IBM Sponsors Collegiate Programming Contest To Advance The Next Generation Of Software Developers

College Students And Faculty From Every Continent Prepare For Worldwide "Battle Of The Brains"

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SOMERS, NY - 20 Sep 2002: As part of IBM's ongoing efforts to develop and recruit the next generation of technology talent, IBM has extended its sponsorship of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) to 2007. This global contest, the largest of its kind, gathers more than 17, 000 of the world's brightest student programmers and faculty for an all-out "battle of the brains." Now in its 27th year, the ACM ICPC, originated by ACM to help develop top students in the emerging computer field, challenges students to tackle a semester's worth of computer programming in one afternoon.

In 2001, regional contests around the globe drew nearly 3,100 teams from 67 countries during the preliminary rounds, and organizers anticipate even more participants this year. Sixty-four teams will be selected to compete at the 2003 World Finals, to be held March 22-26, in Los Angeles, California. The regional contests begin with competitions in Australia and New Zealand on September 21. North American regional contests will begin in October (view schedule

The contest challenges students, working in three-person teams, to rely on their programming skills and creativity during a five-hour battle of logic, strategy and mental endurance. Students solve complex problems using both traditional and new software development tools. The winning team will walk away with IBM ThinkPads ** and software, scholarships, and bragging rights to the "world's smartest trophy."

Participation in the contest has more than tripled since IBM began sponsoring the contest in 1997. The 2002 ACM ICPC World Finals took place in Honolulu, Hawaii, last March, where the best and brightest computer science/engineering/math students, coaches and faculty from 27 countries enjoyed three days filled with activities, networking and fun in the sun.

"IBM is delighted to be sponsoring this important contest for the sixth year," said John Swainson, general manager, Application and Integration Middleware, IBM Software. "This sponsorship demonstrates IBM's commitment to advance the next generation of software talent and to support universities with the same goal."

"The ACM ICPC is the world's premier university competition in the computing sciences and engineering," said Dr. Bill Poucher, ICPC Executive Director and Baylor University Professor of Computer Science. "Endorsed by ACM, headquartered at Baylor University and fueled by IBM's sponsorship, the ICPC challenge has been extended to tens of thousands of top students and faculty mentors worldwide."

As part of IBM's continuing commitment to education, it will be working more closely with team coaches to provide technology and software to universities, as well as learn more about how professors keep their curriculum current in today's ever-changing environment.

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