2020 NACLO at Stanford University

Thank you for your interest in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad!  The NACLO competition is for high school students (as well as middle school students who are looking for this kind of experience).  It consists of two rounds: the Open Round and Invitational Round. The judges expect that about one hundred contestants will advance from the Open to the Invitational Round. For registration and to find more information please visit http://www.nacloweb.org/

Please keep checking out this webpage regularly for updates!


Open Round (January 23, 2020)

The Open Round is open to all interested middle school and high school students; its purpose is to identify strong contestants who will advance to the Invitational Round. 

IMPORTANT: 

  • TIME: You should plan to be present at the contest room at 8:45. You should be seated by 8:55 when the announcements are read. The contest will start at 9:00 AM sharp, and will end 3 hours later at 12:00 PM.
  • PLACE:  
    • Tresidder Oak East, Tresidder Memorial Union (459 Lagunita Drive, Stanford, CA 94305)
    • Tresidder Oak East is on the second floor at the North end of the Tresidder Memorial Union building. See map below for approximate location of the Oak East room.
    • There are several cafés (including a Starbucks), restrooms, and a small store selling to-go snacks and drinks on the first floor of Tresidder.
    • Additional information (including accessibility information) can be found here. Oak East - Tresidder Memorial Union

  • PARKING
    • There is a public parking lot a few (~5) minutes walk from the competition venue, located across from Tresidder on Lagunita Drive (on Google Maps this shows up as Tresidder Parking Lot). 
    • See map below, and a find a larger parking map of the whole campus here. Find information about visitor parking rates here.
  • Stanford campus is big and confusing so make sure you allow time for finding a parking spot and making your way to the contest room. 
    • A searchable map of the Stanford campus can be found here.
NOTES:
  • Plan to be at the contest room at least 15 mins before the start of the contest (8:45). 
  • Please bring your own black pen -- all solutions must be written in pen. Scratch paper will be provided.
  • You are allowed a basic wristwatch (without built-in calculator) for time keeping. However, no electronic device is allowed.
  • Bring water and snacks to keep yourself fresh and energized during the contest. Place them on the desk before the contest begins.
  • When you arrive, place your bags under your seats. You cannot use your bags during the contest.

Invitational Round (March 5 2020)  CANCELLED

Due to the ongoing situation concerning COVID-19, we are following Stanford University guidelines in doing all we can to prevent and inhibit the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, this means Stanford will not be holding the invitational round. 

The problems in this round are harder than the Open Round problems. The purpose is to select national winners, who will be eligible to participate in the international competition, the International Linguistics Olympiad (ILO).

Please direct questions for the Stanford Site to stanford.naclo [at] gmail [dot] com

IMPORTANT: 

  • TIME: You should plan to be present at the contest room at 8:45. You should be seated by 8:55 when the announcements are read. The contest will start at 9:00 AM sharp, and will end 4 hours later at 1:00 PM. Note that the Invitational Round lasts an hour longer than the Open Round competition.
  • PLACERm 110, Bldg 240 (Main Quad, 450 Jane Stanford Way).  See the map below for where Bldg 240 is located (identified with the Stanford Pin).
  • There are cafés within 5 minutes walking distance -- Coupa Café can be found just outside the East Wing of the Green Library, and Olives @ Building 160 is located in the basement of Bldg 160 (Wallenberg)
  • PARKING: The closest public parking is either the Tressider Parking Lot (see map above for details on location), which is about a 10 minute walk from the competition site, or one of the public lots near Roth Way (about a 10-15 minute walk); see map below. Again, you can find a larger parking map of the whole campus here and find information about visitor parking rates here.
  • Make sure you leave plenty of time to find parking and find the room!

NOTES:
  • Plan to be at the contest room at least 15 mins before the start of the contest (8:45). 
  • Please bring your own black pen -- all solutions must be written in pen. Scratch paper will be provided.
  • You are allowed a basic wristwatch (without built-in calculator) for time keeping. However, no electronic device is allowed.
  • Bring water and snacks to keep yourself fresh and energized during the contest. Place them on the desk before the contest begins.
  • When you arrive, place your bags under your seats. You cannot use your bags during the contest.