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December 2, 2007
The Georgia Tech Student Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (gtACM) has advanced to the 2008 ACM-International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals to be held on April 6-10, 2008, at Banff Springs, Alberta, Canada. The programming team has earned a 'wildcard' slot and is one of the top 94 teams out of over 7,000 teams worldwide that have been invited to the world finals.
Informing the Yellow Jacket programming team coach, David Van Brackle about their decision, ACM-ICPC manager Marsha Poucher commented “this is a huge honor for you, your team, and your school.” Counting this year, Georgia Tech has been sending teams to the World finals competition four out of the last five years. gtACM had earlier won 2nd place at the 2007 Southeastern Regional ACM Programming Contest held at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, in October this year.
Founded in 1947, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) promotes and increases knowledge of science, design, development, construction, languages and applications of modern computing. The ACM is the society for computing professionals. The Georgia Tech Student Chapter (GTACM) is the primary student organization for computer science majors. Activities include organized corporate and faculty presentations and other events, which benefit both undergraduate and graduate students. GTACM also provides an avenue for students to develop corporate leadership skills. This year’s International Collegiate Programming Contest is sponsored by IBM and is being hosted by the University of Alberta, celebrating its 100th anniversary.