The International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is a yearly computer programming competition for undergraduates and first-year graduate students from all over the world. It is organized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and consists of two tiers: a regional contest and the world finals. In each contest, three-person teams get five hours to solve as many problems as they can from a given problem set on one computer. Each problem set has historically had 8 to 10 problems, which tend to be applicable to real-world situations with solutions that are intended to use a wide variety of algorithms. The top finishing teams receive some form of scholarships.
The UW-Madison teams meet during the school sessions at least weekly. We usually take three to five teams to the regional contest. Since we started participating in 2001, we have always been able to advance to the world finals. This makes us the only school in North America that has made it to the world finals in all of the past 13 years.