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Polish teams on the podium in the Central Europe collegiate programming contest

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Programming teams from the University of Warsaw and the University of Wrocław took 2nd and 3rd place in the Central Europe Regional Contest (CERC) in collegiate programming. They advanced to the world finals that will be held in Morocco in 2015.

Participants in the ACM-ICPC Central Europe Regional Contest (CERC) were teams of programmers from seven countries: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary. More than 40 regional contest held the world, the best teams are selected to compete in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. This time, the world finals will take place in May 2015 in Morocco.

Nearly 80 teams from Central Europe competed in the event at the Jagiellonian University. Participants had five hours to solve 12 problems. The winners were those who managed to correctly solve the greatest number of problems in the shortest possible time. If a team offered an incorrect solution, they could get a chance to improve, but with penalty minutes added.

First place went to the team from the University of Zagreb, with 10 problems solved.

The team from the University of Warsaw (Kamil Dębowski, Błażej Magnowski and Marek Sommer) took second place with 8 problems solved, and the team from the University of Wroclaw (Bartłomiej Dudek, Maciej Dulęba and Mateusz Gołębiewski) solved 7 problems.

The best teams from the top five universities (one team from one university) advanced to the world finals. In addition to the steam from Zagreb, Warsaw and Wrocław, the finalists in Morocco will include the teams from the Jagiellonian University (7th place) and from the Charles University in Prague (8th place). At the championship in 2015 we will not see the second team from Zagreb (4th place), nor two teams from the University of Warsaw (5th and 6th place).

The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is organized by the Association for Computing Machinery, whose members are IT practitioners and theorists. It is the oldest, most prestigious and largest in terms of number of participants competition of its kind. Competing university teams consist of three students.

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