At Michigan, coding has been a competitive sport since the late 1980s when teams of students began competing in Association for Computing Machinery collegiate programming contests. In these competitions, teams of three students work on a single computer to solve as many programming challenges as possible in a set amount of time.
This year, one U-M team qualified to advance to the North America Championship stage of the 2020 International Collegiate Programming Contest, held February 19-23 in Atlanta, Georgia. The U-M team placed 27 in a field of 59. “It was a very competitive field, so we did not prevail,” said emeritus professor Kevin Compton, one of the team’s coaches. “It was, however, an honor to make it to this level.”