South Africa 2019

The 21st South African ACM ICPC regional will take place on 27 October 2019.


The reference rules are available on the ACM's contest web site. All team members must bring valid student identification and coaches must be prepared to vouch for the team members' student status. The following are region-specific localisations of the rules:

  1. We will take a baccalaureate degree to be a four-year Honours degree. As such, the Honours year does not count as post-graduate study (a graduate degree, in American terminology), but rather as part of your bachelor's degree (undergraduate).
  2. Teams must be populated from a single university and must have a coach who is a faculty member or is appointed by the faculty member to act on the faculty member's behalf.
  3. The contest will last five(5) hours (not counting additional activities, which will be mandatory to qualify).
  4. There will be at least six(6) problems to be solved.
  5. Multiple teams may be entered by any given university. In the event that a location is oversubscribed (full), universities may be asked to prioritise their teams.
  6. Languages to be used will be C, C++, Java and Python 3.
  7. All contestants will be programming in a Unix (Linux) environment. This is to keep in line with the software used at the world finals.

Software Versions of Markers
The markers have been installed with:
OS: Ubuntu 18.04.3
Languages: Python 2.7.15 and 3.6.8, C\C++ - GCC 7.4.0 and Java - OpenJDK 11.0.4

Rules and Manuals
The 2019 contest rules and Abacus manual are available.


The schedule for the contest this year is given in the table below:

Time (*) Event
8:30 Registration commences
9:00 Registered teams move to the competition area
Contest rules, Abacus manual and testing of logins
9:15 Mock Contest begins
9:45 Mock Contest ends
10:00 2019 South African regional begins
15:00 2019 South African regional ends
15:30 Announcement of results
(*) All times will be given in UTC+2.


The problem set for the 2019 South African regional contest will be posted when the contest is officially under way. Hard copies of the problem set can then be printed.

Mock Contest Problems 2019
Mock contest problems for 2019 are here.
Contest Problems 2019
2019 contest problems are availabe here.


Final standings are available here.


Documentation is available here