Students Compete in IBM Programming Contest

Students Compete in IBM Programming Contest

by Public Relations

January 5, 2010

In the fall of 2009, two teams of Cedarville students competed in the East Central Regional Competition of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. Cedarville’s top team placed eighth in the regional contest, which involved 115 teams from 60 colleges and universities throughout Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, western Pennsylvania and portions of Canada. Cedarville finished ahead of notable schools such as Penn State University, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh.

Sponsored by IBM, this computer programming competition fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs. Each tier of the competition is demanding; therefore, only the best and brightest in the world compete. Though the competition is difficult, Cedarville has consistently performed well. For three years running, Cedarville’s top team has placed as the number one team from Ohio, ahead of teams from schools such as the Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, Ohio University and Miami University. Since 2003, Cedarville has been the number one CCCU school in the east central region.

“Participating in the contest was very worthwhile,” says David Riggleman, a sophomore computer science major. “It provided me with an opportunity to put my problem-solving skills to the test to solve challenging problems that often require thinking outside the box. Although I had participated in several smaller programming contests before, this one was unlike any other.”

To solve eight complex problems, each team of three is given five hours and only one computer. “Since the three of us had to share the computer,” says Ethan Peterson, a sophomore computer engineering major, “we did most of the work on scrap paper beforehand. By the end of the five hours, my brain felt numb, but the experience was definitely worthwhile.”

View the results of the competition and the problems the students were asked to solve