Let the Programming Begin! Computing Students Vie for Spot in World Finals

RIT hosts regional finals of Association for Computing Programming Contest, Nov. 10

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It’s a test of mental endurance and computer programming skills involving the best and brightest computing students from the Northeast and Canada.

With their sights set on earning a spot on the World Finals roster, computing students from Rochester Institute of Technology will attempt to outwit teams from top universities in the Northeast and Canada at the northeast regional finals of the Association for Computing Machinery(ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest on Saturday, Nov. 10. Teams from 12 universities will compete in the northeast regionals including Brown, Harvard, MIT, McGill, University of Rochester and University of New Brunswick. The event is sponsored by IBM.

RIT’s team is comprised of three students from the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. The team won first place in the preliminary round last month at SUNY Oswego.

The contest requires teams to solve a list of complex real world problems within a certain time frame. In addition to their programming skills, students must utilize problem-solving techniques in a team-based environment. The winning team will advance to the world finals in Alberta, Canada, next April. The competition will start at 10:30 a.m. in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. The awards ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. in the Golisano College auditorium.

MEDIA NOTE: To cover the event, go to 70-3000 on the third floor of the Golisano College.

ADDITIONAL CONTACT: Paul Tymann, dept. chair of RIT’s Computer Science Dept., (585) 746-5690.