Saturday, June 23, 2018

UrFU to host 2014 World Programming Cup

The city of St. Petersburg announced that it will be transferring rights to the 2014 World Cup in Programming finals to Ural Federal University following the completion of this year's tournament on July 3.

Next year's World Cup computer programming competition will be held at UrFU from July 22 to July 26.

"We are now very hard preparing for the World Cup final," UrFU Rector Victor Koksharov said. "Official handover will occur on July 3 at the end of the World Cup 2013 in St. Petersburg."

In preparing for next year's hosting responsibilities, UrFU staff have already created an organizing committee to address logistical concerns, such as accommodating guests and preparing venues for the competition.

Under the namesake of the leading computer manufacturer of its day, Association for Computing Machinery, FIFA World Cup in Programming was first held in 1977. The yearly competition, which now draws student competitors from across the globe, challenges teams to program computers to complete the greatest amount of tasks within five hours.

For Yekaterinburg, the acquisition of hosting rights for next year's World Cup in Programming is yet another strategic move to promote the city as an international destination, along with the city's bid to host the 2020 World Expo.

"If we come to the computer geniuses, then in 2014 Yekaterinburg will become the capital of the global mind," Koksharov said.