REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 24, 1997 — “One of the greatest moments in my life”
is how Mark Dettinger, a student at the Universitat Ulm, Germany, described the instant he learned his team qualified for the 1997 finals in the 21 st Intercollegiate Programming Contest, March 2 in San Jose, Calif. Dettinger’s team will join 49 others from around the world in a test of computing programming talent and a race against time to solve real-life programming challenges in the competition, sponsored by Microsoft Corporation in collaboration with the Association for Computing (ACM). The competition will be held from 10 am-3 pm in Hall One of the San Jose Convention Center.
The ACM Intercollegiate Programming Contest, the oldest and largest programming competition for the world’s universities and colleges, showcases top collegiate programming talent. Students from universities in Brazil and Indonesia will be competing in the finals for the first time this year, along with three teams from Russia.
As part of its continuing commitment to supporting higher education, Microsoft will award educational scholarships totaling $31,500 to the top six teams. In addition to the scholarships, Microsoft will donate $60,000 in software and $12 million in software licenses to participating schools.
“Providing university students and faculty with access to the latest tools and technology and the chance to use it to create solutions to real-life challenges is an important role for Microsoft,”
said Susanne Peterson, academic program manager at Microsoft.
“By supporting this competition, we are making an investment in the next generation of the software development and computing industry.”
Considered among the top collegiate computer science competitions in the world, the annual contest encompasses two levels of competition. To qualify for the finals, teams competed in regional contests from late October through early December. In San Jose, the top teams from each region will compete in a five-hour battle to solve as many real-life-programming problems as possible. The contest is an intense intellectual exercise with the teams all working in one large room, keeping an eye on each another as they work fast and furiously to work out the problems, check their work and submit their solutions to the judges. Teams that solve the most problems in the fewest attempts at the finals will earn the titles of overall champion, and North American, European and Asia/Pacific champions.
“Microsoft technology sets the stage, the world’s universities provide the talent and the ACM creates the challenge,”
said Bill Poucher, ACM contest director and professor of computer science, Baylor University, Waco, Texas.
“You see the thrill of victory and the agony of the defeat right there at the finals,”
said Jo Perry, chief judge for the computer competition and a lecturer in computer science at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.
“It is just done in their heads, not on their feet.”
Kristine Rudin has been a contest competitor, a coach and is now the regional director for the Pacific Northwest.
“It has been a big help to the regions to have Microsoft sponsoring the contest,”
said Rudin, an associate faculty member in computer science at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash.
“Consistency of software is critical to a level playing field. Microsoft’s donations have helped us to standardize the software that the students use to compete.”
software donation of $60,000 and an estimated $12 million in software licenses will be divided among the more than 1,000 schools that competed in the regional contests. The top six teams in the final competition will share the $31,500 in educational scholarships.
“The contest gives students a chance to test themselves against their peers in the whole computing field. They say, ‘Gee whiz, I know I am pretty good in my school, but how do I rate against the people that I am going to be competing against for jobs?'”
For more information about the ACM Programming Contest and Microsoft’s sponsorship of this event, visit the Web site at (http://www.acm.org/contest) . For more information on Microsoft’s other programs and products for colleges and universities, check out Microsoft’s Academic Cooperative Web site at (http://msdeved.isu.edu/ms/)
The ACM is a major force in advancing the skills of information technology professionals and students. ACM serves its global membership by delivering cutting-edge technical information and transferring ideas from theory to practice. With its world-class journals, magazines and books; dynamic special interest groups; numerous conferences; workshops and electronic forums, the ACM is a primary source to the information technology field. The contest is behind held during the ACM ’97 Conference and Exposition,
“The Next Fifty Years of Computing,”
showcasing the possible uses of information technologies in the future.
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Teams from the following colleges and universities are scheduled to compete in the finals of the 1997
ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, sponsored by Microsoft:
California Institute of Technology
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Czech Technical University Prague
Florida State University
Gustavus Adolphus College
Harvey Mudd College
Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Moscow State University
National Sun Yat-Sen University
National Taiwan University
New Mexico State University
Northwest Missouri State University
University of Bucharest
Sam Houston State University
Shanghai Jiao Ton University
St. Petersburg Institute for Fine Mechanics and Optics
St. Petersburg State University
Texas Tech University
Universidad Juarez Autonoma de Tabasco
University of Bina Nusantara
University of Calgary
University of Central Florida
University of Louisville
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Missouri-Rolla
University of Queensland
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Twente
University of Ulm
University of Washington
University of Waterloo
Warsaw University, Poland