Student Competitions

St Petersburg State U Wins IBM Programming Contest

A team of three students from Saint Petersburg State University in Russia won first place in the 40th annual Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC). Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China and Harvard University took second and third place, respectively.

The ACM-ICPC is a global information technology competition for university students. The competition headquarters is located at Baylor University in Texas, and this year's World Finals were held at Prince of Songkla University in Phuket, Thailand. IBM sponsored the competition.

A total of 128 teams, comprising three students each, competed in the world finals. Teams were required to solve as many complex real-world problems as possible within the five-hour time limit. The winning team solved 11 problems to clinch the world championship.

The ACM-ICPC kicked off with more than 300,000 students worldwide competing in local competitions last year. Of those, 40,266 students from 2,736 universities in 102 countries advanced to the regional competitions in Africa and the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and the South Pacific this past fall.

Participants in the world finals had the opportunity to learn about the latest technologies from IBM. The company held presentations and interactive, on-site demonstrations of its cloud platform, Bluemix and IBM Watson technology.

Medalists in the ACM-ICPC World Finals include:

Further information about the ACM-ICPC can be found on Baylor University's site.

About the Author

Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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