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Presenting the 2018 Irish IOI Team

AIPO-IOI Team Ireland1Sunday 8th April - After three day of competitive programming in DCU’s School of Computing at the final stage of the All-Ireland Programming Olympiad (AIPO), the best young programmers in Ireland have been selected to attend the prestigious 30th International Olympiad in Informatics in Tsukuba, Japan in September.
 
John Ryan (19yrs - St.Joseph's College, Borrisoleigh, Thurles), Kieran Horgan (18yrs - Davis College, Mallow, Co. Cork), Oisin O’Duibhir (18yrs - Scoil Mhuire Agus Íde, Newcastle West, Limerick) and newcomer Caolan Fleming (17yrs - Kings Hospital, Lucan, Co. Dublin) claimed the top four places on the AIPO scoreboard. Eight students from the National Finals in February were invited to this Fidelity Investments sponsored selection bootcamp on DCU campus for a mix of competitive programming training and IOI qualification contests.

1st, 2nd & 3rd for DCU teams at IrlCPC

IrlCPC AIPO 2018Saturday 10th March - This year's AIPO secondary school team of John Ryan, Kieran Horgan and Oisin O'Duibhir won the 2018 Irish Collegiate Programming Competition (IrlCPC) in UCC. These whizzkids posted a perfect score of 71 points in just 1 hour 40 minutes into the 4 hour algorithmic competition.

Unfortunately as they are still at secondary school they were unable to collect the IrlCPC title. This went to the top undergraduate team of Noah Donnelly, Cian Ruane and Ciara Godwin from DCU. A combined CPSSD and CA team sporting Swiss t-shirts courtesy of Noah's internship at Google Zurich. 3rd place went to the CPSSD veterans of Darragh Griffin, Conor Griffin and Ryan Connell. These three DCU teams all posted perfect scores of 71, the only teams to achieve this out of 40 university teams competing.

AIPO teams have now got top spot at IrlCPC three out of the last five years, which is an amazing achievement for students who are still at school. The AIPO team to represent Ireland at the prestigious International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) will be selected over a three day bootcamp in DCU on 6/7/8th April. 

Dr. Suzanne Little named in Silicon Republic's Pipeline Protectors

Girls Hack Ireland7th March 2018 - On International Women's Day, Dr. Suzanne Little from Insight and the School of Computing, has been named in Silicon Republic's list of female Pipeline Protectors for educating the next generation of STEM talent.

Along with her DCU colleagues, Dr Aoibhéann Bird of Insight and Ruth Kenealy (formly of Insight), Suzanne was listed along with 33 other female educators for addressing gender balance in the STEM pipeline and nurturing a new generation of women in STEM through education and outreach initiatives.

“Girls Hack Ireland addresses the challenge of cultivating … that science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is inclusive of and rewarding for girls and women.” This is the core maxim of Girls Hack Ireland, an initiative started by Dr Joanne Dolan (more on her below) and later led by the three DCU colleagues.

Numbers swell for AIPO National Finals

Saturday 17th February - With the lure of Japan as the host country for this year’s International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), students numbers for the AIPO Preliminary round and National Finals saw a significant jump of 33%. Forty secondary students from around Ireland qualified through the preliminary round to pit their coding skills against each other at DCU’s National Programming Olympiad. Once again, with the help of Fidelity Investments sponsorship, high-spec laptops, AIPO medals and the chance to represent Ireland in Japan where on offer making for a very competitive atmosphere amongst these young students.

AIPO2018 Senior WinnersStudents had to code solutions in Python/C++ or Java for 8 algorithmic puzzles in the five hour competition. Each solution is tested against a number of data sets of increasing size with points collected for each one it passes in the allowed run time. Therefore only students who write the most efficient algorithmic solution would receive full points for a problem. As budding data scientists or software developers, these self taught student are already ahead of their peers with the introduction of the computer science leaving cert in September and well on the way to an exciting career in IT.

Kieran Horgan (17yrs) from Davis College, Mallow, Co. Cork, clinched the AIPO Gold medal with an almost perfect score of 795 points out of a possible 800. Having finished in second place last year, Kieran has done a huge amount of competitive programming practice at home which paid off for him on the day. Walking away with a Dell XPS13 laptop and the National AIPO title, Kieran is aiming for a medal at the IOI in September. John Ryan (18yrs) from St. Josephs College, Thurles, finished second with 704 points and Oisin O’Duibhir (18yrs) from Scoil Mhuire Agus Íde, Newcastle West, Limerick came in 3rd with 669 points.

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