Orlando, Fla., 24 May 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The continent’s top 150 computer programming students will descend on UCF’s campus May 26-31 To compete in the North America Championship round of the 2022 International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC).
UCF will host 49 other elite teams of student programmers from institutions across the US and Canada in the North America Championship. including teams MIT, Harvard, Georgia Tech And the others will go face to face until the winner is revealed.
In addition to the UCF Championship, ICPC will also host the North America Programming Camp. The camp will provide student contestants the opportunity to solve mock world finals-level competitions, access expert trainers and experience networking opportunities.
More than 20,000 teams from 100+ countries compete annually in regional competitions. In March, the UCF team was one of the winners of the Southeast USA regional programming competition, earning a spot in the upcoming North America Championship. Only the top 16 or so teams will advance from the North America Championship to the World Finals.
Participating universities assemble three-member teams of students who work hard to compete in solving real-world computer programming challenges. In this intense battle of the minds, students race against the clock in a contest of logic, strategy and mental endurance.
The competition has attracted big-name sponsors including the US Department of Defense, the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) and Tech Grove.
Recruiters at tech companies pay many programming students hefty salaries even before they graduate, just as pro sports teams look for elite athletes. Student competitors often find employment with major companies such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon or Facebook.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the computer and IT occupations is projected to grow 13% from 2020 to 2030, adding about 667,600 new jobs based on the high demand for workers in these sectors. The median annual salary for these occupations was $97,430 in May 2021 – is significantly higher than the median for all occupations $45,760,
In addition to hosting the event, UCF has also been a competitor for a long time. For more than 40 years UCF has been one of the best in the country in ICPC competitions, and in 2018 was ranked No. North America and number 10 in the world. One UCF team has qualified for the World Finals every year during the past decade.
heather lovettUCF Communications
Source University of Central Florida