College Coders Ramp Up for Programming Olympiad

The best college programmers in the world are getting ready to compete at the 31st World Finals of International Collegiate Programming Contest, which will take place in Tokyo March 12-16. The meet is sponsored by Association for Computing Machinery and IBM.

Teams will be faced with solving eight complex computer programming problems, modeled on real-world business cases, in only five hours. That is equal to a semester's worth of curriculum, according to the sponsors.  

The sponsors said 6,099 teams representing 1,756 universities from 82 countries participated in regional contests last fall. With 20 universities competing, the U.S. has largest number of teams in the finals, while Asia-Pacific hsd the broadest contingent with 31 teams, led by 12 from China. Japan has three university teams participating. Russia jhsd nine of Europe's 20 teams. Brazil is sending four of Latin America's 10 entries. Together, the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China account for nearly 30 percent of the contest finalists, the sponsors said.

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