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Shanghai JiaoTong University, MIT and University Of Waterloo Win Honors In World's Largest Collegiate Programming Contest

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HONOLULU, HI - 26 Mar 2002: Students from Shanghai JiaoTong University took top honors in the Association for Computing (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) -- the world's largest and most prestigious computer programming competition sponsored by IBM.

During the five-hour battle of logic, programming and mental endurance, students write, test and interact with software. The World Finals winners walk away with IBM ThinkPads* and software, scholarships, and bragging rights to the "world's smartest trophy."

Three U.S. teams finished within the top 10 of the elite 64 teams that qualified to advance to the final round. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) finished second, Stanford University finished fifth, and Duke University finished eighth. Teams were awarded medals based on the number of problems they solved during the five-hour competition.

"The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest reaches out to the junior development community and exposes them to software that is essential for building today's e-businesses. As a leader in e-infrastructure technologies, IBM recognizes the need to advance student 'coders' and support educators with the same goal," said John Swainson, general manager, Application and Integration Middleware, IBM Software. "This contest provides us with a great opportunity to build relationships with the next generation of IT talent."

This year's ACM-ICPC World Finals competition, held in Honolulu, Hawaii, brought students together from 27 countries. Teams competed in a race against the clock to solve a semester's worth of programming in one afternoon. Participation in the contest has tripled since IBM began sponsoring the contest five years ago.

This year's top 10 teams in descending order are:

1. Shanghai JiaoTong University (China)
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
3. University of Waterloo (Canada)
4. Tsingua University (China)
5. Stanford University (United States)
6. Saratov State University (Russia)
7. Fudan University (China)
8. Duke University (United States)
9. Moscow State University (Russia)
10. Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)

To earn a coveted spot at the 2002 ACM-ICPC World Finals, more than 17,000 of the world's top computer science/engineering students and faculty, representing more than 1,000 universities from 67 countries, competed in regional contests this past fall. The ACM Contest is one innovative way that IBM is reaching out to the next generation of IT talent to expose them to the software necessary to make e-businesses work as they embark on careers. The contest also provides students with an opportunity to distinguish themselves within the IT community, particularly important this year as college graduates face the worst job market since the early nineties.

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