Friday, November 16, 2007

UCSD takes 2nd and 5th in ACM SoCal Programming Contest

UC San Diego computer science students took 2nd and 5th at last weekend's ACM Southern California Regional Programming Contest.

The UCSD computer scientists made up 4 of the 63 teams and faced off against teams from schools like CalTech, Harvey Mudd, USC, UCLA, UCSB, UNLV, and UCI.

“We did extremely well. We placed second and fifth. UCSD was the only school to have two teams place in the top five,” said Michael Taylor, the UCSD computer science professor who served as the 2007 ACM Programming Team Faculty Coordinator.

A team from Caltech took first place. The results are available here and a whole bunch of pictures are posted here.

UCSD’s team “Canada” took second place.
Members below:
Aaron Barany (Aaron created the "underwater statue" image about half way down the page)
Timothy Bollman
Keliang Zhao

UCSD’s team “Paper” took fifth place.
Members below:
Andrew Chain
Eli Friedman
Kei Shun Ma

The other two UCSD teams:
Iman Sadeghi
Taurin Tan-atichat
James Whiteside

Erik Buchanan
Rene Claus
Elliott Slaughter

Professor Taylor thanks this year's student coaches: Michael Vrable, William Matthews, Nakul Verma, and Md. Kamruzzaman as well as UCSD’s sponsor, Mike Dini of the Dini Group.

Here is a fun link from Professor Taylor’s Web site. It’s a self-maintaining directory of people named Michael Taylor.

UCSD Entrepreneurship Conference Sat Nov 17

Here is info on VentureForth's 5th Annual Entrepreneurship Conference. It is tomorrow at UCSD from 9 AM to 4 PM. All the info is below and also here.

When and Where? Saturday, November 17, 2007 9 AM to 4 PM at UCSD Warren College, CALIT2 (Main Auditorium, Atkinson Hall)

The conference, along with breakfast and lunch, is provided free of charge.

For more information visit

What you'll get:

Learn how entrepreneurs take innovations to market.
Listen to senior executives, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs from various industries as they come together to share and discuss their insights on the hottest trends and opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Keynote speakers include:
* Blake Ross, Co-Founder of FireFox & Parakey, recently acquired by Facebook

Three Topic Panels and 1 Hands-on Workshop:
* Engineering Industry Panel
* Web 2.0 Industry Panel
* Intellectual Property/Financing Your Venture Panel
* Market Research Workshop
Also, meet Founders, CEO's, and key executives from:
* Intuit
* Blackbird Venture
* Trusonic
* Ortiva Wireless
* Netsift
* iChanneX Corporation