The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is a multitier, team-based, programming competition operating under the sponsorship of ACM and headquartered at Baylor University. UMT organized the regional contest for the Pakistan Region in November 2016. Apart from ACM and IBM, Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad approved substantial financial support for this event. The event was held in 2 legs, where in the first leg more than 400 participant teams from all across the country participated from their home cities in an online programming competition round. This helped in short listing almost 100 top teams for the second leg of the event which was organized at UMT Lahore campus on November 27-28, 2016.
Dr M Umar Suleman, faculty member at the Department of Computer Science, at UMT Regional Director for Pakistan Region, helped organize the event. The Department of Computer Science at UMT took this initiative to organize this event with the consent of Dr Shaukat Iqbal Kamboh, Dean SST, and under the leadership of Dr Adnan Abid who managed this event with the help of a dedicated team involving faculty, students, and staff from several different departments of the university.
Dr Masroor Hussain from GIKI was the Chief Judge. The Chief Invigilator for on-campus round of the regional event was Dr Yasir Niaz from UCP, Lahore, who was supported by faculty members from FAST, Lahore.
A team comprising of Abdul Rehman, Syed Zeeshan Ali, and Awab Ahmad from UMT, Lahore was declared to be the champion of this regional contest. The team was mentored by Nabeel Sabir Khan, a dedicated faculty member from the Department of Computer Science at UMT. According to the rules of this contest, this winning team along with their mentor will participate in the World Final going to be organized between 20-25 May at Rapid City, South Dakota, USA.
It is worth mentioning that this year’s competition is the biggest ever computer programming competition in the history of Pakistan, which was not only successfully organized by UMT, Lahore, but was also won by our hardworking students.