Student Success

Programming team excels in Russia

The University of Lethbridge's Inter-Collegiate Programming Contest team will return from the prestigious Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Finals in St. Petersburg, Russia with several notable achievements after their first-ever international competition.

The team, made up of Hugh Ramp (fourth-year physics); Chris Martin (third-year computer science); Darcy Best (second-year MSc mathematics); and coaches Dr. Howard Cheng (mathematics and computer science) and Dr. Kevin Grant (mathematics and computer science) took fourth place in an open challenge competition where they had to code their way out of a video game problem – and avoid being eaten by digital zombies in the process.

Their win was chronicled on the ITBusiness News website and the ITWorld Canada website:

In a similar online challenge at the end of June, first-time contestant Camara Lerner claimed a second place finish among 14 teams, while teammate Kai Fender made it through three rounds of problem-solving challenges.

As well, the team placed third among the Canadian competitors, 12th out of 23 North American teams and 80th of all 120 teams entered in the contest, which was hosted by St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO).

Complete results are available here:

The team will return to Lethbridge July 6.