Team Ireland come close at IOI 2013

Team Ireland came close to grabbing a bronze medal at the 2013 International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) competition this year, held at the beautiful University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

Richard Tynan (IOI2012 Team Ireland) returned the IOI determined to score as many points as possible in this year's set of informatics problems. School-going contestants from 81 countries around the world had to solve 6 tasks over 2 days with each task scoring a maximum of 100 points for a perfecty optismised solution.

Richard had a good second day at the competition scoring 132 points from the three problems, almost as much as the great Johnny Ho (IOI2012 1st place) did on the second day with his 164 points.

Team Ireland selected for 2013 IOI

After 2 days of intense training at the AIPO-IOI training camp here in DCU, the final competition to select the team to represent Ireland at the International Olympiad in Informatics was held.

At the end of 5 hours of competiton covering three IOI grade tasks, Richard Tynan (Team Ireland IOI2012) emerging as the overall winner with an impressive score of 150 points. The race for the last place on the plane to Australia was more interesting with Richard's other team mates from the 2012 IOI battling it out between them. Abdullah Mohammad looked to have secured the spot with score of 80 points on the Network of Schools problem but young Maciej Goszczycki submitted a brute force solution to the difficult Rivers problem in the final hour which got him 40 points and brought his total score up to 90 points.

Richard and Maciej will now fly out to the IOI in Australia on Tuesday 2nd July for almost two weeks with our delegation leader, Charlie Daly. After a few days of acclimazation in Brisbane they will be straight back into competition mode with the practice session on Sunday the 7th and Day 1 of competition on Monday the 8th July.

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IOI Team Selection Competition Day

AIPO-IOI CompetitionThe final day of the AIPO-IOI training camp takes place today in the School of Computing, DCU. After two days of gruelling training on Dynamic Programming and Graph Theory this competition will select the two students to represent Ireland at the IOI Finals in Brisbane, Australia.

The top two students will be flying out to Australia with Charlie as Delegation leader next week for two weeks of problem solving and Ozzie fun with excursions to late Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo and another to Underwater World on the Sunshine Coast.

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