Computer Science Superstars Meet for Battle of Brains

IBM Joins ACM to Spotlight Women in Technology, Java and International Talent Pool

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SOMERS, N.Y - 16 Feb 1999: -- Organizers of the 23rd Annual ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, sponsored by IBM, announced today the names of college teams* which will advance to the contest's World Finals in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, April 8-11, 1999.

Approximately 6,000 of the world's brightest students from nearly 2,000 teams representing universities in six continents competed in the regional contests last fall, with 62 three-person teams qualifying for the finals in the world's largest programming contest. This year's competition, held at the Technical University of Eindhoven (TUE), The Netherlands marks the first time ever that the World Finals will be held outside the U.S. Prizes, scholarships, and bragging rights are at stake for some of the finest young programmers worldwide.

"We've seen a 50 percent growth in the competition since our sponsorship began, with nearly 6,000 students participating at the regional level," said John Swainson, general manager, application and integration middleware for IBM. "These are the all-star problem solvers of their generation, and we welcome the opportunity to meet and help these talented young people prepare for challenging futures."

Commented Baylor University professor Bill Poucher, ACM Programming Contest director, "This contest is about problem-solving, team work, and the thrill of measuring up to a stiff challenge. The dramatic growth of the contest adds luster to the world championship."

Women in Computer Science
Female participation is up this year with women advancing to the World Finals from the six continents hosting regional contests. "Through ACM, academia and industry encourage bright minds to pursue careers in information technology. We can reach for the stars only by attracting the best - and that should include a lot more women," continued Dr. Poucher. ACM recently announced a study to investigate programs designed to improve on the number of women currently involved in computer science, as a collegiate degree option and career opportunity.

Java at the Finals
IBM and ACM are offering Java as a programming language at the World Finals for the first time ever, in response to its growing popularity around the world. In an effort to familiarize students with the programming language, IBM distributed VisualAge for Java** to all contest participants. Additionally, contest organizers have scheduled an on-site Java tutorial prior to the competition in Eindhoven, with several IBM Java specialists available to discuss the technology.

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