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A Pictorial History of the 2015 World Finals

May 26th, 2015 · Comments

What an amazing ACM-ICPC World Finals in Marrakech! Congrats to ITMO, the World Champions and first team ever to solve all 13 problems. We'll be back next spring, but until then, here are some of our favorite photos from the event.

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Tags: World Finals · ACM-ICPC · IBM · Marrakech

Beautiful Marrakech, the World Finals Host City

May 4th, 2015 · Comments

Next stop: Marrakech, Morocco! Get excited for the World Finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, sponsored by IBM. Each year, the ACM-ICPC invites over one hundred teams and coaches from all over the globe to compete for the World’s Smartest Trophy. This year, the 39th annual Battle of the Brains will be held in the beautiful Marrakech, Morocco – a city filled with rich culture and gorgeous sites. Is there anything better than computing with a view?

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With nearly one million citizens, Marrakech is the fourth largest city in Morocco. The red walls of the city, built in 1122-1123 AD, have given the city the nickname of the "Red City" or "Ochre City." Marrakesh grew rapidly and was soon established as a cultural, religious, and trading center. Like many Moroccan cities, Marrakech comprises an old fortified city packed with vendors and markets. In addition to Marrakech being one of the busiest cities in Africa that serves as a major economic center and tourist destination, visitors can look forward to gorgeous weather, as the average high temperature in May is 85˚F (29˚C). Be prepared, though, as daily highs can surge past 100 ˚F (37 ˚C)!

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When planning your stay in Marrakech, hopefully you can take a day or two before or after the contest to explore! Be sure to consider the many attractions that make this destination such an exceptionally diverse landmark. First, get ready to tour Jemaa el-Fnaa Square! This place is known worldwide for being the core of the city’s activity. Next on the list is the Marrakesh Souk, the largest open-air market in Morocco. There is so much more to check out like renowned gardens, stunning city walls and gates, palaces, mosques and more. 

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Whether you are interested in Marrakech’s delicious food, incredible architecture, famous markets, or really just exploring the land, we promise there is something for everyone to love. Check out a list of optional World Finals excursions here! We hope you’re as excited for the World Finals as we are! See you in Marrakech in less than two weeks!

Tags: Uncategorized · World Finals · ACM-ICPC · IBM · Marrakech

Get Ready for the World Finals with ICPC Deputy Executive Director Jeff Donahoo

April 28th, 2015 · Comments

It's hard to believe, but the ACM-ICPC World Finals in Marrakech, Morocco, are just three weeks away! To help set the stage for the event, "Battle of the Brains" host Chas Kurtz sat down with Jeff Donahoo, ICPC Deputy Executive Director. Their conversation covers everything from event activities to helpful advice for competitors as they make their final preparations for the contest. 

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Tags: World Finals · ACM-ICPC · IBM · Marrakech

World Finals Preview with Jeff Donahoo

June 10th, 2014 · Comments

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.

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Tags: World Finals · ACM-ICPC · IBM · Ekaterinburg · Russia

A Conversation with Alain Azagury, IBM’s New ACM-ICPC Sponorship Executive

May 22nd, 2014 · Comments

"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. Azagury1.jpg

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Tags: World Finals · ACM-ICPC · IBM · cloud computing · Ekaterinburg · Russia · Watson

Ekaterinburg at a Glance

May 7th, 2014 · Comments

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.


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Yekaterinburg, 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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


Tags: World Finals · ACM-ICPC · IBM · Ekaterinburg · Russia

The Era of Cognitive Computing with Steve Hamm

August 2nd, 2013 · Comments

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IBM Software Group's Amy Angelini is joined by Steve Hamm, strategist, writer and IBM's corporate communications videographer, to discuss cognitive computing. Steve also discusses his new book, Smart Machines: IBM's Watson and the Era of Cognitive Computing, which was co-written with John Kelly, director of IBM research. Steve helps listeners explore the cognitive era, its role in the advancement of healthcare, and Watson's ability to sense, reason, learn and interact in new ways.

Tell Steve what you think about his interview by tweeting to him @SteveHamm31, and be sure to mention @BrainBattleICPC to include us in the conversation!

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Tags: World Finals · ACM-ICPC · Big Data · Cognititve Computing

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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Tags: World Finals · St. Petersburg · ACM-ICPC

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.

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Follow #ICPC2013 live at ICPCNews.com!

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

For those of you headed to St. Petersburg, please visit www.acmicpc.org 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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Tags: World Finals · St. Petersburg · ACM-ICPC · Social Media

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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