Led by Associate Professor Amanda Sturgill, two School of Communications students and two Elon alumni shot and edited video and photography at the February event that featured top computer programming students from the United States and Canada.
Elon students and alumni got hands-on experience with event coverage working as the media team for the International Collegiate Programming Contest’s (ICPC) North America Championship on Feb. 22 in Atlanta.
Elizabeth Bigham ’22 and Thomas Denome ’23 joined alumnus Oliver Fischer ’19 and iMedia alumnus Lee McPhatter G ’18 to provide video and photo coverage of the event, which attracted top teams of computer programming students from the United States and Canada. The student teams competed for spots in the 2020 ICPC World Finals, which will be held in Moscow, Russia, this summer. The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology will host the six-day international event.
Bigham, Fischer and McPhatter shot and edited 23 videos including interviews with competitors, sponsors and staff as well as event coverage and footage for live broadcast and ceremonies. Denome, a journalism major, used his experience shooting sports for Elon News Network to photograph the programming competition.
The Elon team was led by Associate Professor Amanda Sturgill, who has brought students and alumni to ICPC events since 2010 to develop their reporting and videography skills. “It’s a great opportunity for students to use their emerging skills while getting to travel and see a truly unique event,” Sturgill said.
This year was the first-ever championship for the North America super region. Nineteen teams qualified to advance to the World Finals, where approximately 140 teams will compete for top honors. Each year, more than 60,000 students from around the world participate in ICPC events.
The International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is an annual multi-tiered competitive programming competition among the universities of the world. Headquartered at Baylor University, ICPC is the world’s oldest, largest and most prestigious collegiate programming contest.