Top Students Remain in Java, C++ Contest Sponsored by Sun, TopCoder

3/17/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. and TopCoder, Inc., a company committed to identifying and promoting computer programming talent through competition, announced the top fifty Java[tm] and C++ programmers remaining in its 2003 Collegiate Challenge. The tournament will award a total prize purse of $100,000. This is the second consecutive year that Sun and TopCoder have hosted this world-renowned collegiate programming tournament and the fifth major tournament hosted by TopCoder.

"Sun is thrilled to be the exclusive sponsor of the 2003 Collegiate Challenge," said Stans Kleijnen, vice president, Market Development Engineering, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "This type of collegiate competition enables students to sharpen their Java programming skills and enhance their opportunities for employment when they graduate."

The 2003 Sun Microsystems and TopCoder Collegiate Challenge brings together the world's highest-rated college-level Java and C++ computer programmers and members of the TopCoder community. The programmers are ranked based upon their performance during weekly online competitions and the top ranked members are then invited to participate in four online elimination rounds of regional competition. The winner of each region will be named Regional Champion on March 24, awarded $600 and automatically advanced to the final field of sixteen competitors. The remaining sixteen will compete in the tournament's semifinal and championship rounds, which will be held April 4 and 5, 2003 at the University Park Hotel @ MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There, the tournament champion will win $50,000.

The fifty programmers that participated in the Regional Championships represent thirty-four schools from eight countries around the world. CalTech had the strongest representation with six programmers, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University, Stanford University and Georgia Tech, each with three programmers.

Eight semifinalists from previous tournaments are still competing in this year's Collegiate Challenge. Among them is Daniel Wright of Stanford University. This returning Collegiate Challenge champion chose to use Java technology to secure his $100,000 purse in 2002. Also competing in this year's challenge is former finalist David Arthur from Duke University.

"Each year a new class of graduates enters the IT workforce," said TopCoder Chairman and founder, Jack Hughes. "TopCoder competitions enable technology companies and recruiters to identify and objectively assess candidates through testing and rating coding skills under real-world conditions. TopCoder offers services to assist companies looking to hire top programming talent."

About TopCoder, Inc.
TopCoder, Inc. organizes and hosts online and onsite programming competitions for its members. With a global membership database, TopCoder members extend across all professional and collegiate levels. The attraction of competition and the associated rewards create a powerful community of programmers. Access to this community is granted to corporate partners who both promote and profit from the relationship. For more information and registration details, TopCoder Software, TopCoder Employment Services and sponsorships of weekly single round matches visit

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

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