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The Mad Programming Race, throughout Canada, November 20th
Sherbrooke, le 5 octobre 1999 – To celebrate its 5th year of existence, the Mad Programming Race is now expending from Sherbrooke and Quebec to all Canadian universities.
In French or in English, the Mad Programming Race 1999 is open to students in computer science and software engineering but also to students from any field who like to tackle scientific problems on computers. In teams of 2 to 4 and in less than 8 hours, they can test their knowledge, analytic and computer skills by solving 10 programming problems related to the industrial world.
Well organized and truly appreciated by the participants, the Mad Programming Race is so popular that as much as 71 teams participate in 1998. As explained today at a press conference by Professor Ruben Gonzalez-Rubio, founder of the Mad Programming Race, all Canadian universities can participate on November Saturday 20th. "All we ask from each university is a professor in charge and a student that will act as a liaison agent with the other participating universities" said Professor Ruben Gonzalez-Rubio.
To mark the fact that the race was created in Sherbrooke in 1995, the Université de Sherbrooke has instituted a trophy named after the Antic calculation instrument, "The AbacUS Grand Price", to be kept by the winning team for a year. The Université de Sherbrooke Rector, Pierre Reid, said that the name of the winning team and their university will be inscribed on the trophy which will travel throughout Canada.
The Rector said that the Université de Sherbrooke has always supported the efforts of organizing teams of the Mad Programming Race since the objective of this events correspond to the ones emphasized at the University: "In Sherbrooke, each student is responsible of her or his own formation. The University however has the responsibility to help them in their learning efforts and prepare them to face the work market, in particular by accustoming them to work under pressure on tight schedule".
This year, three universities work at organizing the Mad Programming Race: Université de Sherbrooke has proposed 7 of the 10 questions, L'École Polytechnique de Montréal submitted 2 and Bishop's University will write one question and will translate all 10 questions as well.
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Gilles Pelloille, Communications Officer
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Benoît Parent, Chairman of the Board, Mad Programming Race,
and student (Electric Engineering) at the Université de Sherbrooke
(819) 563-7869, or (514) 951-2612
e-mail: gonzrubi@gel. usherb.ca