IOI 2012 Team Ireland Member wins CoderDojo Award

CoderDojo LogoAIPO 2012 Winner and IOI 2012 Team Ireland member, Maciej Goszczycki was the winner of CoderDojo's ‘Coolest Project’ Awards held for the first time at Intel’s massive microprocessor manufacturing facility in Leixlip, Co Kildare. Goszczycki won the award for creating his own software language he calls ODA.

Maciej based his new software language on a task from the 2012 IOI competition called Odometer where you had to extend the functionalities of a robot that measured distance.

Maciej said "It had only labels and you had to programme a robot to do certain things for you. So I thought it would be cool if this language really existed in real life rather than a competition.”

Maciej has submitted the software to social coding site GitHub and hopes to drum up some support from the young and emerging developer community for the language.

Full story is available on Silicon Republic.

Well done Maciej and see you at the AIPO 2013 competition.

Croatian Open Competition in Informatics


The Croatian Informatics Olympiad Committee run a series of online competitions in preparation for their national competition in March. The competition is open to anyone and is hosted on their live contest system. The first competition kicks off tomorrow at 3pm irish time, will be three hours long and will feature six tasks. The tasks will be of widely varying difficulty.

More details are available here:

This online competition would be ideal practice for the AIPO competition and making the irish team for IOI2013 in Brisbane, Australia.

Team Ireland spend an intense week at IOI2012

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Garda in the north of Italy, the International Olympiad in Informatics challenged teams of second-level students (13-18yrs old) from 81 different countries to pitch their programmatic and logic skills against the genius of Italy's Leonardo da Vinci. The 304 contestants had to complete 6 tasks based on da Vinci's scientific observations over a 2 day period.