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Coding as Sport

Coding as Sport, illustrative photo

The team from the St. Petersburg National Research University of IT, Mechanics, and Optics came in first in the 39th Annual ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Finals last year in Marrakech, Morocco.

Credit: Bob Smith / ACM ICPS 2015

At most colleges, you are likely to find sporting events taking place each weekend throughout the year. In the fall, you have football and lacrosse; in the winter, basketball games and wrestling matches are commonplace, and in the spring, tennis, softball, and track and field events rule the season.

For colleges and universities with computer science programs, however the sporting season runs year-round, and brain matter, rather than muscle matter, is being tested and strained against the competition.


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