A veteran and the newcomers - Harbour.Space’s new ACM-ICPC team
The leaves are finally turning and the sun seeking tourists head back to the real world. Autumn is finally here and bringing with it our 2nd Hello Barcelona ACM-ICPC boot camp, so we sat down with our home team to discuss their various backgrounds in competitive programming.
This year Harbour.Space University has a brand-new team to send to the ACM ICPC Boot Camp.
The previous team, consisting of Vladimir Mazin and Artur Mindiyarov are joined by Data Scientist student Norge Vizcay. Although it is the first time they will be competing together, they believe they have all the ingredients to win Division B at this year’s boot camp.
“Norge is our secret weapon,” says returning team member, Vladimir. Norge has previously competed with his team from University of Havana, where they made it through to the final round in Thailand in 2016. Programming meets problem-solving
All three of the Harbour.Space competitors are Data Science students, where math and coding are merged in daily life. This gives them an edge above competitors, as the boot camp tasks involve both problem solving and coding. “When you are presented with a task you have first to understand the problem. Then you have to translate this real problem into something you can work with. Then you need to start breaking it into small parts as it may be a complex problem. You solve each piece separately and then you pull everything together and you have a solution. Then you have to code it. And after you code it, it needs to work. And it needs to answer correctly every case,” Norge explains. When you are presented with a task you have first to understand the problem. Then you have to translate this real problem into something you can work with. Then you need to start breaking it into small parts as it may be a complex problem. Vladimir comes from a background of mathematics. He graduated from ITMO University in Moscow, whose team has won the last seven World Championships. Artur solves problems connected with Math and has a Bachelor’s in Physics and Maths from Moscow Institute of Physics and Science. Norge studied Computer Science at the University of Havana, and after working as a lecturer for 6 months, decided to come to Harbour.Space. What is the most exciting thing about the boot camp this year?
There are many things to look forward to at the boot camp. It is a chance to heighten skills, work as a team and learn from the best and most storied coaches in the programming world. When it comes down to it, this, along with the international mixture of teams, really makes it a training event for the ages. It’s this that excites Artur the most. “I would like to hear from Mike Mirzayanov (from Codeforces). His lectures last year were really good. I think he will also teach at Harbour.Space this year.” Norge agrees. “I enjoy the competition mostly. I think it’s going to be exciting to meet all the smart people coming, and all the very good lecturers that will be here, like Andrey Stankevitch. He is the trainer of ITMO University.” “I think they do it for the rush,” says Norge. “When you get the idea of what you have to do and get the whole enigma, you know. You get this rush. When you’re thinking of a problem and you click and you know you have a solution – that moment is like the coolest thing. That’s why all these people do it. And the community is cool." In any sporting event, we get that rush. When the home teams score a goal, a basket, a point. For us at Harbour.Space, we’re excited to cheer on our home team and watch as they make a name for themselves, not only as competitors, but ambassadors to the world of ACM ICPC.