Competition To Reveal Greatest Student Programmers In The Northeast

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Fast fingers and quick minds will aid computer programming students from the northeast U.S. and parts of Canada in a regional battle of the brains at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Teams of students will compete in the northeast regional finals of the Association for Computing International Collegiate Programming Contest—sponsored by IBM—at RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5. Top teams from 15 schools including RIT, Harvard University, MIT, and University of New Brunswick will represent their colleges and universities in an attempt to advance to the world finals.

The contest requires teams of three students to gather around a computer and solve a list of complex, real-world problems. Using creativity, logic, and programming skills, teams demonstrate mental endurance by finding solutions within a set time frame.

The international competition has grown over the past year, with tens of thousands of participants from 1,582 universities on six continents. Eighty teams from around the world will advance to the 2006 World Finals in San Antonio this April.

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NOTE: The media is welcome any time during the competition. Go to room 70-3000 and contact Paul Tymann, ( at 585-746-5690) to be directed to a classroom where teams are competing. Awards will be presented in the Golisano College auditorium from 3:45-4:15.