Team Ireland go close at the Informatics Olympics in Russia

IOI2016-Pic1Like Ireland’s 400m sprinter Thomas Barr at the Rio Olympics, Team Ireland came very close to getting a Bronze medal at the Olympics of High-School Programming in Russia.

Teofil Camarasu, a sixth year student from Dundalk Community School came within 11 points of attaining a Bronze medal among 308 of the smartest young computer programmers from around the planet. 81 countries brought delegations to the prestigious 28th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Kazan, Russia for one the toughest tests of these young students’ lives. The IOI is one of five international science Olympiads for secondary school students with this Olympiad focusing on computing science and information technology and was first initiated by UNESCO in 1989. Each student must solve 6 algorithmic problems over two days of competition, with points awarded for how quickly their coded solution runs against large data inputs.

Team Ireland for 28th International Olympiad in Informatics chosen at DCU

AIPO-IOI Team Ireland 2016

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.

Three perfect scores at the 2016 AIPO Nationals Finals

AIPO2016-Finals1There 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.