Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 6, 2007

Whitworth to Host 32nd Annual Pacific Northwest Programming Contest Nov. 10

Computer programming students from regional universities to sharpen problem-solving skills at regional competition of IBM-sponsored contest

WHAT: Top collegiate programmers from universities throughout the region will compete in an all-out "battle of the brains" during the 32nd annual Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Pacific Northwest Programming Contest.

WHO: More than 70 computer programming teams at five contest sites will compete against each other by submitting problems via the Internet to a central judging location. Whitworth will host 16 teams from Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Washington State University, the University of Idaho and Whitworth. In addition to the Whitworth site, the other contest sites are Simon Fraser University, in Canada, the University of Washington, Brigham Young University-Hawaii, and Stanford University.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 10, from noon to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Lindaman Center at Whitworth University

DETAILS: The ACM Pacific Northwest Programming Contest challenges teams of three university students to use their programming skills and rely on their mental endurance to solve complex, real-world problems within a five-hour deadline. The Whitworth contest is a regional competition of the IBM-sponsored ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, which will gather 6,099 university teams from 82 countries on six continents during its preliminary rounds through December. The top two teams from each regional competition will earn coveted spots at the world finals, to be held April 6-10, 2008, in Banff Springs, Alberta, Canada.

The Pacific Region comprises Alaska, Hawaii, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, northern/central California and western Nevada. Because of the large geographic area of the region, the Pacific Northwest contest is held simultaneously at multiple sites: California, Washington/Oregon, Canada and Hawaii. For more information on previous contests, problem sets and last year’s final standings, please visit www.icpc.baylor.edu/icpc/.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Kent Jones, professor of computer science, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4248 or kjones@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth University (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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