Three balloons hung up from our team’s table, signifying the three problems we were able to solve out of the 12 so far. Restless, I glanced at the neighboring teams and their balloons. Five, six, seven, I count. Pressured, I returned to wracking my mind. I tried revisiting the countless training sessions we had and the programming problems I’ve solved before for an inkling of a hint to solve what was now in my hands. The clock ticks, the final minute passes, and the contest hall chants a countdown from 10.

Did my team win ICPC Asia-Singapore Regionals 2018? No…

Blaise Cruz

Low-resource Natural Language Processing Researcher

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