Montana Tech Hosting International Collegiate Programming Contest

Montana Tech will be a hosting site for the Rocky Mountain Regionals of the Association of Computing of Machinery's International Collegiate Programming Contest. Seven teams from around Montana and Utah will compete at Montana Tech during the weekend of November 2nd and 3rd and will be participating in the contest with teams from the entire Rocky Mountain Region.
The International Collegiate Programming Contest is an algorithmic programming contest for college students. Teams of three, representing their university, work to solve the most real-world problems, fostering collaboration, creativity, innovation, and the ability to perform under pressure. Through training and competition, teams challenge each other to raise the bar on the possible. It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world.

>Montana Tech has three teams competing this year comprised of sophomores and freshman undergraduate students. The contestants are Justin Bak, Alex West, Marcus Frisbee, Seth Bettwieser, Andrew Morelo, Ronda Boyle, Kaleb Bausch, Xaavan Dolence, and Dalton Caron, with Justin Bak, Rhonda Boyle, and Dalton Caron returning this year after having competed in last year’s competition.

The 2017 contest was held on Veteran’s Day weekend with Montana Tech entering four teams in a field of 52 from various colleges and universities throughout the RMC area. One of the Montana Tech teams, Keeb Krew, consisting of Michael Fryer, Kenny Schmit, and Trevor Brooks, placed 10th, solving five of the 11 problems with a total time (including penalty) of 448 minutes. The other teams: J-Team, consisting of Justin Bak, Jesse Anderson, and Joseph Walker, placed 42nd, solving 3 problems with a total time of 331 minutes, while the Diggers++ team, consisting of Dalton Caron, Max Austin, and Zachariah Valenzuela placed 46th solving two problems with a total time of 56 minutes, and team ||Diggers, consisting of Ronda Boyle, Marcus Frisbee, and Josh Baldwin placed 48th, solving two problems with a total time of 213 minutes.

For more information, contact site coordinator Phillip J. Curtiss, Montana Tech Computer Science Assistant Professor, at 406-496-4807 or