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Semifinalists Announced for 2005 TopCoder Collegiate Challenge Sponsored by Yahoo!®
Coding Elite from 21 Colleges in 12 Countries to Meet at World Championship of Collegiate Programming Scheduled for March 10th and 11th in Santa Clara, CA

GLASTONBURY, CT, February 22, 2005— TopCoder, Inc., the leader in online programming competition, skills assessment and competitive software development, today announced the 31 International onsite semifinalists who have advanced to the Championship rounds of the 2005 TopCoder Collegiate Challenge sponsored by Yahoo! This annual TopCoder tournament, the second collegiate challenge event sponsored by Yahoo!, is open to college students worldwide and will award cash prizes totaling $150,000. The tournament's semifinal and Championship rounds will be held March 10th and 11th at the Santa Clara Marriott in Santa Clara, CA. Full details are provided at:

"TopCoder tournaments traditionally attract the world's very top programming problem solvers," said Rob Hughes, President and COO of TopCoder, Inc. "It's always an impressive sight to see such an international representation of programming talent assembled in one place."

The 24 finalists in the Algorithm Coding Competition, representing 10 nationalities, are:

Algorithm Competitors
*Jan Kuipers, The Netherlands *Tomasz Czajka, Poland
Erik-Jan Krijgsman, The Netherlands Luka Kalinovcic, Croatia
Michal Forisek, Slovak Republic *Alexander Neubeck, Germany
Hong Chen, USA *Ante Derek, USA
Po-Ru Loh, USA *John Dethridge, Australia
Robin Nittka, Germany Marian Dvorsky, Slovak Republic
*Adrian Kuegel, Germany Rune Fevang, Norway
Xin Qi, USA *Tomasz Idziaszek, Poland
*Zheng Shao, USA *Eryk Kopczynski, Poland
*Mathijs Vogelzang, The Netherlands *Georgios Papoutsis, Germany
*Adam D'Angelo, USA *David Vickrey, USA
Marcin Michalski, Poland *Ralph Furmaniak, Canada

The 7 finalists in the Component Design and Development Competitions, representing 4 countries are:

Design Competitors Development Competitors
*Adrian Carcu, Romania Zheng Zhang, China
*Mihai Pasca, Romania Xu Chuan, China
Kyle Littlefield, USA *Gary Linscott, Canada
  Zhimin Chen, China

*Competitors who have previously participated in TopCoder tournament onsite rounds.

Over 1,300 students from around the world began competing in qualifying rounds of the TCCC05 in December. Through a series of online rounds, this field has been narrowed down to 31 final competitors comprised of 24 Algorithm and 7 Component competitors. These finalists will now compete in face-to-face competition at the Santa Clara Marriot in California on March 10th and 11th to determine the winners of all competitions.

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