Sunday, July 8, 2007

ACM ICPC World Finals 2008 Location

The location of the 2008 ACM ICPC World Finals is now official. The announcement is on the ICPC site. It will be in Banff Springs, Alberta (wikipedia page). Hopefully they will make it a good year, but my hopes aren't pinned very high since I've heard that Alberta is in "the middle of nowhere". When you have a Canadian saying that he wouldn't want to go there you know somethings not right.

2009 should be a bang though. Currently it appears as though Stockholm, Sweden will be getting it and KTH have some cool things lined up. They were the ones that introduced the new scoreboard this year, so that should give you a hint as to what to expect. It's not official yet, so don't take my word for it. I've spoken to the KTH coach though and they seem very excited about the possibility of hosting the finals.

I'm waiting for the ICPC to come to Cape Town though. If that ever happens I will be very happy. It appears to becoming a lot more competative now though as KTH were the first to put together a bid and that will probably be expected from now on.


  1. Hey, the fact that it's in the middle of nowhere isn't necessarily significant, Las Vegas is in the middle of a desert :P

    Vancouver is ranked #1 by a few surveys as the best place to live on earth, so the rest of canada can't be too bad ;)

  2. Banff is a whopping 4.85km². Now that's ok if you're just visiting for holiday purposes - that hotel looks amazing (and pricey too at $400+ a night). However, I doubt there's going to be anything special on the technological side. That's where being in the "middle of nowhere" doesn't help.

    We'll see in 9 months though. I must get Migael to comment on this as he's the one who put me off Alberta.

  3. hey, banff was pretty cool! Better than the World Finals at the KTH (where they never had enough chairs for everyone...)