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DSU programming contest prepares students for regionals

October 29, 2014

Dakota State University recently held the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Programming Contest with seven teams participating for a chance to move onto the regional competition in Lincoln, Neb. The contest drew twenty one students for a five hour long competition that consisted of a variety of challenging problems to solve.

Each team was given five logically and mathematically challenging problems at the start of the contest. They then write programs to solve these problems in their choice of programming language like C, C++, Python and Java. The team with the most solutions to the problems wins. The each member of winning team from DSU scored an Xbox One and the top three teams are guaranteed advancement to the region competition in at University of Lincoln in November.

For the past 30 years, the ACM has held programming contests regionally, with tops teams of these contest advancing to the World Finals which will be held in Marrakesh, Morocco this spring. The ACM North Central Region includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Western Ontario, Manitoba, Iowa, North Dakota South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.

Winners of the DSU competition were:
Shawn Zwach, senior from Tracy, Minn., BS in Cyber Operations/MS in Applied Computer Science
Tyler Flaagan, senior from West Fargo, N.D., BS in Cyber Operations
Michael Hunhoff, first year graduate student from Yankton, S.D., MS in Applied Computer Science specializing in Cyber Operations