RAPID CITY, S.D. — The world’s best and brightest collegiate computer programmers gathered in Rapid City for the International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals.
The May 20 to 25 event brought 133 teams from all over the world to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center to compete for prizes and bragging rights. South Dakota School of Mines & Technology was the host university.This event is a truly international competition:
- Antarctica is the only continent that will not be represented in the World Finals.
- Last year, the World Finals were held in Phuket, Thailand. In 2015, the event was held in Marrakesh, Morocco.
- Teams from St. Petersburg universities in Russia have won the competition for the past five years straight.
- IBM has sponsored the competition since 1997.
- Of the 133 teams advancing to the world finals in Rapid City, only 22 are from the United States.
- However, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, and the University of South Dakota each have teams in the finals.
“The ICPC World Finals will be a great chance to showcase the Rushmore Region before a worldwide audience,” said Benjamin Snow, president of the Rapid City Economic Development Partnership, one of the groups in the Rushmore Region Economic Development Alliance. The Rushmore Region Alliance is a sponsor of the competition.
The World Finals pit teams of three university students against eight or more complex, real-world problems, with a grueling five-hour deadline. Huddled around a single computer, competitors race against the clock in a battle of logic, strategy, and mental endurance.
The Rushmore Region Economic Development Alliance is made up of several Black Hills economic development groups, including the Belle Fourche Economic Development Corp., Spearfish Economic Development Corp., Sturgis Economic Development Corp., Deadwood-Lead Economic Development Corp., Heart of the Hills Economic Development, Rapid City Economic Development Partnership, Ellsworth Economic Development Authority, Southern Hills Economic Development Corp. and Wall Economic Development.