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World Final On-Site Interview with Jeff Jonas

July 2nd, 2013 · Comments

jeffjonasibm.jpgJeff Jonas, IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist of the IBM Entity Analytics Group. As one of the world's leading Big Data experts, Jonas was an ideal choice to speak to students at this year's ICPC, as Big Data is the theme of this year's contest.

After giving the keynote speech at the IBM Tech Trek, Jonas sat down with Chas Kurtz to discuss Big Data.


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Inside ICPCNews with Jeff Donahoo

June 24th, 2013 · Comments

"Battle of the Brains" host, Chas Kurtz, sits down with ICPC Deputy Executive Director, Jeff Donahoo, who shares insight on the ICPC and how to follow the contest for those who can't make it to St. Petersburg next week.


Follow #ICPC2013 live at!

Thanks to our listeners for tuning in. As always, you can visit the IBM website for ICPC news and updates at

For those of you headed to St. Petersburg, please visit for more information about World Finals, including the event schedule and practice problems. In the meantime, keep practicing and good luck!


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Why do I go to the ACM-ICPC World Finals?

June 17th, 2013 · Comments

By Ivan Romanov, Guest Writer

We are thrilled to share the ACM-ICPC success story of Ivan Romanov, who has leveraged his experiences at the contest to expand his professional network, portfolio of work, and more. Here's Ivan's take on why he's attended the World Finals five times.

I have been to the ACM-ICPC World Finals five times already, and never in the same role. I'm going to share with you my reasons for visiting this event over and over again and my different roles each time.

My first time at the World Finals was back in 2002. At that time teams at World Finals were allowed to have on-site reserve participants with them, and I was honoured to accompany the first-ever team from Saratov State University that made it to the Finals held in Hawaii, USA. That was a legendary team of Ilya Elterman, Andrew Lazarev and Mike Mirzayanov, named Saratov SU#3. They became European Champions, won silver medals and became the biggest sensation and surprise of that Finals.

More than three years passed before my team qualified for the World Finals. It was our very last chance to show a good performance, since me and my teammates Roman Alekseenkov and Igor Kulkin were reaching the maximum age for ACM-ICPC participants. Luckily, we used that chance fully. Instead of describing the emotions, I'll just show you the picture from the 30th Finals hosted by Baylor University.


After graduating I led the development of Code Game Challenge - a fun competition that we first hosted during Saratov Subregional contest 2006. Mike Mirzayanov and I were cordially invited to the Finals 2008 in Banff, Canada, to present the Code Game Challenge at the Competitive Learning Institute (CLI) led by Bill Booth. I'm happy that many years later, the game strategy for 2013 ICPC Challenge has been developed by the team from my University.

People whom you meet at the World Finals make visiting the event a really great and rewarding experience. Here is Roman Elizarov, World Finals 2013 Director, in Banff in 2008.


Winning the ACM-ICPC World Finals in 2006 gave me a great opportunity to work for IBM. As a part of IBM TechTrek team I was pleased to showcase two technologies developed at IBM Zürich research lab. That was in 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden, and it was again a completely new role for me at Finals.

In 2012 in Warsaw, Poland, I tried a new role of being a spectator at the World Finals. Every role has its pros and cons. Being just a spectator, I slept in the cheapest hostel next to the contestants' luxury hotels, but for that I enjoyed more freedom there. I also enjoyed ACM-ICPC events becoming more and more spectacular.


For me, it's really easy to remember when St. Petersburg NRU ITMO became World Champions over the past six years. ITMO always won during my last three visits (2008, 2009, 2012) and never won when I could not come to the World Finals (2007, 2010, 2011).

This year's World Finals takes place in St. Petersburg, Russia. It's not a question of whether I go or not, but which role should I try this time?

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World Finals Kick-Off: Dr. Bill Poucher Shares Inside Scoop on What to Expect in St. Petersburg

May 21st, 2013 · Comments


The ACM-ICPC didn’t become the world’s largest and most prestigious programming contest overnight. Luckily for us, we had the opportunity to connect with the individual most responsible for the contest’s evolution over the years. Podcast host Yinka Adedeji sat down with ICPC Executive Director Dr. Bill Poucher to give listeners an inside look into what’s in store for this year’s competitors.

Who do you want to take home the Worlds Smartest Trophy? Tell us via Twitter by mentioning @BrainBattleICPC or using the hashtag #ICPC2013!

**Photo credit: Ivan Romanov, Live Journal


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St. Petersburg Express

April 24th, 2013 · Comments


All aboard the IBM-sponsored ACM-ICPC Express! Next stop, St. Petersburg, Russia, for the 37th annual Battle of the Brains World Finals. Each year the ACM-ICPC invites hundreds of students and coaches from around the world to a beautiful city for their chance to vie for the World’s Smartest Trophy. This year we are delighted to present St. Petersburg, Russia, as our contest host.


With nearly five million citizens, St. Petersburg is Russia’s second largest city, trailing only Moscow. Not only is the city a critical port along the Baltic Sea, but it is also a major international hub that is widely regarded as Russia’s most westernized city. In addition to the spoils of modern architecture and a rich history, visitors can look forward to beautiful weather, as the daily average temperature is 73˚F (23˚C) through the duration of their World Finals stay!


When booking your summer travel be sure to consider the many attractions that make this destination such a unique cultural hot spot. Guests will arrive in St. Petersburg during the “White Nights,” a period between late May and early July where the sun does not drop far enough below the horizon to create darkness at night. You can take advantage of the extra light to visit the city’s 2,000 libraries, 221 museums, 80 theaters, 62 cinemas, and 45 galleries and exhibition halls.


Whether you are interested in St. Petersburg’s illustrious music, film, and literature scene or you are just interested in checking out the city’s world famous history, there is something for everyone to enjoy. For a full list of World Finals activities please visit


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