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Entries from May 2012

A Quick Update on Smarter Commerce from the IBM Technology Showcase in Warsaw, Poland

May 16th, 2012 · Comments

Recently, we welcomed podcast guest Craig Hayman to introduce students to the Smarter Commerce concept and how it will impact the future of the IT industry.  Now, students at the Battle of the Brains in Warsaw, Poland, are seeing it first hand  at the ACM ICPC 2012 technology showcase courtesy of IBM, featuring some of IBM's most innovative projects.

Students also had an opportunity to talk with early career programmers such as Anthony Blatner, senior e-commerce consultant for IBM.  We stole a minute with Anthony to explain his Smarter Commerce demo and fill us in on how he's liking Warsaw so far.

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To learn more about IBM’s Smarter Commerce initiative, check out the IBM Smarter Commerce blog and twitter handle @IBMSmrtCommerce.

Tomorrow is the big day, World Finals 2012!  Keep an eye on our #ICPC2012 hashtag to get live updates, pictures, videos, and more from the contest floor.  Good luck to all of the teams!

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World Finals Memories and Live Updates from This Week’s #ICPC2012

May 16th, 2012 · Comments

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IBM’s Doug Heintzman Talks World Finals Predictions and the Future of Technology

May 12th, 2012 · Comments

Before he boards his flight to Warsaw, Doug Heintzman, Director of Strategy for IBM Software Group and Sponsorship Executive of the ICPC, takes a moment to catch up with podcast host Christine Guerrini.  Doug shares his insights on perennial favorites from past World Finals, as well as some of the amazing career development opportunities for the students this year, such as IBM's Tech Trek and interactions with early-career researchers and business executives throughout the week.

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @BrainBattleICPC.  We'll be tweeting live from the contest all week, using the hashtag #ICPC2012.  You can also check out pictures and posts on the ICPC Digital website.

Safe flight to all the contestants!

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Transforming Businesses: Craig Hayman Shares Insight on IBM’s Smarter Commerce Initiative

May 10th, 2012 · Comments

It's been more than a year since IBM unveiled its Smarter Commerce initiative, offering software and services to help companies transform their buy, market, sell, and service processes and more quickly respond to the demands of today's digitally transformed marketplace.  This new approach empowers companies with business analytics and data, creating a supply chain prepared for the unpredictable.

As computing continues to evolve, the next generation of IT leaders like those competing in the ACM-ICPC will begin to migrate to careers focusing on big data, such as Smarter Commerce.

Podcast host Christine Guerrini welcomes Craig Hayman, General Manager of IBM Industry Solutions, to talk about IBM's innovative strategies and solutions, and ways in which they function in businesses today.  He'll also share how students can learn more about Smarter Commerce at the IBM Technology Showcase at World Finals.

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To learn more about IBM’s Smarter Commerce initiative, check out the IBM Smarter Commerce blog and twitter handle @IBMSmrtCommerce.

World Finals is only days away, so be sure to keep up with the latest updates on the ACM ICPC website. We'll also be tweeting live from the contest via our Twitter handle @BrainBattleICPC and the hashtag #ICPC2012.

To all our World Finalists, have a safe trip!

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A City of Champions: Dr. Bill Poucher Shares What’s In Store At World Finals in Poland

May 2nd, 2012 · Comments

The ACM-ICPC has grown from a small, national contest to a global phenomenon attracting students from every edge of the globe.  ICPC Executive Director Dr. Bill Poucher has witnessed this transformation first hand, helping to shape and guide the contest over his decades of involvement.

Before Bill and the 112 World Finalist teams head to Poland, podcast host Yinka Adedeji sits down with Bill to find out what makes this contest so special and some of the spectacular events in store at the University of Warsaw.

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What are you most excited about for World Finals?  Tell us via Twitter by mentioning @BrainBattleICPC or using the hashtag #ICPC2012!

**Photo credit: David Hill, ICPC Digital

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