This is an annual computer programming olympiad held at Dublin City University (DCU). The goals of the competition are:
- To encourage and reward young programmers, (male and female).
- To promote contacts among programmers in Ireland.
- To select a team for the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI).
The competition is open to all second-level students in Ireland who are under 20 on the 1st of July.
It consists of two rounds; round one can be done at home or at school, and is used to determine entry to the final round which will be held in the School of Computing at DCU. For details on entry go to the How To Enter section.
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Gary Conway and Ximo Planells [Competition Organisers]
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.
Pic L-R: Kieran Horgan, Teofil Camarasu, John Ryan, Eoin Davey
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.
There was much excitement in the foyer of the School of Computing last Saturday at the National Finals of the All-Ireland Programming Olympiad (AIPO) among parents and siblings of the school going competitors. With the atmosphere fuelled by numerous teas, coffees, Fidelity cupcakes and sweet cart jellies, spectators witnessed three perfect scores in the final minutes of the 5 hour Algorithmic Programming Olympiad.
Teofil Camarasu, Leaving Cert student from Dundalk Grammar School, amazingly posted a perfect score on all problems after just 2.5 hours of the 5 hour competition. A very strong performance from the IOI2015 Team Ireland member and bodes well for his chances of making Team Ireland again this year for IOI2016 in Russia.
The next to post a perfect score after 4 hours of the competition was the hardened competitor, John Ryan, Transition Year student from St. Joseph's College Tipperary. John won the Junior section of the AIPO 2014 and has been a regular prizewinner at the BT Young Scientist competition.
Finally, with just 15 minutes to go, Eoin Davey from Summerhill College Sligo, cracked the final problem and got his perfect 450 point score.