Team Ireland Unlucky at IOI 2015

Team Ireland at  IOI Opening CeremonyTeam Ireland were unfortunate not to get a medal at this year's prestigious International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI). The four teenagers from around Ireland had an emotional week in the beautiful city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, but a week that they will never forget, thanks to DCU and Fidelity Investments.

With two competition days during the week, each member of the team had to solve three difficult algorithmic programming problems each day in the contest hall at the Al-Fabarbi National University. Competing against 300 of the brightest young programming minds from around the world, Ireland were unfortunate not to bring home a Bronze medal. National AIPO winner, Áron Hoffmann, missing out on a medal due to some simple logic and bug errors in his code.

Ireland's Best Young Computer Programmers Win a Trip to Compete at the Olympics of Programming

AIPO IOI Team 2015After several rigorous selection rounds, team Ireland has been chosen after a 3 day bootcamp in DCU to attend the prestigious International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI).

Essentially the Olympics of high school computer programming, the IOI is attended by over 80 countries showcasing their brightest young talent. Four teenagers from the around the country will travel on a trip of a lifetime to meet up with over 300 students from around the world at the 27th IOI in Almaty, Kazakhstan at the end of July. They’ve come a long way to reach this stage and it’s testament to their passion and commitment to programming.

This is the final stage of the All-Ireland Programming Olympiad (AIPO) which is sponsored by Fidelity Investments and hosted by the School of Computing, DCU. The lucky students who will represent Ireland at the IOI in Kazakhstan are:

  • Áron Hoffman, Luttrellstown Community College, Dublin
  • Daniel Mulcahy, Gonzaga College, Dublin
  • Noah Donnelly, Our Lady's Secondary, Monaghan
  • Teofil Camarasu, Dundalk Grammar School, Louth

AIPO field trip to Fidelity Investments

AIPO Fidelity VisitThe All Ireland Programming Olympiad is in its final stages to find out who will represent Team Ireland in the International Olympiad in Kazakhstan. Fidelity Investments have been supporting this event for over four years and continue to invest on our young Irish programming talent.

The group had the opportunity to visit the Fidelity office in Dublin, where they got an insight and understanding of the agile process they employ in product development. They had the opportunity to meet some of the staff working in various roles within the technology organisation and to hear more about what their roles entail. A number of speakers are recent university graduates and seem to be really enjoying their career journey with Fidelity so far. Most have had the opportunity to travel for business meetings or training. Some of the places they have visited were Boston, Tokyo, Stockholm and one even had the chance to go to Disneyland Florida for a business trip!