ACM ICPC World Finals 2016 officially opens in Phuket

The 40th Annual World Finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) opens today in Phuket. After regional competitions, the final 128 teams from countries all the the world will battle it all out this Thursday, 19th May 2016.

ACM ICPC is the world's most prestigious programming competition. At the world finals, the contestants from various universities will solve a series of real-world problems posted by the organizers within a grueling five-hour deadline. Their problem solving, programming skills and teamwork will be put to the test. Competing between the best of the best in the world, we are sure to see some heated battle on Thursday.

IBM is the sole sponsor for ACM ICPC since 1997. With the continuous support from IBM, ICPC has grown throughout the years and participation has increased more than 1600%. Other than competing in the World Finals, the students will get first hand knowledge of technologies from IBM. Through various speaker sessions and interactive and on-site demos, the students will also learn about the tools available from IBM in their development work. These technology include IBM's Bluemix cloud platform and IBM Watson cognitive business platform. The participants will also have the opportunity to interact with professionals from IBM to learn about the profession.

"IBM's goal as lead sponsor is to celebrate the world's best computing students, expose them to key technology trends such as cloud and cognitive intelligence, and get them excited about pursuing a career in programming," said Gerald Lane, ACM-ICPC sponsorship executive and director, IBM Open Technologies & IP.

The World Finals will begin at 9.30am on this Thursday in Phuket. Live broadcast of the competition is also available at Contest standing of the competition will be available on

The Tech Revolutionist will be at the Finals to give the latest coverage on the event. Which team will emerge victorious? We will find out this Thursday.

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