The opening ceremony of the most prestigious international contest for solving computer programming problems for university level students the “International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Finals Dhaka” was held on Tuesday (Nov 8) at the International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) located in Bashundhara, Dhaka.

Minister for Foreign Affairs AK Abdul Momen graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and State Minister for the ICT Division of Bangladesh Zunaid Ahmed Palak was present as a Special Guest at the programme.

The President of the ICPC Foundation & ICPC Executive Director Dr. William B. Poucher was also present as the Guest of Honour at the opening ceremony.

The Deputy Executive Director of ICPC & ICPC Director of World Finals Contests Dr. Michael J. Donahoo, the Senior Secretary of ICT Division NM Zeaul Alam PAA, the Vice-Chancellor of UAP & Director of ICPC World Finals Dhaka Prof. Dr. Qumrul Ahsan and the Executive Director of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) Ranajit Kumar were also present at the event.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen in his speech, said, “This prestigious ICPC programming competition is a token of Bangladesh’s commitment to the creation of a thriving digital world with easy, accessible and equitable solutions for all.”

“This contest today, more than the problems it solves, is indeed a genuine acknowledgement of a new Bangladesh and its many new capabilities – where digitalization is embedded into state policies and priority actions.”

State Minister for the ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak said that Bangabandhu envisioned making science and technology-based Golden Bangladesh.

Highlighting the importance of Programming Palak said, “This can help us improve the World, but we need to collaborate, not compete.” He added that, “Programming is the language of the Future. Programming can help bridge the gap between cultures, languages and societies. This is apparent through the various technological innovations we see in the World today. I believe that programmers are the problem solvers of tomorrow.”

Palak said, “Bangladesh is one of the fastest-growing economies in South Asia. we have progressed significantly in all sectors by utilizing ICT.” He also explained the importance of the 3 C’s – Creativity, Collaboration and Co-creation.

The President of the ICPC Foundation Dr. William B. Poucher said, “We are delighted to be here in Dhaka. We are fulfilling our purpose which is to uplift every generation, computer science engineers to build on the strengths of the world that we have today to the benefit of their neighbors.”

Meanwhile, Prof. Qumrul Ahsan said, “UAP recognizes that the adventure of information technology will play a game changing role in the development of digital Bangladesh. He added that it is a great honor for UAP to host this prestigious competition for the first time in Bangladesh.”

He hoped this great event will be memorable and life changing and engaging with the best computing talents from all over the globe.

The opening ceremony, attended by the local and foreign guests including contestants, featured three cultural performances: first, Celebration of Global Youth; second, The Convergence (Music of the World X AI); and third, Sound of the Nation.

At the opening ceremony, the ICPC Foundation presented plaques to commemorate the contributions of the hosts, coaches, sponsors, and Regional Contest Directors (RCDs).

The Foundation, by presenting plaque, also honored late National Professor and Vice-Chancellor of University of Asia Pacific Professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury who pursued the dream of hosting the ICPC World Finals in Bangladesh. Late Prof. Jamilur Reza Choudhury’s wife received the award.

The 45th ICPC World Finals will take place at the ICCB on 10 November 2022. 137 teams from across the world advanced to the 45th World Finals. More than 1000 people are in Dhaka to celebrate the competition, coming from 70 countries.

The 45th edition of the ICPC World Finals is led by the ICT Division of Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh where the Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) of the ICT Division is acting as the executing agency and the University of Asia Pacific (UAP), Bangladesh is the host university of this contest.

About ICPC

The International Collegiate Programming Contest is an algorithmic programming contest, where the best brains compete annually. It’s a real Olympic Games for students and postgraduates, whose teams compete in terms of speed, creativity and innovation in solving problems.
The ICPC traces its roots to 1970 when the first competition was hosted by pioneers of the Alpha Chapter of the UPE Computer Science Honor Society. The initiative spread quickly within the United States and Canada as an innovative program to raise increase ambition, problem-solving aptitude, and opportunities of the strongest students in the field of computing.

Over time, the contest evolved into a multi-tier competition with the first championship round conducted in 1977. Since then, the contest has expanded into a worldwide collaborative of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the annual global championship round, the ICPC World Finals.

The International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is the premier global programming competition conducted by and for the world’s universities. The ICPC is affiliated with the ICPC Foundation.

Results for ICPC World Finals Dhaka


Place Team Award Solved problems Total time Time of last submission
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Gold Medal 11 1339 248
2 Peking University Gold Medal 10 1711 274
3 The University of Tokyo Gold Medal 9 1036 271
4 Seoul National University Gold Medal 9 1303 286
5 ETH Zürich Silver Medal 9 1541 293
6 École Normale Supérieure de Paris Silver Medal 9 1706 293
7 Carnegie Mellon University Silver Medal 9 1741 278
8 University of Warsaw Silver Medal 8 946 218
9 National Research University Higher School of Economics Bronze Medal 8 1092 217
10 St. Petersburg State University Bronze Medal 8 1217 255
11 University of Oxford Bronze Medal 8 1269 264
12 University of Engineering and Technology – VNU Bronze Medal 8 1430 285

Other ranked teams

Rank Team Solved problems
13 KTH – Royal Institute of Technology 8
13 Shanghai Jiao Tong University 8
13 Tokyo Institute of Technology 8
16 Belarusian State University 7
16 International IT University 7
16 Jagiellonian University in Krakow 7
16 Kyoto University 7
16 Purdue University 7
16 St. Petersburg Campus of Higher School of Economics 7
16 St. Petersburg ITMO University 7
16 University of Cambridge 7
16 University of Waterloo 7
16 University of Wroclaw 7
26 Bina Nusantara University 6
26 Faculty of Computer Science, Belgrade 6
26 Hanoi University of Science and Technology 6
26 KAIST 6
26 Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology 6
26 National Taiwan University 6
26 National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University 6
26 Saratov State University 6
26 Swarthmore College 6
26 Technische Universität München 6
26 University of California Los Angeles 6
26 University of Central Florida 6
26 University of Toronto 6
26 Utrecht University 6
26 Xidian University 6
41 Arab Academy for Science and Technology – Alexandria 5
41 Indian Institute of Technology – Kanpur 5
41 Keio University 5
41 Moscow State University 5
41 Universidad Nacional de Córdoba – FaMAF 5
41 Universidad Panamericana Campus Bonaterra 5
41 University of Science, VNU-HCM 5
41 UNSW Sydney 5
41 Ural Federal University 5
50 Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași 4
50 Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology 4
50 Belarusian National Technical University 4
50 Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics 4
50 Charles University in Prague 4
50 East China Normal University 4
50 Georgia Institute of Technology 4
50 Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay 4
50 Indian Institute of Technology – Guwahati 4
50 Indian Institute of Technology – Roorkee 4
50 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology 4
50 McGill University 4
50 National University of Singapore 4
50 Nizhny Novgorod State University 4
50 Shahjalal University of Science and Technology 4
50 Sharif University of Technology 4
50 Texas A&M University 4
50 Universidad de Buenos Aires – FCEN 4
50 Universidad de La Habana 4
50 Universidade Estadual de Campinas 4
50 Universidade Federal de Campina Grande 4
50 University of Hong Kong 4
50 University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 4

Honorable mentions

Adama Science and Technology University Ain Shams University – Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences
Ain Shams University – Faculty of Engineering Al-Azhar University
Al-Baath University Aleppo University
American International University – Bangladesh American University of Beirut
Arab Academy for Science and Technology – Cairo Ateneo de Manila University
Beijing Jiaotong University Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani Campus
Cairo University – Faculty of Computers and Artificial Intelligence Cairo University – Faculty of Engineering
Damascus University Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar
EAFIT University Ecole Polytechnique
El Shorouk Academy FAST Institute of Computer Science
German University in Cairo Higher Institute for Applied Sciences and Technology
Indian Institute of Technology – Varanasi Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
International Institute of Information Technology – Hyderabad ITESM Campus Monterrey
Izhevsk State Technical University Jahangirnagar University
Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University Korea University
North South University Northeastern University
Princess Sumaya University for Technology Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology
Shahid Beheshti University Suleyman Demirel University
Syrian Virtual University The University of British Columbia
The University of Texas at Dallas Tishreen University
Universidad de Costa Rica Universidad de Guadalajara CUCEI
Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas Universidad Mayor de San Simón
Universidad Simón Bolívar Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira
Universidade de São Paulo Universidade de São Paulo – Campus de São Carlos
Universidade Federal da Bahia Universitas Indonesia
University of Alberta University of Asia Pacific
University of Bucharest University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
University of Dhaka University of Melbourne
University of Rochester University of Tehran
University of Wisconsin-Madison Yale University

Region winners

Region Team
Africa & Arabia Arab Academy for Science and Technology – Alexandria
Asia East Peking University
Asia Pacific The University of Tokyo
Asia West Indian Institute of Technology – Kanpur
Europe ETH Zürich
Latin America Universidad Nacional de Córdoba – FaMAF
North America Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Northern Eurasia National Research University Higher School of Economics

First to solve

Problem Team Time
H: Prehistoric Programs Seoul National University 11
C: Fair Division Massachusetts Institute of Technology 25
L: Where Am I? Massachusetts Institute of Technology 30
J: Splitstream The University of Tokyo 37
A: Crystal Crosswind Massachusetts Institute of Technology 50
F: Islands from the Sky National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University 54
I: Spider Walk ETH Zürich 61
B: Dungeon Crawler Seoul National University 76
G: Mosaic Browsing The University of Tokyo 85
E: Hand of the Free Marked Massachusetts Institute of Technology 196
K: Take On Meme National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University 210
D: Guardians of the Gallery Not solved
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