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Moravian Students to Complete in IBM-Sponsored Programming Competition

Bethlehem, Pa., October 31, 2009—Students from Moravian College will compete in the 34th Annual ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), sponsored by IBM On November 7.  This “battle of the brains” gathers the best and brightest computer programmers to participate in the world’s most prestigious programming competition.   The regional round of the competition will be held at Shippensburg University, where Moravian will be competing against teams from Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, Lebanon Valley College, Millersville University, Penn State Harrisburg, Shippensburg University and West Virginia University.

Teams will be challenged to use their programming skills, creativity and business sense to solve complex, real world problems—the equivalent of a semester’s worth of work— under a five-hour deadline. The regional competitions of the ICPC include tens of thousands of students from universities in approximately 90 countries on six continents, all vying for a spot at the Contest’s World Finals in Harbin, China, where one hundred regional champions will compete for scholarships and other prizes from February 1-6, 2010. The teams that solve the most problems correctly in the least amount of time will win coveted spots on the World Finals roster.

IBM’s sponsorship of the ACM-ICPC is just one of the company’s many university programs which blend together technology and business leadership skills. 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. “… It’s essential for ICPC contestants to start thinking in terms of sustainable, global solutions,” said Alan Ganek, chief technology officer and vice president of strategy for business and technology at IBM Software Group. "The challenges they face in this competition align with the urgent needs of a smarter and sustainable planet and we believe these students have the ability to answer such global challenges."

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.