AIPO 2014 Finals Press Release

AIPO 2014 WinnersDUBLIN, February 22, 2014 - The School of Computing, DCU held the 20th anniversary All-Ireland Programming Olympiad (AIPO) on Saturday. The national computer programming competition for second-level students - sponsored by the School of Computing, DCU and Fidelity Investments - pitches the best and some of the youngest programmers from around the country against each other to compete for a place on the team that will represent Ireland at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI).

“We are delighted to be sponsoring this event for the third year,” said Tadhg O’Shea, vice president of software engineering for Fidelity Investments. “The talent here today is outstanding. It is amazing to see such a high level of skill from these students, at such a young stage in their lives.  One of our finalists is only nine years of age.  Fidelity is proud to lend our technology expertise and work alongside the School of Computing, DCU to help teach these students and empower them for success at the International Finals. Congratulations to all the students who participated in the National Final today.”

AIPO 2014 Schedule


We are pleased to announce the schedule for the 2014 AIPO competition. The Preliminary online round will be available from Monday the 6th January 2014 until midnight on Tuesday 18th February 2014. Successful competitors from the preliminary round will be invited along to the National Finals, here in DCU on Saturday 22nd February.

As this will be the 20th Anniversary of the competition in DCU, we are planning to send a full Irish team to the IOI Finals in Taipei, Taiwan in July. This will mean that we will invite the top 8 students from the National Finals along to a AIPO-IOI Training Camp here in DCU where the best 4 students will be selected to represent Ireland in Taiwan. So in summary:

  • Preliminary Round (online): 6th January 2014 - 18th February 2014
  • National Finals: 22nd February @ DCU
  • Training Camp Dates (TBC)
  • IOI Taiwan: 13-20th July 2014

International Olympiad in Informatics 2013 Report - Richard Tynan

I was lucky enough again this year to be selected to represent Ireland at the International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI) 2013. This year the competition was being hosted by Australia, in Brisbane, Queensland.

Brisbane City
Brisbane City

Our team of three, myself, Maciej Goszczycki and Charlie Daly (our team leader) set off from Terminal 2 of Dublin Airport on the 2nd of July. What followed was roughly 30 hours of flights and airports. First to Heathrow, then to Dubai and finally to Brisbane. Needless to say, we were exhausted on arrival. I honestly didn't know what day it was by the end.

We spent a few days in Brisbane city centre getting over our jet lag. Then we were picked up on Sunday morning by an IOI bus, to take us to Univesity of Queensland, where the competition was being hosted this year. We got off at St. John's College to regisiter, where we met with our guide, Gayathri, and got allocated our accommodation. Charlie was staying with the other leaders at St. Leo's College, while Maciej and I were staying at Cromwell's College (ahem).