April 29th, 2016
April 15th, 2016
With just 33 days to go until students arrive on-site in Phuket, Thailand for World Finals, we are all gearing up for the world's oldest, largest and most prestigious programming contest.
May 26th, 2015
What an amazing ACM-ICPC World Finals in Marrakech! Congrats to ITMO, the World Champions and first team ever to solve all 13 problems. We'll be back next spring, but until then, here are some of our favorite photos from the event.
May 4th, 2015
Next stop: Marrakech, Morocco! Get excited for the World Finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, sponsored by IBM. Each year, the ACM-ICPC invites over one hundred teams and coaches from all over the globe to compete for the World’s Smartest Trophy. This year, the 39th annual Battle of the Brains will be held in the beautiful Marrakech, Morocco – a city filled with rich culture and gorgeous sites. Is there anything better than computing with a view?
With nearly one million citizens, Marrakech is the fourth largest city in Morocco. The red walls of the city, built in 1122-1123 AD, have given the city the nickname of the "Red City" or "Ochre City." Marrakesh grew rapidly and was soon established as a cultural, religious, and trading center. Like many Moroccan cities, Marrakech comprises an old fortified city packed with vendors and markets. In addition to Marrakech being one of the busiest cities in Africa that serves as a major economic center and tourist destination, visitors can look forward to gorgeous weather, as the average high temperature in May is 85˚F (29˚C). Be prepared, though, as daily highs can surge past 100 ˚F (37 ˚C)!
When planning your stay in Marrakech, hopefully you can take a day or two before or after the contest to explore! Be sure to consider the many attractions that make this destination such an exceptionally diverse landmark. First, get ready to tour Jemaa el-Fnaa Square! This place is known worldwide for being the core of the city’s activity. Next on the list is the Marrakesh Souk, the largest open-air market in Morocco. There is so much more to check out like renowned gardens, stunning city walls and gates, palaces, mosques and more.
Whether you are interested in Marrakech’s delicious food, incredible architecture, famous markets, or really just exploring the land, we promise there is something for everyone to love. Check out a list of optional World Finals excursions here! We hope you’re as excited for the World Finals as we are! See you in Marrakech in less than two weeks!
April 28th, 2015
It's hard to believe, but the ACM-ICPC World Finals in Marrakech, Morocco, are just three weeks away! To help set the stage for the event, "Battle of the Brains" host Chas Kurtz sat down with Jeff Donahoo, ICPC Deputy Executive Director. Their conversation covers everything from event activities to helpful advice for competitors as they make their final preparations for the contest.
April 22nd, 2015
Are you a programmer interested in Watson? Or an ICPC 2015 contestant intrigued by all of the possibilities offered by cloud computing? Or even just a tech enthusiast looking to broaden your knowledge?
If you’re reading this, odds are good that you’ve answered yes to at least one of those questions, so the videos below will certainly be right up your alley.
In February, IBM hosted its signature cloud and mobile conference, InterConnect 2015. The following thirteen keynote presentations were among the event highlights. If you couldn’t make it to Vegas for the conference, sit back and enjoy:
- A New Way to Innovate
- The Future of Cloud
- Security for a New Era of Computing
- Unlock the Transformational Value of Your Mobile Apps
- Digital Journey of a Startup
- Reinventing Value with the Internet of Things
- The New z13 Redefining Digital Business
- An Unexpected Evening with Big Data Analytics
- Reinventing How IBM Systems Can Revolutionize Your Cloud Environment
- Digital Transformation in the Era of Hybrid Cloud
- Building the Next Generation of Apps with IBM Watson
- Accelerating Hybrid with Cloud Infrastructure and IT Optimization
- Smarter Process Reinventing Business Operations
June 10th, 2014
Why was Ekaterinburg selected as this year’s World Finals host city? How can ICPC fans who can’t make it to Ekaterinburg follow the contest? What exciting activities are on tap for the World Finalists? Jeff Donahoo, ICPC Deputy Executive Director, shares answers to these questions and more in this pre-World Finals podcast with "Battle of the Brains" host Chas Kurtz.
May 22nd, 2014
May 7th, 2014
Guest Post by ULC-Russia.com
We are thrilled to have our friends at ULC-Russia.com share some background information about Ekaterinburg, the vibrant host city of ICPC 2014.
Yekaterinburg, alternatively romanized as Ekaterinburg, was named after Tsar Peter the Great’s wife Catherine I. Between 1924 and 1991, the city was named Sverdlovsk after Yakov Sverdlov, the Communist party leader. The region is still officially known as Sverdlovsk Oblast.
The city was founded in 1723 by Vasily Tatishchev, a Russian statesman and historian, and Georg Villim de Gennin (originally, Wilhelm de Hennin), a military officer and engineer, who was, according to different sources, either a German or Dutch.
Officially, it is the fourth-largest city in Russia after Moscow, St.Petersburg, and Novosibirsk.
Yekat is the first city in Asia and the last city in Europe, which makes it equally attractive to international companies and tourists. Since its foundation, the city has seen lots of historic events on its way to the 21st century.
In Yekaterinburg, history and modern life blend. The Romanov places, the Russian Constructivist styles of architecture, parks, churches and monasteries – every day may be different, just plan your trip carefully.
If you travel alone or with
your family, Yekaterinburg has a lot of amusements to choose from. The city is
famous for its theatres and music halls, museums and art galleries. Enjoy
a wide range of amusements: bars and pubs, jazz and techno clubs.
Because of long-standing contacts with Asian people and nations from the Caucasus mountains, the Ural region may offer food to please anyone’s taste buds. You will find quite a few German, Indian, Italian, Mexican, Serbian, Syrian, Georgian cafés and restaurants. Would you like to boast to your friends how you ate borsch and drank vodka in Russia? Visit Russian and Ukrainian restaurants. We guarantee that you will find dishes to your taste.
Yekaterinburg is a fast growing megapolis, where history and modern life blend seamlessly.
Journey through Regionals: Interview with Dr. Legand Burge, Howard University ACM-ICPC Site Director
December 13th, 2013
IBM offers colleges and universities access to the latest advances in analytics technology and business industry expertise. IBM’s goal through programs like the ACM-ICPC, is to inspire the next generation of business leaders to think differently about how technology can be used to transform business and redefine industries.
ACM-ICPC Regional qualifying contests are already underway in the United States and will continue through the rest of the month. Following the regional rounds, only 18 to 20 United States universities will be a part of the 120 elite three-person teams from around the world to advance to the World Finals. The final contest will take place June 22-26, 2014, and will be hosted by Ural Federal University in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Through all of the hustle and bustle, Dr. Legand Burge, Howard University ACM-ICPC Site Director, took a break to share his insights on the ACM-ICPC and what it takes to run a successful Regionals contest.
Legand Burge, ACM-ICPC Site Director and Howard University Chair of the Systems and Computer Science Department
Adedeji: How long have you been involved with the ACM-ICPC and what are your major roles and responsibilities?
Burge: I’ve been involved in the ACM-ICPC since the late ‘80’s when I was an undergraduate student at Howard University. We have been hosting the competition here at Howard for over 40 years. As site director, I coordinate everything from making sure all teams are registered to ensuring all of the machines have the appropriate compilers or editors for the tools that the students use to write programs.
Adedeji: Could you tell us a little bit about some of the biggest surprises and challenges that you face with coordinating a competition of this caliber?
Burge: The main problems that every site director has is just making sure that the system stays up and running. You’re talking about several computers and the network connection and everybody must be tuned to the same clock. We all have to stay on time. When one site goes down, it causes the ripple effect within the entire region. One of our major challenges is making sure that all the systems stay up. Here at Howard, we do thorough testing, so we feel comfortable the day of.
Adedeji: How can students here in the region get involved in the competition?
Burge: Most universities hold local programming competitions through their local chapters of the ACM. From there, students are ranked and put together a top team. They open these local competitions not just for computer science students, but for any student in any major. You can even have a graduate student on your team. I think the main thing is if you’re interested, you should go to the chair of the computer science department and inquire about an upcoming programming competition.
Adedeji: Thank you so much for your time! I will let you get back to running the show here today.