Dordt College News

Dordt team competes in computer programming contest

November 19, 2008

A Dordt College student team participated in the 33rd annual Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) North Central Region Collegiate Programming Contest held at the University of South Dakota on Saturday, Nov. 15.

Dordt’s “black team” consisted of Daniel Mahaffy, Sioux Center; Jon Korthuis, Willmar, Minn.; and Eric Vermeer, Richardson, Texas.

“We had an enjoyable day, programming for five hours and successfully solving five of the nine problems,” said their advisor, Professor Dennis De Jong. Their performance ranked them at 63 among 200 teams in the North Central North America Region.

The “Battle of the Brains” competition challenges students to solve real-world computer programming problems. It 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.

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