South Pacific Regional Programming Contest
On September 25-27, a team of University of Canterbury computer science students competed in the South Pacific Regional Final of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. The twelve teams that competed, four from New Zealand and eight from Australia, had won their way into the finals via earlier Divisional Contests. The event, which was spread over two days, was held at Auckland and hosted by AUT. The students had all expenses paid for when they reached Auckland, plus free tickets to the Skytower, thanks to Wisetech Global and Facebook.
It was a great team event for the students, coaches and site coordinators. We congratulate the two teams from University of New South Wales and University of Western Australia who won the right to advance to the World Finals in Phuket next May. We also congratulate our own team of Ray Chen, Ke He and Michael Trotter for being the only team of first year students to make it into the finals. They didn't win any prizes this year, but as the youngest competitors there, we are sure they will be a force to be reckoned with in future years.