The 2017 ACM-ICPC Caribbean Finals


The Association of Computing Machinery is one of the principal voices in the development of ICT in the world. As part of its mandate to provide opportunities for growth and development, they host an annual programming competition called the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). It is the most prestigious collegiate contest in the world and is often described as “The oldest, largest and most prestigious programming contest in the world.” The ICPC fosters creativity, teamwork and innovation in building new software programs. It also enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. Participation in this competition facilitates global educational experience and exposure, the development of discipline and the raising of the level of achievement of students. It represents a great opportunity to invest into our collective vision of building a community of globally competitive citizens in Trinidad and Tobago.

This year the Department of Computing and Information Technology (DCIT) at the University of the West Indies (UWI) hosted the 1st Trinidad and Tobago national contest of the ACM ICPC, on the 7th October 2017. At the national contest, there were: three undergraduate student teams, one postgraduate guest team, and one alumni team guest team from the DCIT. The College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad
and Tobago (COSTAATT) had two undergraduate student teams and one guest team.