Battle of the Brains

Wednesday November 3 2010


Imagine completing a semester's worth of computer programming in one afternoon. Three computer programming teams from Lynchburg College will do just that in an all-out "Battle of the Brains" on November 6 at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dr. Randy Ribler, associate professor of computer science, and Dr. Conny Roussos, professor of computer science, are coaching the three, three-person teams this year. Members of the teams and an alternate are: Robert "Wynn" Blevins '12, Evan-Michael "Evan" Ellison '12, Brandon Gannicott '13, David Hadwin '12, Timothy "Hunter" Harlow '11, Justin Hoover '11, Brandon Johnson '13, Keith "K.J. Lester '12, Kristin Marstin '13, and Kara Winters '13.

The IBM-sponsored ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, the most prestigious computer programming competition of its kind, will include tens of thousands of university students during its preliminary rounds through December. One hundred teams from approximately 90 countries on six continents will earn coveted spots at the contest's World Finals on March 3, 2011 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

The 35th annual Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate 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 under a grueling five-hour deadline.

Since the IBM sponsorship began in 1997, the number of teams participating has increased from 1,100 to more than 7,100 teams.  For more information visit IBM's contest page