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
The 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!
The final stage of the 2015 AIPO competition kicks off in DCU today. This is where Team Ireland is selected to attain the prestigious IOI competition in Kazakhstan in July.
The best eight senior students from the AIPO finals where invited to the this three day training boot camp where the students stay in campus residence and attend training in the School of Computing.
But it isn't all hard core programming. They visit our sponsor, Fidelity Investments software development office on the Thursday night to hear about the variety of software careers available with them. And Friday night is the Arduino Robot challenge.
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And the serious stuff happens here each afternoon from 2pm-5pm: