Rapid City prepares to host international computer programming contest

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A press conference was held May 2 to outline the specifics of the 41st Annual ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals (ICPC).

The contest will be held in Rapid City and consist of 133 teams from 70 different countries. The city has been planning the event since 2011. It was last held in the United States 11 years ago in Orlando, Fla. and is expected to bring in $2.5 million to the area. The competition will be held at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Ice Arena on May 20.

A South Dakota School of Mines & Technology team will also be in attendance after recently placing second among 231 teams regionally. This marks the seventh time the university has been invited to compete internationally. The SD Mines team consists of Alex Iverson, Matthew Dyke and Matthew Schallenkamp (pictured left to right).

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“We've been practicing a lot, so we're going to do anything we can do - short of cheating - to try to do as well as we possibly can in this competition,” Iverson said.

For teams to qualify for the competition, they must first participate in local contests, followed by the regional contest, leading to the World Finals. Teams of three students represent their universities in multiple levels of regional competition.

The ACM ICPC is a multi-tier, team-based, programming competition operating under the auspices of ACM and headquartered at Baylor University. Participation has grown to several tens of thousands of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines at almost 2,534 universities from over 101 countries on six continents.

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