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Entries from April 2011

Dr. Bill Poucher predicts fierce competition and a little magic for World Finals in Orlando

April 26th, 2011 · Comments

As executive director of the IBM-sponsored ACM-ICPC and a former co-coach and contest judge, Dr. Bill Poucher knows the World Finals inside and out.  Since 1977, he has watched teams from around the world – Prague to Canada, Russia to the US – take home the coveted World’s Smartest Trophy.  What predictions does he have for the 2011 competition? Podcast host Christine Guerrini catches Bill during a rare free moment to talk last-minute tips, World Finals contenders, and even a few inside details on this year’s IBM Tech Trek.

Use your last few weeks of preparation to the fullest by checking out practice problems on our website.  And whether you’re a first-time competitor, returning champion, or simply interested in the contest, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!

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Around the World with Jim Spohrer - A Look at IBM’s Global University Programs

April 8th, 2011 · Comments

With the World Finals quickly approaching, 105 international teams are preparing for a once in a JimSpohrercloseup.jpglifetime experience in Orlando.  But the ACM ICPC contest is just one of the many ways that IBM reaches out to the global academic community each year.  Jim Spohrer, Director of IBM’s Global University Programs, talks with podcast guest host Tim Willeford about IBM’s commitment to fostering the next generation of programming superstars in partnership with more than six thousand universities across the world.  Jim shares a few predictions on what our finalists can anticipate on the contest floor.

Check out the ACM-ICPC website for the latest updates on World Finals in Orlando.  Have suggestions for our next podcast?  Leave us a comment or give us a shout out on Twitter.

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