Programming Invitational Provides World Finals Tune-Up

Article ID: 601937

Released: 18-Apr-2013 4:25 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: University of Chicago

  • Credit: Jason Smith

    The Arley D. Cathey Learning Center provided the setting for the 2013 University of Chicago Invitational Programming Contest. Balloons signify correctly solved problems.

  • Credit: Jason Smith

    The University of Chicago's Whiteboard Erasers is one of 23 teams from North America that will compete in the International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals in St. Petersburg, Russia, from June 30 to July 4.

  • Credit: Jason Smith

    Taking the top three places in the 2013 UChicago Programming Invitational were the University of Toronto, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

UChicago Programming Invitational provides tune-up for World Finals

Newswise — For the second consecutive year, the 23 teams from across North America qualifying for the International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals tested their mettle at the University of Chicago Invitational Programming Contest.

The event took place March 29 to 31 in the Cathey Learning Center of Harper Memorial Library. Next stop for the teams will be St. Petersburg, Russia, where they will compete in the Association of Computing Machinery’s ICPC World Finals June 30 to July 4. UChicago will return to the World Finals this year after appearances in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2002 and 2001.

Taking first- and second-place gold medals for solving eight problems were the University of Toronto and Stanford University, respectively (Ranking of teams that solved the same number of problems is determined by the amount of time it took them to solve the problem.).

The third-place silver medal went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which solved eight problems. Carnegie Mellon University took the fourth-place silver medal with seven solved problems.

Earning fifth- and sixth-place bronze medals were the University of Central Florida and the University of British Columbia, respectively. Both teams solved seven problems. UChicago’s team finished twentieth, with two solved problems.

This year’s sponsors were Palantir (gold), Groupon (silver), Classified Ventures and Jane Street (bronze), and GrubHub (supporting). The sponsors covered all travel and lodging expenses for the teams, and provided nearly $10,000 in cash prizes to the top six teams.


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