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Our students win the world championship!

On March 15, 2007 a team of students from the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics at Warsaw University (MIMUW), sponsored by ATM S.A., won the International Collegiate Programming Contest traditionally held by the Association for Computing Machinery.

This year’s finals were held in Tokyo on March 12-16, 2007. The team members were: Marek Cygan, 4th grade CS student, Marcin Pilipczuk, 4th grade student of the simultaneous IT/mathematics courses (JSIM), and Filip Wolski, 1st grade JSIM student. Their academic advisors are Krzysztof Diks and Jan Madey, professors from MIMUW.

The contest enjoyed the greatest popularity in history. As many as 6099 teams (including 7 from Warsaw University) registered for participation, representing 1756 higher education institutions from 82 countries. In the final stage, the Polish team beat 88 others participants.

Close cooperation between ATM and the Warsaw University team has begun over 2 years ago. The company offered its sponsorship when the team was preparing for the championship of Poland, and then for the European semi-finals and world finals. As the main sponsor, ATM also endowed three one-year scholarships for the programming team members.

Last year, in early November, Krakow saw the 9th Academic Championship of Poland in Team Programming held by the Jagiellonian University. These were attended by 54 three-person teams from the most important academic centers in Poland. Due to the excellent results achieved in the previous years, Warsaw University could be represented by as much as 7 teams, and all of them gave a very strong performance. The title of the Academic Champion of Poland in Team Programming went to the team whose members were awarded scholarships by ATM. A few weeks ago, the same team became the Central European champion.

"As a technology company that develops software in-house, ATM greatly appreciates the successes of young Polish programmers, who win the top places in the International Collegiate Programming Contest and the TopCoder events," emphasized Roman Szwed, president of the management board at ATM S.A., and a graduate and long-time employee of Warsaw University.

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