South East Asian Mathematics Competition

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The South East Asian Mathematics Competition (SEAMC) is a 3-day math competition held in a predesignated location in southeast Asia.[1] It is a qualifying competition by Eunoia Ventures for invitation to the World Mathematics Championships.[2] The best ranked students in the competition go on to compete in the World Mathematics Championships.[3] The event is non-profit.[4]

This championships embodies the spirit of communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking (strategy), content knowledge, character, and cultural competence through the diverse range of competitors and schools from various countries.[5]

General information[edit]

Host venue locations of the SEAMC changes annually, although online version is now possible due to Covid.[citation needed]


The Senior Competition is open to all students in Grade 12 (Year 13) or younger.[3] The Junior Competition is open to all students in Grade 9 (Year 10) or younger.[3] The Secondary Competition is open to all students in Grade 7 (Year 8) or younger during the month of the event and Primary level for Grade 5 (Year 6) or younger[6] [7]. Participants should be from a school in South Asia; in the past, teams have came from China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Nepal.[4]

The competition[edit]


SEAMC and NEAMC are mathematics collaboration experience for school students located in South or North East Asia to come together for 2-3 days.[citation needed]

SEAMC was first conceived of by Steve Warry, who taught at Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur, and who believed that mathematics could be a spectator sport.[3] Based on this, he organised the South East Asian Mathematics Competition Plus (SEAMC+) in March 2001. He died the week prior to the competition, but the event occurred anyways.[3] Teams competed for the Warry Cup, which is named in Steve's honour.[4]

From 2014, the NEAMC sister event has been organised for students in North East Asia.[citation needed] The organizers enlisted the Nanjing International School to host it initially in February 2014 with the help of Malcolm Coad.[3][8]

In 2017, the SNEAMC family of events became the World Mathematics Championships.[3]


Each school enters teams of 3 students each.[3] The competition has nine rounds.[3]

All WMC qualifying competitions have:

  • 3 days of engagement
  • 9 equally weighted rounds
  • 6 skills categories for prizes
  • The best sum ranking across all 9 rounds win

School teams engage within the Communication skills rounds.[citation needed]

The Collaboration skills rounds (Open, Lightning and Innovation) are in buddy teams of three.[3] The Challenge are skills rounds undertaken as individuals.

Three skills rounds are (subject specific skills and procedures) knowledge based, three are (plan and execute) strategy focused and three depend upon (new and imaginative ideas) creativity.[citation needed]

So each strategy, creative and knowledge skill category is engaged in alone, in school teams and in buddy teams.[citation needed]

Past questions can be found around the web.[7]

In many SEAMC competitions, there are initial icebreaker events.[6]


There are many prizes to be had, with the most important being the intangibles that one gains from such an experience.[citation needed] On top of that:

  • All participants receive a transcript of relative attainment in each of the 9 rounds.
  • The highest ranked individuals in each category receive medals.
  • The highest ranked individuals across all 9 rounds receive medals.
  • The best ranked school team across all 9 rounds receive a respectively named Cup (for the SEAMC Junior competition, this is the original Warry Cup).[citation needed]

The better ranked teams across all of the competition venues that year are invited to the ultimate World Mathematics Championships showdown, hosted by Trinity College, University of Melbourne in the following July each year.[citation needed]


Past team winners[citation needed][edit]

  • 2020 - UWCSEA East, Singapore
  • 2019 - British School Manila, Philippines (Matteo Sy, Ethan Chan, Sandrene Sy, Kimchi Gatlabayan)
  • 2018 - Saigon South International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • 2017 - Singapore American School, Singapore[9]
  • 2016 - British International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam [6]
  • 2015 - Singapore Chinese School, Singapore
  • 2014 - Hong Kong International School, Hong Kong[8]
  • 2013 - Chinese International School, Hong Kong
  • 2012 - Chinese International School, Hong Kong
  • 2011 - West Island School, Hong Kong
  • 2010 - British International School, Vietnam (Jaeho Han, Chaewon Oh, Jungmin Kang)
  • 2009 - German Swiss International School, Hong Kong
  • 2008 - UWCSEA Dover, Singapore
  • 2007 - KGV, Hong Kong, China
  • 2006 - KGV, Hong Kong, China
  • 2005 - Island School, Hong Kong, China
  • 2004 - Island School, Hong Kong, China
  • 2003 - Garden IS, Kuala Lumpur
  • 2002 - Island School, Hong Kong, China
  • 2001 - South Island School, Hong Kong, China

World Mathematics Championship 2018 Results[citation needed][edit]

  • Winner : Palis Pisuttisarun
  • Runner Up : Ho Wang Tang
  • Runner Up : Byung Hoo Park
  • Runner Up : Rocco Jiang

Past individual winners[citation needed][edit]

  • 2020 - This has not been held yet due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2019 - Starbucks (201) is iconic, Oberoi International School, India
  • 2018 - Juhee (Jessie) Hong, Singapore American School, Singapore
  • 2017 -
  • 2016 - Otto Winata, Sampoerna Academy Medan, Indonesia
  • 2015 - Alex Lee, Taipei European School, Taipei
  • 2014 - Tie between Kyung Chan Lee, Garden International School, KL, and Michael Wu, Hong Kong International School, Hong Kong
  • 2013 - Joanna Cheng, South Island School, Hong Kong
  • 2012 - Charles Meng, Chinese International School, Hong Kong
  • 2011 - Alexander Cooke, South Island School, Hong Kong
  • 2010 - Ki Yun Kim, JIS, Indonesia
  • 2009 - Joon Young Lee, ISB, China
  • 2008 - Dong Wook Chung, UWCSEA, Singapore
  • 2007 - Oliver Huang, KGV, Hong Kong
  • 2006 - En Seng Ng, SAS, Singapore
  • 2005 - Tiffany Lau, Island School, Hong Kong
  • 2004 - Otto Chan, Island School, Hong Kong
  • 2003 - Ernest Chia, Garden IS, Kuala Lumpur
  • 2002 - Ernest Chia, Garden IS, Kuala Lumpur
  • 2001 - John Chan, WIS, Hong Kong


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  7. ^ a b "SEAMC : The S.E. Asia Mathematics Competition: Past SEAMC Questions". Retrieved 2021-04-11.
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