The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) sponsors an international programming contest for college students, known as the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). Teams of three students write computer programs to solve a set of problems in five hours. Programming teams from the states of MS, AL, GA, SC, and FL compete at the Southeast Region (SER) Contest; the best team represents the region at the world finals.

The 2004 ACM Southeast USA regional programming contest will be held Saturday, the 23rd of October on the campus of Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida. The university is located at Babcock Street and University Avenue in Melbourne, Florida. Directions to the university can be found using MapQuest.

Hotel accommodations can be found at numerous hotels and motels in the area including some on the beaches.

Each team must bring a computer (Intel-compatible CPU i486 or later) with a network card, CD drive, and floppy drive. Also bring a 6 foot (or longer) power strip and a 14 (or longer) foot cat-5 network cable. Please label all equipment with the name of the school.

The contest languages are C, C++, Java, and Pascal. In a break with the past the contest will be conducted in a GNU/Linux environment. It is easy to familiarize yourself with the environment by downloading the contest system CD image, burning it on a CD, and booting from it. You must test your hardware with the contest environment before bringing it to the contest.

Schools send $45 per person to Florida Tech by 1 October 2004 and register their teams on-line at the ICPC WWW site.

Check-in Friday evening 4 to 9pm at the Clemente Center, meeting 9am in Gleason Auditorium, contest Saturday afternoon.

A live scoreboard during the contest, the final standings, the officially posted results and all the results from all the regionals are available at the appropriate times.