Welcome to SEAMC

SEAMC is a two-tier mathematics competition for school students located in South East Asia. If you are a school located in NorthEast Asia please check out NEAMC. Both venues are open to middle and high school students and the cut-off date is 1st January. ie the eldest participating student for SEAMC 2017 could have been born on 1st January 2001 and for SEAMC+ on 1st January 1999.

There is a limited capacity to the number of schools and students invovled in each venue.

If your school is interested in attending SEAMC or NEAMC please email us at competitionacademic@gmail.com.


Steve Warry, an enthusiastic teacher of the Alice Smith School, Kuala Lumpur had a belief that Mathematics could be a ‘spectator sport’. In pursuit of this, he organised the South East Asian Mathematics Competition (SEAMC) for March 2001. Tragically, he passed away the week prior to the competition, but the event went ahead and Steve’s dream became a reality.

SEAMC has evolved into an annual 3-day event organised by local volunteer teachers on a rotational basis throughout the region. Hundreds of international school students and their teachers come together for a long weekend (usually at the end of February/start of March) each year to share their enthusiasm for Mathematics and problem solving. Each school enters two teams of three students into SEAMC and one team of three students into SEAMC+. The SEAMC Cup and SEAMC+ Cup are awarded to the respective overall winning team. The Warry Cup is awarded to the top overall ranked school from all SEAMC and NEAMC venues.


Every SEAMC event has five common rounds and then the host country adds more bespoke rounds according to facilities and resources available.  The five common rounds are:

  • An Individual multi-choice paper
  • A Team Question Round
  • A PassBack Round
  • A CodeBreakers Round
  • A Lightning Round!

While there exists a healthy competitive spirit, emphasis is on providing opportunities to build friendships with peers from other schools. This is emphasised through the buddy team rounds.

We have been very fortunate to welcome many high profile mathematicians as the guest speaker each year, including Professor Sandra Kentish, Johnny Ball, Douglas Butler, Marcus du Sautoy, Ron Lancaster, Tony Gardiner, Rob Eastaway, Andrew Jeffery and Craig Barton. If you are a Mathematician interested in becoming a part of the SEAMC family as guest speaker, please contact us via email at competitionacademic@gmail.com