ACM Boston Preliminary (BOSPRE 2016)
Programming Contest Home Page
- BOSPRE 2016 will be on Saturday Oct 15.
WE NEED HOST SITES FOR 2016.
We had 25 teams last year. MIT can handle 15+ teams.
We need either one more host site that can handle 10+ teams
or two more that can handle 5+ teams each.
This year you can provide one computer per team as before
OR you can provide WIFI sufficient to handle the teams which
will bring their own computers.
To see what is involved look
If you have further questions or want to serve as a host-site for 2016,
or during some future year,
IMPORTANT CHANGE: This year at the MIT host site (and maybe other
host sites) teams must bring their own computer capable of WIFI
and ssh with terminal emulation. They can test their computer
on the practice sites given each team when it registers.
RULES CHANGE: This year the autojudge with return for each
incorrect submission the judge's input and output for the first
failed judging test case, FOR THE THREE EASIEST PROBLEMS ONLY.
See `Problem Scores' in
for more detail.
- Remember there is a $75 per team entrance fee
payable by check or cash - please make provision for this.
IMPORTANT: YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE
for PRINTING AND BRINGING programming language specific
help and demo files, which are valuable guides to contest input/output
programming. Printable pdf files are available on the
- IMPORTANT RULE: ACM requires that each individual
team member have COMPLETED their registration at the
ACM Programming Contest web site
BEFORE the team comes to BOSPRE 2016!
MIT Building 26|
Host Site for BOSPRE 2015
IMPORTANT: Building May Change!
All registered teams will be given a practice account for
the BOSPRE Practice Facility.
Please use this to familiarize yourself with the programming
environment and contest procedures before you come. Also please
see the help files below before you come, and please print the
help and demo files specific to the programming language(s)
you want to use, and bring these printouts with you to the contest.
It is also possible to use the practice facility without an account,
by emailing problem solutions to the facility autojudge.
BOSPRE 2016 is a cooperative effort between TO BE DETERMINED,
which are the host sites, and Harvard,
which provides judging and problems using the net.
When you register for BOSPRE 2016 you will NOT be assigned a
hosting site. This will be done by the BOSPRE 2016 managers the
weekend before the contest.
Some issues are: (1) some hosting sites are easier for some teams to
drive to than other sites, (2) some teams may be able to travel by
subway or bus to some sites but not others, and (3) two teams from
the same school go to the same hosting site.
Although BOSPRE 2016 will have multiple hosting sites, there
will be only one scoreboard and all teams at all BOSPRE 2016
hosting sites will be competing against each other.
There will be $75 per team registration fee.
It needs to be high enough so the team and coach
can be well feed by a caterer.
The Harvard teams will attend BOSPRE (to save travel money).
To avoid conflict
of interest, Bob Walton will not coach the Harvard teams for BOSPRE
(but will for the Regionals). To provide approprate practice for
everyone who wants it,
the last 2 (or 3 if requested) BOSPRE contests will be made available
as practice contests to ALL teams registered for BOSPRE.
Your coach will be sent account names and passwords for these
practice contests when they are available.
There is a
BOSPRE Practice Facility
that is up year-round.
Each member of each team, BEFORE the team arrives at the contest, should
read the following help files:
You should also read the help
and demos files specific to your programming language
that are on the Help Page.
Of course its OK to not do this
if you are less concerned about being competitive.
IMPORTANT: You are
responsible for printing from the web any language (C, C++, JAVA)
specific help and demos files you need, and bringing them to the
contest. Printouts of the above listed non-language specific
help files will be provided to you at the contest.
No activities are planned for team coaches, but if any want
to plan something, e.g., lunch, they can email all the BOSPRE
team coaches at once at the mail drop
The Northeastern North America Regional web page is
Last year's BOSPRE 2015 web page is still hanging around:
To contact the managers of BOSPRE 2016, email