of the competition?

The contest is based on the format used by the ICPC. You can find a full list contest rules here.

What languages can be used?

Our judging software accepts C, C++, Java, and Python.

Is the contest free?

The contest is free for everyone. Only transportation costs must be covered by the participants.

Any other questions?

Email us here.