Roman Elizarov, Devexperts board member and Projects Coordinator, Director of ACM ICPC contest finals 2013 shares his experiences of the ACM ICPC contest finals organization.
– ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) is an annual multi-tiered competitive programming competition among the universities of the world. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. Quite simply, it is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world. Roman is not the only person in Devexperts, who is concerned with ACM ICPC, but the most known one.
I would like to start this interview with congratulations. Participants and guests appreciation of ICPC finals contest organisation is very high. Do you feel that your efforts have been rewarded by everybody’s recognition?
– Yes, it was an extremely rewarding experience. It turned out much more rewarding than I had anticipated. The whole contest organization was an effort of
360 students arrived to ICPC final contest in St. Petersburg, and it is was only a small part of all attendees. How much time did it take you to organise ICPC finals contest? How many people were in your team?
– The initial scouting for contest venues had been performed many years ago, while the operational work to organize this contest started full speed slightly over a year ago. ITMO host team consisted of several dozen key staff members and more than a hundred volunteers. We’ve tried to credit everybody who we could identify in our brochure here.
ICPC twitter account shows us some figures, which up to the a point reflect the amount of work done during the process of event organization. What caused the main difficulties? What are you mainly proud of?
– There were a lot of difficulties and most of them came from unexpected directions. We welcomed into St. Petersburg and hosted more than a thousand contestants, coaches, regional contest directors, staff members, volunteers
How did you get to become an ACM ICPC 2013 World Finals Director director of ICPC finals contest 2013?
– It was all quite natural for me. I started as a participant in ACM ICPC in 1994, my team became the first Champion of Russia in 1996, and I’ve been working as a principal organizer and a Chief Judge of ACM ICPC Northeastern European Regional Contest (NEERC) since 1997. It was largely the same group that was forming for 16 years and organized NEERC that hosted ACM ICPC World Finals in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2013.
We know, that it has been the first time, when ICPC finals contest was held in Russia since it was established in 1977. Did you feel any additional responsibility, connected with it?
As far as I know, you were working on ICPC finals contest organization along with your main responsibilities at Devexperts. How did you manage to combine two highly responsible positions?
– Both for ACM ICPC World Finals and at Devexperts I have great teams that I work with. All team members feel their responsibility and their contribution to
You have acquired a lot experience and ideas while in charge of such a big event. Could you share some of those with us? Which of them are you going to use in your everyday business life?
– Most of my newly acquired experience relates to the fact of dealing with
What are your plans regarding ICPC events in the future?
– I will continue to serve as a Chief Judge for ACM ICPC NEERC and will continue to be a part of ICPC Executive Committee in my role as ICPC Secretary. ACM ICPC had become an integral and inseparable part of my life.
Thank you, Roman!