Irish Medal success at International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI2018)

Kieran Horgan IOI MedalWednesday 5th September - 18 year old Kieran Horgan from Mallow, Co. Cork clinched a Bronze medal at this year’s prestigious 30th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Tsukuba, Japan. After winning the AIPO national title in DCU in February, Kieran was awarded the Bronze medal after two days of competitive programming among 335 high school students from around the world. In field that is dominated by the USA, China, Russia and former soviet states, this is quite an achievement!

Sponsored by Fidelity Investments, Team Ireland included John Ryan (19yr) from St.Joseph's College, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Oisin O’Duibhir (18yr) from Scoil Mhuire Agus Íde, Newcastle West, Limerick, Caolan Fleming (17yr) from Leinster College, Newbridge, Kildare, Kieran Horgan and Delegation Leaders, Gary Conway and Ximo Planells.

Kieran had an excellent first day of the contest, scoring 180 points out of a possible 300,  to put him into a solid silver medal position. However, the second day of the contest was much tougher, with Kieran only scoring 24 out of 300 points. Thankfully, most students found points difficult to come by on the second day, but he did slip down into the Bronze category managing to scoring enough to keep himself above the cut off. He gave his delegation leaders (and his family no doubt!) quite a fright on the morning of the second competition day, when he was one of the first to score 19 points on the third problem, propelling himself into the Gold range!

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.

2018 Finalists

Congratuations to the following students who have qualified through the preliminary round of AIPO.

The national finals of the AIPO programming Olympiad takes place in DCU tomorrow, Saturday 17th February between 11am and 4pm.
This competition encourages the brightest young secondary level students from around the country to compete for the AIPO title and a v.nice high-spec laptop. This year there were 71 students who attempted the first round algorithmic problems on the AIPO website with 40 successfully making it through to the Finals tomorrow.

Included in these 40 students are 7 junior competitors who are under 15 years old. They will 8 problems to solve over a 5 hour period with problems of varying difficulty from very easy to very hard. Gold, Silver and Bronze AIPO Medals for the best placed Junior (<15yrs) and Senior students (>=15yrs) of the competition and a high spec laptop for the top student in each section, revealed on our Facebook page:
The top eight Senior students from the competition will be invited to an AIPO-IOI training / selection camp here on DCU campus on 2nd/3rd/4th March where the top four students from this training will be invited to represent Ireland at the IOI Finals in Japan (1st Sept - 8th Sept)