Saturday 24th March saw 2 teams from LIT Tipperary travel to UCC for the ACM Irish Collegiate Programming Competition. “ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM provides the computing field’s premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources.” (http://www.acm.org/) I saw a link to the event a couple of months ago (probably on Twitter) and decided it would be worthwhile for some of our students to get involved. Teams of up to 3 undergraduate students can enter the competition and on the day teams are given 8 programming problems which they must write code to implement within a four hour timeline. This year there were approximately 30 teams from Dublin Institute of Technology, University of Limerick, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, NUI Maynooth, University college Cork, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen and Limerick Institute of Technology. We didn’t feature in the prizes but both teams came out smiling after the 4 hours and seemed to enjoy the competition. Now that we know what’s involved I’m looking forward to going back next year. For more details check out http://acm.ucc.ie/.