On November 13, students Yana Byrne, Daniel Simaan, and Aaron Smith represented SDSU at the IBM-sponsored Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest regionals. In the ICPC competition, teams of three students apply their programming skills and maintain their mental endurance to solve complex, real world problems. Tackling these problems is equivalent to completing a semester’s worth of computer programming in one afternoon. This year’s regional competitions attracted tens of thousands of students from universities in approximately 90 countries on six continents.

The competition is a grueling, 5-hour event, but the entire day, including a practice session, lasts from 9am to 9pm. SDSU’s team solved 2 out of 8 problems this year, a great performance. A Harvey Mudd College team was the top scoring team with 7 out of 8 problems. In comparison, one of Harvey Mudd College’s top-three teams solved 3 out of 8 problems this year, which is close to our team’s score. To see results and the problem sets visit ACM ICP Contest . We would like to congratulate Yana, Daniel, and Aaron for their hard work and Ivan Bajic for his mentoring! If you are interested in competing on a team next year contact our ACM group or Ivan Bajic.

Three students from programming competition