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U of M Earns Spot at Russian Programming Competition

January 14, 2013 7:02 AM | News

Computer Chip TechnologyA University of Manitoba computer science programming team has been invited for the first time to compete in Russia.

“Bisons With Byte” will be heading to the international competition in June to compete in the world finals.

“Only the top one per cent of all programming teams is invited each year and many universities never get the opportunity, even after years of competing,” said Dr. Michael Domaratzki, associate head of computer science. “This is only the sixth year that we have been competing in the contest, so to make the finals now is indicative that our computer science program is as exceptional as our students.”

The U of M’s team heading to Russia includes three third-year undergraduate students: Josh Jung, Aman Sachar and Alex Sachs.

Out of 239 teams, Manitoba placed in the top 10 and snagged a wildcard spot for a berth in the world final. Only 115 teams get an invitation to the World Finals, and only six Canadian university teams made the final cut: UBC, Calgary, Lethbridge, Manitoba, Waterloo and Toronto.

— Staff