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Entries from January 2010

Facing the World Finals Challenge - A conversation with Dr. Michael Karasick

January 21st, 2010 · Comments

MichaelKarasickHeadshot.jpgTwo 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!

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World Finals, Down to the wire – A quick chat with Doug Heintzman

January 13th, 2010 · Comments

With just over two weeks remaining until the 2009-2010 World Finals of the IBM-sponsored ACM/ICPC, podcast host Amanda Carl sat down with Doug Heintzman, Director of Strategy for IBM Software Group and Sponsorship Executive of the ICPC to discuss what to expect from this year’s World Finals competition in Harbin, China, hosted by Harbin Engineering University. What teams qualified this year? What events will take place? How cold will it be? All your questions are answered in this exciting pre-World Finals podcast. Good luck to all participants, we’ll see you soon!

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