Shippensburg University to host programming contest Nov. 10

Shippensburg University will host a regional round of the IBM-Sponsored Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest Nov. 10. The event is part of the qualifying competitions for the world finals of the 37th annual contest.

In addition to teams from Shippensburg, teams will also compete from Dickinson College, Elizabethtown College, Gettysburg College, Lebanon Valley College, Messiah College, Millersville University and Penn State Harrisburg.

According to material from the event’s organizers, the “Battle of the Brains” contest challenges teams of three students to pull their collective brain power to quickly and creatively apply their programming skills and maintain mental focus as they solve complex, real world problem sets with the finite resources of only one computer. This year’s regional competitions are expected to attract tens of thousands of students from universities in approximately 90 countries on six continents, according to the organizers.

The team that solves the most problems correctly, in the least amount of time, during the five-hour event will be one of 115 teams that will compete in the world finals in St. Petersburg, Russia, in Summer 2013.