Meredith to Compete in Battle of the Brains

A Meredith College team will be among the student computer programmers from universities around the world to participate in the “Battle of the Brains” on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Duke University.

Meredith’s team members are Amy Ingram, Amber Nisley and Chelsea McGlaughlin. Ingram and Nisely, veterans of the competition, were part of Meredith’s highest scoring team ever.

The 13 teams in the regional competition will battle to attend the World Finals of the 34th annual Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Contest (ICPC), sponsored by IBM. Commonly referred to as the Battle of the Brains, this competition challenges students to solve real-world problems using open technology and advanced computing methods under a grueling five-hour deadline.

Only 100 three-person teams will advance to the World Finals on February 5, 2010 hosted by Harbin Engineering University in Harbin, China.

Aligned with the theme of a Smarter Planet, an IBM initiative aimed at infusing intelligence into the fabric of society and technology, the ICPC encourages students to create smarter software to make the planet more efficient and intelligent.

The Battle of the Brains is the largest and most prestigious computing competition in the world, with more than tens of thousands of students from universities in approximately 90 countries on six continents participating. Since IBM began sponsoring the contest in 1997, participation has grown from 1,100 to more than 7,100 teams.

Date Submitted: 2009-11-03

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