Frequently Asked Questions
Please note that some of what is said here is specific to the Central European Region. Some policies may be different in other regions. In any case, the Regional Contest Director makes the final decisions, so it is always a good idea to ask her if you are in doubt.
List of Questions
Is a team composed of students from different universities possible?
No. It was possible some time ago, under several specific conditions. The rule was changed and "mixed" teams are no longer allowed.
Does a team really need a Reserve? What is its role?
A Reserve is really optional. Its main purpose is to have one more person who is certified to be eligible; just in the case that one of the regular team members cannot participate in the Contest (for example falls ill one day before the Contest).
How do teams apply if there is a local contest at their university after the registration deadline?
Since it is becoming more and more popular that individual universities
organize a local contests to select their teams representing them at the
Regional Contest (a very good preparation, by the way!), and since those
contests are often one or two weeks before the Regional Contest (and
therefore well after the application deadline), it is not possible for them
to submit a complete application in time.
Is a participation in an other than the assigned Region possible?
Generally it is. There is an assignment of countries to the regions, but we handle that quite flexible. The
main goal is to enable the participation of as much teams as possible.
What is the difference between Faculty Advisor and Team Coach?
ACM Student Chapters have Faculty Advisors. ACM Programming Contests have Coaches. Coaches once were called Advisors but this lead to confusion.
The CTU Open Contest is a preparation for the CERC. It is a local
contest held at CTU Prague and its main goal is to choose the team
representing CTU in Central European Regional Contest. To make the
competition more interesting, the Contest is open for any Czech
Are contestants allowed to talk to their Coaches during
the actual Contest?
What will the exact computing environment be?
There is a special web page describing the used computing environment. Please, see that page for more information.
How can participants obtain a copy of the sample solutions and the files used for judging?
After the Contest a special presentation of feasible algorithms for every given problem will be held. The source code of sample solutions and the test data will be published on the official web pages several days after the Contest. The source code of all submitted runs will be made available if conditions permit but this is not guaranteed.
Anyway, after publishing the test data, no objections or protest against the judge decisions are acceptable. The final standings cannot be changed then under any circumstances.
How do teams obtain a copy of their files produced during the Contest?
Also contain of home directories of teams will be published on these web sites.
How many teams can advance to the World Finals?
The Central European Region is granted one initial berth in the Contest
Finals. The team on the first rank can advance to the Finals. If that team
cannot or does not want to participate in the Contest Finals, the next team
on the ranking list is given the berth.