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Dordt teams compete in computer programming contest

November 14, 2007

A pair of student teams from Dordt College participated in the 32nd annual Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) North Central Region Collegiate Programming Contest held at Northwestern College Saturday, Nov. 3.

Dordt’s “black team” consisted of Tony Engeltjes, Orange City; Josh Kraayenbrink, Sheldon; and Derek Raebel, Emerald, WI. The members of the freshman “white team” were Daniel Mahaffy, Sioux Center; and Jon Korthuis, Willmar, MN.

The black team was among 26 teams that solved two problems, while the freshman team was among 64 teams that were unable to solve any of the problems.

The “Battle of the Brains” competition challenges students to solve real-world computer programming problems under a grueling five-hour deadline, and is the largest and most prestigious computer competition of its kind. Regional bouts run from September through December, with only 90 teams advancing to the world finals.

Using logic, strategy and mental endurance, teammates collaborate to rank the difficulty of the problems, deduce the requirements, design test beds, and build software systems that solve the problems under the intense scrutiny of expert judges. The team that solves the most problems in the fewest attempts in the least cumulative time is declared the winner.

Taking first place in the North Central Region was the only team to solve eight problems, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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