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BC Universities take part in International ACM Programming Contest

CIPS BC this year supported Computer Science students at the University of Victoria, to attend the ACM Pacific NW Programming contest on November 2nd at UBC.  Travel costs for four teams of students, twelve in total, were paid.  'Scholarship' prizes will be presented to the participating students at a CIPS Victoria section dinner meeting at the university on November 20th.

Funds for the initiative, a pilot project, came from a conference-generated fund, set aside for IT post-secondary education focused on security issues.

Fourteen BC teams took part in the event, from four universities: UBC, Simon Fraser, University of Northern BC and UVic. In total, an amazing 112 teams participated in this very competitive event!  Teams from Berkeley and Stanford were top-ranked, placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  Congratulations to the UBC and SFU teams who took 4th, 5th and 6th places!! UVic's top team placed 16th. Good company indeed!

Whatever the results, the contest meant a great deal of hard work, lots of late nights ... not to mention lots of pizza for the practice sessions!  Thanks to Professor Frank Ruskey for his work with the UVic teams as their faculty advisor.

Competitive events such as this are extremely valuable in students' campus experiences. And doing well impresses potential employers for sure!

CIPS BC is looking to expand our support to students at our other participating universities next year. 
 

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