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Students Across the Globe Vie for Share of $100,000 in Java and C++ Programming Tournament Sponsored by Sun and TopCoder
Students Across the Globe Vie for Share of $100,000 in Java and C++ Programming Tournament Sponsored by Sun and TopCoder

(March 31, 2003) -The semialfinal and championship rounds of the 2003 Collegiate Challenge Programming Tournament take place April 4 and 5 in Cambridge, MA. Sponsored by Sun Microsystems, Inc. and TopCoder, Inc., the Collegiate Challenge brings together the world's highest-rated college-level Java and C++ computer programmers and members of the TopCoder community. The programmers are ranked based upon their performance during weekly online competitions and the top ranked members are then invited to participate in four online elimination rounds of regional competition. The tournament will award a total prize purse of $100,000, including a prize of $50,000 for the champion.

This is the second consecutive year that Sun and TopCoder have hosted this programming tournament and the fifth major tournament hosted by TopCoder. The fifty programmers that participated in the Regional Championships represent thirty-four schools from eight countries around the world. CalTech had the strongest representation with six programmers, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University, Stanford University and Georgia Tech, each with three programmers. For more information on the matches, competitors, and rules, see www.topcoder.com.

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