Well, this is my third participation in an ICPC regional. This time we as Saklar Lhompat team participated in Philippines, in Manila site. This is also my second time to participate in a foreign site, as (unfortunately) Jakarta didn’t host a regional this year. University of Indonesia had also sent two other teams (Vidina and Algorythmists) to Kuala Lumpur site this year.
Honestly, we expected to become a world finalist this year :D. We had participated in nearly all college national programming contests before, and got pretty nice results. Each of us also practiced regularly in online judges, me especially in TopCoder (SRMs). So, we hoped that we got some luck and succeeded this year.
We were assigned a new coach, Denny. He participated in an ICPC regional in around 2000’s. My teammates were also the same as the previous year, i.e., Alham Fikri Aji and Berty Tobing.
The teams were selected by choosing the top 3 teams from my university in Indonesia National Contest. Then, our team was selected to participate in Manila, while the two other teams were selected to compete in Kuala Lumpur.
I told Ilham Kurnia, my programming contest trainer, that we were going to take the Manila regional. He immediately warned me that from his previous experience in competing in Manila twice, this site was always badly organized. The problem statements were ambiguous, the clarification was not so helpful, etc. So, he advised us to anticipate for every bad things that might happen during the contest. [Read more…]