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TCNJ students to compete in 35th annual IBM-sponsored international programming contest

TCNJ will take part in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest

EWING, NJ … Students from The College of New Jersey will compete in a regional tournament of the 35th annual IBM-sponsored Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest on Oct. 24, 2010 at Rutgers University, contending for a spot at the “Battle of the Brains” World Finals on March 3, 2011 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

TCNJ will be going head-to-head against schools such as Columbia University, Cornell University and Yale University, to name a few.

One hundred winning teams from the regional contests held in approximately 90 countries on six continents will then go on to compete at the finals in Egypt.

The contest pits teams of three university students against eight or more complex, real-world problems, with a grueling five-hour deadline.  Huddled around a single computer, competitors race against the clock in a battle of logic, strategy and mental endurance.

“The Battle of the Brains is the Olympics of the computer programming world.  These students push their minds to the limit, manipulating technologies such as analytics, system optimization and collaboration to effectively solve a semester’s worth of computer programming in just five hours,” said Dr. Michael Karasick, Vice President of Strategy and Technology at IBM Software Group.  “The amount of talent that we have the opportunity to witness each year is truly impressive and a testament to the value of this competition.”

For more information, visit IBM’s contest page at