On August 23rd 2010, Teerayuth Aiumtrakul, a Vice Governor of Phuket, presided over the opening ceremony of the computer program writing competition called the 2nd ‘ACM-ICPC’ Thailand National Programming Contest 2010 held during August 23rd – 24th 2010. (‘ACM-ICPC’ stands for ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest) The competition was held at Prince of Songkhla University, Phuket Campus or PSU Phuket. The university was chosen to host the event again after it had been the host location for ‘ACM-ICPC’ Thailand Southern Area Programming Contest 2009 and ‘ACM-ICPC’ Asia Programming Contest 2009.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Methee Sanpanich, the Deputy Dean of PSU Phuket said that the first competition in the university in 2009 was managed by the Faculty of Computer Engineer, PSU Phuket under international regulations. The competition was well supported by IBM Thailand and the Software Industry Promotion Agency. It aimed to develop Thai students as a new generation of computer programmers who create quality and efficient software to the world market.
Each year, the four different parts of Thailand including the north, the northeast, the south, and the central regions arranged a regional competition and the regional winners would attend the national competition. There were over 50 teams of programmers joining the competition every year. Apart from PSU, in July there were three other universities hosting the regional competition; Chiang Mai University hosted the northern regional competition. Meanwhile, Mahasarakham hosted the northeastern regional competition and Chulalongkorn University hosted the central regional competition.