May 22, 2007
By Courtney Cooper
Ohio University students with a knack for computer programming have an opportunity to show off their skills to a global software company. TopCoder is bringing its Single Round Match College Tour to campus.
The head-to-head, algorithm problem-solving event begins at 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, in Stocker Center 307. All interested coders are invited to complete the online registration process by 11:59 p.m. today.
TopCoder, a company that includes coders, contractors, students and hobbyists, analyzes a client's software needs, runs a series of competitions to build each piece of the solution and then assembles the pieces into a high-quality application.
Earlier this year, senior computer science major Slave Jovanovski was a finalist in the sponsor track of the TopCoder open competition. The sponsor track is for employees of companies that sponsor the competition. Jovanovski, who won $1,500, was working for sponsor company VeriSign. He has since signed on with the company for a full-time job after he graduates in June.
The first-place winner in Ohio University's upcoming competition will receive a 2GB iPod Nano. The second-place prize is a 2GB USB Flash drive, and third place prize is a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate. All competitors will receive a TopCoder t-shirt.
After the competition, students can enjoy pizza and the opportunity to discuss other TopCoder competitions and employment services with TopCoder representative Katie Kittle.
To register, visit www.topcoder.com/ohio. In addition, all participants must register separately in the online competition arena between 6 p.m. and 8:55 p.m. on the day of the event.