Team Ireland Unlucky at IOI 2015
Team Ireland were unfortunate not to get a medal at this year's prestigious International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI). The four teenagers from around Ireland had an emotional week in the beautiful city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, but a week that they will never forget, thanks to DCU and Fidelity Investments.
With two competition days during the week, each member of the team had to solve three difficult algorithmic programming problems each day in the contest hall at the Al-Fabarbi National University. Competing against 300 of the brightest young programming minds from around the world, Ireland were unfortunate not to bring home a Bronze medal. National AIPO winner, Áron Hoffmann, missing out on a medal due to some simple logic and bug errors in his code.
Team Ireland consisted of Áron Hoffman (18) from Luttrellstown Community College, Dublin, Daniel Mulcahy (18) from Gonzaga College, Dublin, Noah Donnelly (18) from Our Lady's Secondary, Monaghan and Teofil Camarasu (17), Dundalk Grammar School, Louth.
Gary Conway from the School of Computing, DCU, who lead the Irish Delegation said, ‘The IOI is probably one of the toughest competitive programming competitions in the world. When writing code under this pressure, simple bugs can catch out even the best competitors. The guys should be very proud of themselves for reaching this International Olympiad. To count themselves among the top 300 young programmers in the world looks very impressive on a CV’.
Happily the IOI provides many wonderful excursions and activities for the students to boost their morale. With visits to the Kazakh State Circus, Mountain hiking in the Shymbulak Ski Resort, IOI sports competition and Flashmob dancing at traditional Kazakh villages, the week had many high points.
But above all, it is the international friendships that are made at the IOI that the guys will keep from their week in the Almaty. By representing Ireland, the guys deserved a medal each, being one of the most popular teams at the IOI. The cultural diversity and integration experienced at the IOI is something that these teenagers will never forget.
Team Ireland and the AIPO has continually been supported by Fidelity Investments and DCU. It’s this support that helps build opportunities and a positive future for our talented younger generation of programmers.