German Collegiate Programming Contest

Table of contents

    1. GCPC
      1. Organisation
      2. Practice Sessions
      3. Rules
    2. Preparation
      1. Organization
      2. Content
      3. Syllabus
      4. References


GCPC is an annual contest, which serves as a qualification round for NWERC (North Western European Regional Contast). NWERC in its turn is a qualification round for ACM ICPC, a world-wide competition in algorithmic programming for students.

GCPC is a competiton for teams consisting of 2 or 3 participants. Please refer to the GCPC web-page for more information.


The contest takes place on TBD, 2018 from 11:00 to 16:00 in room APB, TBD (PC-Pool of the faculty of Computer Science). Please, come at least 30 minutes before the round starts. Contestants have to register their teams in advance. The registration procedure is yet to be announced.

You may contact Maksym Planeta for any additional information related to participation in the contest and organisation of local contest site.

Practice Sessions

There will be a practice session before the GCPC. During this practice session you can solve some problems on the same judge system as you will during the contest. You can try all features of the judge system during this event with a small set of problems. Note that these problems will differ from the ones during the contest. We highly recommend attending the practice session for all participants.

The date and time for the practice session is TBD.


For the full set of rules of the regional contest refer to In contrast to NWERC, GCPC does not apply the age restrictions of the regional contests. Students of all ages are welcome to participate at GCPC.

Please make sure that you're eligible to take part in the contest in advance. In case of any questions you may ask local contest site organizers.


Besides organizing the local contest site, the organizers provide series of preparation exercises for the contest. The exercises take place on Saturdays in PC-Pool of APB starting from the first week of Summer Semester and until the last week before the contest.


The exercises will take place starting from Friday, 13th April, 2018 in APB, TBD at 5. and 6. DS (from 14:50 to 18:10).

You may ask Maksym Planeta any question related to preparation session.


The preparation course deemed to help student to learn basics of contest programming. Big part of the course will be devoted to excersing problem solving in near contest environment. Additionally course will cover types of the problems expected to appear at GCPC 2018.

Participants of the course should have some experience with programming and are expected to prepare the solutions in one of the following languages: C, C++, Java, Python. The problems will be be built around combination of topics in mathematics and computer science.


For the preparation it is helpful to have a textbook on algorithms and data structures. A recommended one is Introduction to Algorithms. If needed other books will be recommended by specific topics.

  • April, 13th Introduction, Enterence test

Following is the list of expected topics. It may be subject to change.

  • Computational complexity and linear data structures
  • Dynamic programming
  • Computational geometry
  • Long arithmetic
  • Algorithms on strings
  • Combinatorial problems
  • Sorting and Searching
  • Shortest path/Network flow




  • Introduction to Algorithms: T. H. Cormen, C. E. Leiserson, R. L. Rivest, C. Stein. Any edition.

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