SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Student computer programmers from universities around the world are preparing to battle for a spot to attend the World Finals of the 36th annual Association for Computer Machinery ( ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest ( ICPC), sponsored by IBM (NYSE: IBM).
Regional contests in the United States begin on October 21, 2011 and will continue through December. Following the regional rounds, only 100 elite three-person teams will advance to the World Finals. The final contest will take place May 14 through May 18, 2012, hosted by the University of Warsaw located in Warsaw, Poland.
The contest, also known as the Battle of the Brains, challenges university students to solve complex and rigorous real-world problems using open technology and advanced computing methods under a grueling five-hour deadline. In one day, these students will complete an entire semester's worth of computer programming.
Through the contest, the ACM-ICPC and IBM encourage students to embrace and contribute to smarter software ideas. The goal of the contest is to encourage students to develop more intelligent and efficient solutions for some of the world's most daunting challenges."We recognize the urgency in nurturing the next generation of technology leaders," said Doug Heintzman, director of strategy for IBM Software Group and sponsorship executive of the ICPC. "The purpose of this contest is to celebrate exceptional computer science expertise, expose students to real world business issues and help prepare them for the competitive and global workforce they'll encounter upon graduation. It is our hope to get to know these students, promote the pursuit of excellence and to hopefully recruit some of them to pursue prosperous careers with IBM." Considered the largest and most prestigious computer programming competition in the world, the Battle of the Brains reaches tens of thousands of students from more than 2,000 universities, 88 countries, and six continents. Since IBM began sponsoring the contest in 1997, participation has grown more than one thousand percent. During the 2010-2011 contest, more than 24,000 students participated in the regionals portion alone. "The ACM-ICPC is more than just a battle of whit, but instead a unique opportunity for students from around the world to engage and interact with peers while enjoying the challenge of competitive problem solving," said Dr. Bill Poucher, ICPC Executive Director and Baylor University Professor of Computer Science. "While the competition is about building keen solutions in software, for the students, it's about raising aspirations and magnifying their career opportunities. These talented and engaged problem solvers are essential to top industry recruiters like IBM." IBM's sponsorship of the Battle of the Brains is one of IBM's many university programs which blend both technology and business leadership skills. IBM works with universities throughout the world that teach courses in Service Science, Management and Engineering (SSME), an academic discipline in an effort to enrich both business and engineering curriculum. The 2011 World Finals were held in Orlando, Florida at the Peabody Hotel. Zhejiang University took first place, with the University of Michigan and Tsinghua University placing second and third, respectively. For more information about the contest and to listen to the ACM ICPC podcast, visit www.ibm.com/university/acmcontest/ or follow along on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BrainBattleICPC . For more information about IBM, visit http://www.ibm.com/software and http://www.ibm.com/university About ACMACM, the Association for Computing Machinery www.acm.org , is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking. 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