Two weeks to go until 103 teams from around the world head to Harbin, China to compete in the IBM-sponsored “Battle of the Brains.” As last-minute preparations take place, Dr. Michael Karasick, Vice President of Technical and Business Strategy at IBM offers some final words of advice. Speaking with ICPC podcast host Mark Guan, Dr. Karasick provides useful ways to tackle the grueling five-hour competition, difficult problems sets and even discusses IBM’s own challenges in creating quick, real-time solutions for service products. Having lived and worked in China for three years, Dr. Karasick also adds tips for first-time visitors to Harbin. Number one tip? Pack warm clothes! See you at the Finals!