Dr. Harrington serves as judge at the 2012 World Programming Competition
The Finals are the culmination of regional competitions that last year, started with 22,000 of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines from over 1,931 universities from 82 countries on six continents. In the Finals, the top 103 teams competed for the World Championship.
The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. The contest will pit teams of three university students against eleven complex problems, with a grueling five-hour deadline. Huddled around a single computer, competitors will race against the clock in a battle of logic, strategy and mental endurance. For a well-versed computer science student, some of the problems require precision only. Others require a knowledge and understanding of advanced algorithms. Still others require totally original thinking, appropriate for the top collegiate programmers in the world.
Dr Harrington also serves as a Chief Judge for the Mid-Central Regional Competition that sends teams to the Finals, and he hasin the regional competition since 1991.