NACLO Madison 2017

NACLO 2017 — North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad

Madison, WI site

Hosted by Google and UW Madison Dept. of Computer Science

(1) What is NACLO?

NACLO, the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad, is a contest in which middle-school and high-school students solve linguistic puzzles. In solving the problems, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills. No prior knowledge of linguistics or second languages is necessary. Professionals in linguistics, computational linguistics and language technologies use dozens of languages to create engaging problems that represent cutting edge issues in their fields. The competition has attracted top students to study and work in those same fields. It is an opportunity for young people to experience a taste of natural-language processing in the 21st century.

(2) How Can You Participate?

Google's Madison office and the UW Madison Department of Computer Science are pleased to co-host NACLO 2017. The first round of the contest, open to any middle-school or high-school student (including home-schooled students), will take place on January 26, 2017. Well-performing students will be invited to a second round to be held on March 9, 2017.

If you would like to participate in the NACLO Open Round, simply register at the main NACLO site. For "Select a site" on the registration page, please select: "University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI)". Once you have registered, your contact info is added to an email list and you will be contacted by one of the coordinators for the Google-UW NACLO site with further information and updates.

(3) Local Site Coordinators and Contact Info:

If you have questions, you are welcome to contact the Google-UW NACLO site coordinator:

Steve Lacy, Hardware Engineer at Madison Google Office
mobile: 608-217-3208

(4) Important Dates and Times

NACLO Open Round: Thursday,  January 26, 2017, 8:15 am - 12 pm (actual competition is 9 am - 12 pm)
NACLO Invited Round:  March 9, 2017, 9 am - 1 pm

(5) Locations

Location of NACLO Competition Open Round (January 26, 2017):

Madison Google Office, Constellation Building, 10 North Livingston St. (2nd floor), Madison, WI 53703.

Directions to Constellation Building: Heading away from the Capitol on E. Washington, turn left onto N. Livingston. The Constellation Building is on the corner of E. Washington and N. Livingston. Enter the building from the entrance on N. Livingston and follow the signs to the 2nd floor.   Go through the outer office door and ring the doorbell at the inner door.

Parking:  Street parking is available around and near the Constellation Building. 

Location of the Invitational Round (March 9, 2017): To Be Arranged

NOTE: Registering for the competition guarantees you will receive updated information via email as it becomes available. If you are not yet sure you want to register for the competition, you may send an email to Steve Lacy ( to be added to an email list for updates, or simply periodically visit this site.

(6) Important Info for the Day of the Open Round Competition

The competition will start promptly at 9:00 am. Participants may check in starting at 8:15 am. Participants should plan on arriving at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the competition to check in and get settled. While participants are strongly encouraged to register BEFORE the competition day via the NACLO site, walk-in registrations on the competition day will be accepted from 8:15 am through 8:40 am.

- Participants will be admitted starting at 8:15 am
- No participants will be admitted once seating begins at 8:40 am

(7) Walk-In Registration Policy

Walk-ins will be accepted on the day of the competition as long as there are vacancies available. If you are planning to register as a walk-in participant, it is advisable to contact the site coordinator (Steve Lacy) the day before the competition to see if there are vacancies. Upon arrival, walk-in participants must register via the internet to obtain a registration number. An Internet connection will be available for registration of walk-in participants. It is advisable that walk-in participants arrive as early as possible to facilitate a smooth registration process. Participants will be admitted starting at 8:15 am and seating for the competition will begin promptly at 8:40 am. Any walk-in candidate must be properly registered before seating begins at 8:40 am. This implies that 8:30 am is the latest advisable time that walk-in candidates be admitted.

(8) Schedule for the Open Round Competition (January 26, 2017)

Participant Check-In and Registration of Walk-Ins: 8:15 am - 8:40 am
Seating of Candidates: 8:40 am
Reading of Rules by Site Coordinator: 8:45 am - 9:00 am
Contest Begins: 9:00 am
Contest Ends: 12:00 pm