International Collegiate Programming Contest Spotlights Big Data Analytics

  International Collegiate Programming Contest Spotlights Big Data Analytics

U.S. Students Compete Regionally for Spot in World Finals

PR Newswire

SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 16, 2012

SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 16,2012 /PRNewswire/ --Tens of thousands of students from
universities across the globe are vying to earn a coveted spot at the World
Finals of the 37^th annual Association for Computer Machinery (ACM)
International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), sponsored by IBM (NYSE:

Known as the Battle of the Brains, the IBM-Sponsored ACM-ICPC challenges
university students to solve complex real-world problems using advanced
computing methods under a grueling five-hour deadline. In five hours, these
students will complete an entire semester's worth of computer programming.
This year, the contest also exposes students to key emerging industry trends
and capabilities, such as applying analytics technology to big data, a major
economic growth engine and development opportunity for students.

Every day around the world, 2.5 quintillion bytes of big data are created from
a variety of sources ranging social media posts and cell phone signals to
digital photos and videos. New opportunities and predictive insights can be
established by applying trusted analytics technology, impacting many
industries in a plethora of ways. For example, with analytics technology for
big data, doctors can diagnose a patient based on unique relative backgrounds;
manufacturers can optimize their assembly lines; retailers can ensure the
right products are available at the right time and location; and food services
will know the freshness of the food they deliver.

"At IBM we recognize the importance and 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, promote
the pursuit of science and technology education, expose students to real world
business issues and leading edge research, and help prepare them for the
competitive and global workforce. Every year we aggressively recruit top
talent from this group of students and it is our fervent hope that some of
these extraordinary young people will decide to pursue prosperous and
productive careers with IBM."

Regional qualifying contests are already underway in the United States and
will continue through December. Following the regional rounds, only 18 to 20
United States universities will be a part of the 115 elite three-person teams
from around the world to advance to the World Finals. The final contest will
take place June 30 through July 4, 2013, and will be hosted by the St.
Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics
and Optics in St. Petersburg, Russia.

"While the Finals of the ACM-ICPC may only last a few hours, its impact on
these students will last a lifetime," said Dr. Bill Poucher, ICPC Executive
Director and Baylor University Professor of Computer Science. "These students
are dauntless problem solvers. We aim to inspire them to raise the bar for
global technological innovation as they move into their careers with top
industry recruiters like 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 in 88 countries on six continents. Since IBM
began sponsoring the contest in 1997, participation has grown more than 1,000
percent. During the 2011-2012 contest, more than 25,000 students participated
in the regionals portion alone.

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 offer degrees in Service Science,
Management and Engineering (SSME), an emerging academic discipline that
strives to enrich both business and engineering curriculum.

The 2012 World Finals were held in Warsaw, Poland. Students from St.
Petersburg National Research University ITMO captured the championship.

More than 400 schools from the United States are participating in regional
qualifying contests. A complete list of schools can be found at

For more information about the contest, visit and, or
follow along on Twitter at, #ICPC2013.

For more information about IBM, visit and

About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, 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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