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Collegiate computer programming students from the northeastern U.S. and parts of Canada will have their game faces on as they square off in a marathon programming battle at Rochester Institute of Technology.

The IBM-sponsored Association for Computing (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13. on the third floor of RIT's B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. RIT is once again hosting the northeast finals.

Student teams from RIT and 12 other colleges and universities-including Harvard University, MIT, Brown University, SUNY Fredonia, University of New Brunswick will take part in the event.

Teams made up of three students, huddle around a computer and must solve a host of complex real-world problems in a set amount of time. The competition tests programming skills, creativity and teamwork. Successful teams will advance to the World Finals.

The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest is a worldwide competition established 30 years ago. Seventy-five teams will be selected to compete at the 2004 World Finals to be held April 3-7 in Shanghai.

For more information, please log on to http://www.acm.org/contest.

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NOTE: The awards ceremony will take place from 3-4 p.m. in the Golisano College auditorium. The media is also welcome anytime to cover the competition. Go to room 70-3000 on the third floor and someone will direct you to a classroom where teams are competing.