Battle of the Brains
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Let the coding begin!
IBM and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) have announced the start of the regional competitions that will lead to the finals of the 31st International Collegiate Programming Contest.
From now through December of this year, teams consisting of three students around the globe will participate in the regional heats, attempting to solve real-world programming problems under a five-hour deadline. We expect more than 6,000 teams from 84 countries will participate, with 85 teams advancing to the World Finals next March.
That's a whole lotta programming going on! Click here to see the schedule of regional contests, and may the biggest brains win!
And speaking of big brains, IBM announced yesterday that it would start publishing patent filings on the Web for public review. The New York Times wrote a story on this bold new open source-like direction in intellectual property and patent filings.
This outcome was greatly influenced by a two months-long intellectual exchange, with 50 experts from a variety of fields (including law, economics, government, technology, and others) participating via a wiki.
This allowed the experts to debate some of the most significant challenges we face in intellectual property and patent protection, resulting in a manifesto that reflected the spirit of collaboration by working together via the Internet, as well as establishing a foundation for a functioning marketplace for the creation, ownership, licensing and equitable exchange of intellectual property here at the dawn of the 21st century.
You can learn more about this effort in the final report.