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Battle of the Brains Competition Encourages Smarter Software

Tue, 10/13/2009 - 12:50pm

Battle of the Brains Competition Encourages Smarter Software 

Battle of the Brains
Student computer programmers from universities around the world will soon battle for a spot to attend the World Finals of the 34th annual Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Contest (ICPC). Referred to as the Battle of the Brains, this competition challenges students to solve real-world problems using open technology and advanced computing methods under a grueling five-hour deadline.

The Battle of the Brains is the largest and most prestigious computing competition in the world, with more than tens of thousands of students from universities in approximately 90 countries on six continents participating. Since 1997, participation has grown from 1,100 to more than 7,100 teams.

Sponsored by IBM and aligned with the theme of IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative, which is aimed at infusing intelligence into the fabric of society and technology, the contest encourages students to create smarter software to make the planet more efficient and intelligent.

Regional bouts begin in the United States on October 18, 2009, and continue through December, sweeping from continent to continent. Only 100 three-person teams will advance to the World Finals on February 5, 2010, hosted by Harbin Engineering University in Harbin, China.

"The ACM-ICPC affords students the opportunity to showcase their talents and gain exposure among top recruiters," said Bill Poucher, ICPC Executive Director and Baylor University Professor. "The contest is also a forum for advancing technology in an effort to better accommodate the growing needs of the future, as expressed in IBM's Smarter Planet initiative. At the same time, the competition is a chance for students of similar interests to exchange ideas and peer educate."

"The world faces many daunting problems such as pandemic diseases, climate change, water pollution, food safety, finite energy resources, as well as issues with urban management and mass transportation," said Doug Heintzman, director of strategy for IBM Software Group and sponsorship executive of the ICPC. "At IBM we believe we have a responsibility to help develop the next generation of technology leaders, help them to understand and tackle these complex business issues."

Previously, the 2009 ACM-ICPC World Finals took place in Stockholm, Sweden, where a team from St. Petersburg University of Information Technology, Mechanics and Optics in Russia emerged as the world champion for the second year in a row.

For more information: www.ibm.com/university/acmcontest 

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