Team Ireland for 28th International Olympiad in Informatics chosen at DCU
The cream of young irish programming talent rose to the top of the AIPO leaderboard after 3 days of intensive algorithmic coding challenges in DCU this week. Four young men are on their way to the trip of a lifetime to the Olympics of high school programming in Russia in August.
Eoin Davey (18yr) from Summerhill College, Sligo, Teofil Camarasu (18yr) from Dundalk Grammar School, Louth, John Ryan (17yr) from St. Joseph's College, Thules, Tipperary and Kieran Horgan (15yr) from Davis College, Mallow, Cork have been chosen to represent Ireland at the 28th International Olympiad Informatics in Kazan, Russia.
The International Olympiad in Informatics is the world’s main informatics competition for school-age students, and was first initiated by UNESCO in 1989. This year, team Ireland will compete as individual students against over 300 students from 82 different countries around the world at the Kazan Federal University in Russia.
After 2 previous stages of the AIPO, the best 8 students were invited to a special 3 days bootcamp at the School of Computing, DCU. The students stayed in campus residence, giving them a taste of university living and the DCU experience. Hopefully these talented students chose DCU as their first CAO choice in years to come. The School of Computing CPSSD degree is a natural home for these students with many previous AIPO graduates now enrolled in the course and the majority of them now interning at the likes of Google, Openet and IBM for the summer.
But the bootcamp wasn't all coding conundrums with some mental decompression in the evenings provided. Day 1 decompression was the 'Park that Arduino' car challenge, where the students were split into two teams to try and code an arduino robot to auto park itself just using it's parking sensors. On Tuesday evening the AIPO team went to a Russian restaurant in Dublin to try a flavour of this year's IOI cuisine. The Russian dumplings were a big hit!
It is credit to all 8 students to make it this far in the AIPO competition where these coding problems would challenge the best of 3rd Computing undergraduate students, so well done to everyone who attended.
The AIPO and the trip to the IOI in Russia are generously sponsored by Fidelity Investments and DCU. The host country covers all costs for country delegations during the IOI.
The final Scoreboard can be seen here: http://aiporanking.computing.dcu.ie/Ranking.html
Day1 and Day3 problems and test cases can be found below. During Day2 of the bootcamp the students took part in the CIIC 2016 as their day2 qualification contest. The CIIC is a Ibero-American online informatics competition consisting of IOI hopeful teams from 11 different South American countries plus Spain, Portugal and Ireland. As this competition is still ongoing their problems have not been released to the public yet but scores achieved were added to our scoreboard.
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