The qualifying round of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM/ICPC) began in the central city of Da Nang on November 27.

Nearly 350 Vietnamese students and 15 foreign teams from Japan, China, the Republic of Kore , Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia entered the competition.

The 17 most outstanding contestants will represent Asia to compete at the final round of ACM/ICPC 2014 in Ekaterinburg , Russia.

The same day, the 22nd Vietnam Informatics Olympic Contest for Students ( OLP ’13) also commenced in the city, attracting 337 students from more than 70 universities and colleges nationwide.

The two competitions will wrap up on November 29.

As part of the competition, the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam Huawei Technology Company and Duy Tan University launched a mobile application renovation contest.

Its final round is scheduled for next April.-VNA