Elite Students Come to University of Central Florida for North America Collegiate Programming Contest
ORLANDO, Florida., May 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The continent’s top 150 computer programming students will descend on the UCF campus beginning in May 26-31 to compete in the North American Championship Round of the 2022 International College Programming Competition (ICPC).
UCF will host another 49 elite teams of student programmers from institutions across the United States and Canada in the North American Championship. Teams including MIT, Harvard, Georgia Technology and others will compete until the winners come out.
UCF will also host the CIPC North American Programming Camp in conjunction with the championship. The camp will provide student competitors with the opportunity to solve simulated competitions at the World Finals level, access expert trainers and experience networking opportunities.
More than 20,000 teams from more than 100 countries compete each year in regional competitions. In March, the UCF team was among the winners of the Southeastern United States Regional Programming Contest, earning a spot in the upcoming North American Championship.. Only the top 16 teams will advance from the North American Championship to the World Finals.
Participating universities assemble teams of three-member students who train rigorously to compete in solving real-world computer programming problems. In this intense battle of the brains, students race against time in a competition of logic, strategy and mental endurance.
The contest has attracted big-name sponsors including the US Department of Defense, National Security Agency (NSA), National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), and Tech Grove.
Tech company recruiters offer many programming students high salaries before they even graduate, much the same way professional sports teams seek out elite athletes. Competing students often get jobs with big companies like Google, Microsoft, Amazon, or Facebook.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in IT and computer occupations is expected to increase 13% from 2020 to 2030, adding approximately 667,600 new jobs due to strong demand for workers in these fields. The median annual salary for these occupations was $97,430 in May 2021 – significantly higher than the median of all occupations in $45,760.
In addition to hosting the event, UCF is also a longtime competitor. For more than 40 years UCF has been among the best in the country in ICPC competitionsand in 2018 ranked No. 1 in North America and No. 10 in the world. A UCF team has qualified for the World Finals every year for the past decade.
Heather LovettUCF Communications
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