ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM/ICPC) is a global-scale programming contest for university/college students. This contest is hosted by ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) which is "a major force in advancing the skills of information technology professionals and students worldwide". ACM today has more than 75,000 members who are active in many fields related to computing leading to authoritative applications and pioneering conferences.
The ACM/ICPC provides college students with an opportunity to interact with students from universities around the world and to sharpen and demonstrate their problem-solving, programming, and teamwork skills.
The first Asian Regional Contest held in Japan was the "1998 Tokyo Contest" held at Waseda University. After 1998, an Asian Regional Contest has been held in Japan every year: Kyoto (in 1999), Tsukuba (in 2000), Hakodate (in 2001), Kanazawa (in 2002), Aizu (in 2003), Ehime (in 2004), Hachioji (in 2005), Yokohama (in 2006), Tokyo (in 2007), Aizu (in 2008), Tokyo (in 2009), Tokyo (in 2010), Fukuoka (in 2011), Tokyo (in 2012).
This year's contest will be held in Aizu, hosted by the University of Aizu.