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News Release

Mar 30, 2010

Russian students star at 2010 ACM-ICPC World Finals

Industry analysts consistently rank Russia as a premiere destination to outsource high-end, complex R&D tasks, and the major reason for this is Russia’s excellent resource pool. Russian students regularly demonstrate strong performance at events designed to foster creativity, teamwork, and innovation. This year’s Finals of ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) was no exception, bringing five medals to the Russian teams – one gold, three silver and one bronze.

This international competition, now in its 34th year, organized by Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), is one of the most prominent programming contests. Over 100 teams from all over the world took part in the 2010 ACM ICPC Finals on the 5th of February 2010 in Harbin, China, after having won regional trial contests that included 22,000 contestants representing 1,931 universities from 82 countries.

Out of 11 Russian teams that took part in the competition this year, five teams returned home with medals. Notably, the top 10 places were dominated by Chinese and Russian teams. The team of Moscow State University (MSU) came second, solving the same number of problems as the winners (Shanghai Jiaotong University), but having spent more time. The MSU team received a gold medal, and became the champion of Europe. The other two gold medals were received by the teams of National Taiwan University (3rd place), and Taras Shevchenko Kiev National University from Ukraine. Silver medals fell to Petrozavodsk State University (5th place), Saratov State University (7th place) and St. Petersburg State University (9th place), and, finally, the bronze medal was received by the Ural State University team (13 place). For more information on the world finals results 2010, please follow the link.

Traditionally Russia has been successful in this contest since 1990 - the very first year when ACM became an international event. Starting 2000 World Finals, Russian teams gained top positions in ACM 6 times, and have earned a total of 40 medals (19 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 12 bronze medals).

"Russia continues to strengthen its position as the country with the most talented engineers, able to crack the toughest software tasks. Complex software development is the area where Russian engineers have been traditionally strong, and that remains one of the main differentiators of Russia as outsourcing destination. I’m glad to witness the Moscow State University among leaders – since our company has been started at MSU, keeps good ties with it by now, and employs lots of its graduates. It’s good to know that the talent of MSU students doesn’t fade and manifests itself during programming contests such as ACM-ICPC.”

Andrei Pronin, Auriga General Manager

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