Why was Ekaterinburg selected as this year’s World Finals host
city? How can ICPC fans who can’t make it to Ekaterinburg follow the contest?
What exciting activities are on tap for the World Finalists? Jeff Donahoo, ICPC
Deputy Executive Director, shares answers to these questions and
more in this pre-World Finals podcast with "Battle of the Brains" host Chas Kurtz.
"Battle of the Brains" host Chas Kurtz sits down with Alain Azagury, IBM's new ACM-ICPC Sponsorship Executive. Azagury, who also serves as Director of IBM Software Group Technical Strategy and is a member of IBM Academy, discusses his career, Watson and this year's contest.
Guest Post by ULC-Russia.com
We are thrilled to have our friends at ULC-Russia.com share some background information about Ekaterinburg, the vibrant host city of ICPC 2014.
alternatively romanized as Ekaterinburg, was named after Tsar Peter the Great’s
wife Catherine I. Between 1924 and 1991, the city was named Sverdlovsk after
Yakov Sverdlov, the Communist party leader. The region is still officially
known as Sverdlovsk Oblast.
The city was founded in
1723 by Vasily Tatishchev, a Russian statesman and historian, and Georg Villim
de Gennin (originally, Wilhelm de Hennin), a military officer and engineer, who
was, according to different sources, either a German or Dutch.
Officially, it is the
fourth-largest city in Russia after Moscow, St.Petersburg, and Novosibirsk.
Yekat is the first city in
Asia and the last city in Europe, which makes it equally attractive to
international companies and tourists. Since its foundation, the city has seen
lots of historic events on its way to the 21st century.
In Yekaterinburg, history
and modern life blend. The Romanov places, the Russian Constructivist styles of
architecture, parks, churches and monasteries – every day may be different,
just plan your trip carefully.
If you travel alone or with
your family, Yekaterinburg has a lot of amusements to choose from. The city is
famous for its theatres and music halls, museums and art galleries. Enjoy
a wide range of amusements: bars and pubs, jazz and techno clubs.
Because of long-standing
contacts with Asian people and nations from the Caucasus mountains, the Ural
region may offer food to please anyone’s taste buds. You will find quite a few
German, Indian, Italian, Mexican, Serbian, Syrian, Georgian cafés and
restaurants. Would you like to boast to your friends how you ate borsch and
drank vodka in Russia? Visit Russian and Ukrainian restaurants. We guarantee
that you will find dishes to your taste.
Yekaterinburg is a fast
growing megapolis, where history and modern life blend seamlessly.