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College Coders Converge On San Antonio For 30th Annual International "Battle Of The Brains"

Open Computing Takes Center Stage at ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition, sponsored by IBM (April 04, 2006)

The most talented students of computing, from all corners of the world, will travel to San Antonio for the 30th annual World Finals of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest, April 9-13, 2006.  The ICPC is the world's most prestigious university competition in computing sciences and engineering, according to ACM.

More than 5,600 teams representing 1,733 universities from 84 countries on 6 continents participated in regional contests held last fall.  The top 83 teams have qualified for positions at the 2006 ACM-ICPC World Finals championship.

The teams will be challenged to solve eight or more highly complex, real-world programming problems a semester's worth of curriculum - under a grueling five-hour deadline.  Programmers must tackle problems such as determining the best travel routes to minimize traffic and ensure cost-effectiveness, or developing a network strategy to determine the optimal placement of cell phone service towers to cover as many customers as possible.  The team solving the most problems correctly in the least amount of time will emerge as ICPC champions, earning scholarships as well as awards from IBM.

IBM's sponsorship of the ACM-ICPC is an important component of the company's many academic initiatives, designed to stimulate open-source programming skills to develop a more competitive IT workforce capable of driving global innovation and economic growth. Contest participation has skyrocketed seven-fold since IBM began its sponsorship of the World Finals in 1997.

"This event offers collegiate programmers the opportunity to become familiar with Java, Linux, Eclipse and other open computing platforms being adopted by industries around the world," said Doug Heintzman, a Director of Strategy at IBM Software Group, and Sponsorship Executive of the ICPC.  "Open source and open standards are driving the next great innovations in the industry, and this Contest challenges students who will be responsible for that innovation for decades to come."

As part of IBM's continuing commitment to IT education, the company provides academic institutions with free technology and software, as well as consulting on how to keep curricula current with the ever-changing industry.

"The ICPC World Finals is a wonderful platform for generating awareness of computing and problem-solving in our high tech world," said Dr. Bill Poucher, ICPC Executive Director and Baylor University Professor. "Through IBM's sponsorship and generous support, students have an opportunity to investigate and experience new technologies in the world of programming, resulting in the emergence of stronger, more gifted superstars.  The World Finals helps us to shine the spotlight on these future IT leaders." The ICPC has been headquartered at Baylor's main campus in Waco, Texas, since 1989.

In 2006, 22 North American teams, including 17 from the U.S., will compete in the World Finals, along with 3 teams from Africa/Middle East, 7 from Latin America, 22 from Europe and Russia, and 29 from the Asia/South Pacific region.

The April 2005 ACM-ICPC World Finals took place in Shanghai, China, where Shanghai Jiao Tong University won the world championship.

The 2006 ACM-ICPC World Finals, sponsored by IBM, will be held at the Hilton Palacio del Rio in San Antonio, Texas.  For more information, visit the contest Web site.

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