November 27, 2012

U of C programming team wins regionals

Editor’s Note: Kevin Wang is a Maroon staffer.

U of C’s computer programming team, Whiteboard Erasers, won the Mid-Central USA competition for the first time on November 3 in the Association of Computing Machinery/International Collegiate Programming Contest, qualifying them for the competition’s world championship in Russia.

Previously, Whiteboard Erasers has gotten to the international stage as a wild card team by coming in second or third in the regional competition, according to a University news release announcing the team’s victory. This year, another U of C team, Conjurers of Cheap Tricks, came in second.

Both U of C teams completed all eight problems in the competition, which took place in Ryerson Physical Laboratory, but Whiteboard Erasers finished them more quickly. The current Whiteboard Erasers team is made up of third-year Naren Hazareesingh, fourth-year Bill Waldrep, and third-year Kevin Wang.