AIPO 2016 Schedule Released!

IOI 2016 LogoHi Everyone,

We are pleased to announce the roadmap for next year's AIPO competition and on to the 2016 IOI in Kazan, Russia.

Some changes will take place in the 2016 competition. Firstly, separate problems for Juniors and Seniors at the National Finals will be merged with competitors allowed to solve any of the problems. However correct solutions to easier problems will not collect as many points as solutions to the harder problems. Prizegiving will still be split between Juniors (<15yrs) and Seniors (>=15yrs) with medals and prizes for the best placed in each.

Again the top 8 senior students will be invited to AIPO-IOI training camp at DCU in late June after the LC. Here the 4 members of the Irish team who will travel to IOI will be selected.

The Irish team will brought back into DCU for more training just before we depart to the IOI to sharpen their problem solving skills and get them into the correct frame of mind for the challenges of the IOI.

In 2016 for the first time, the Irish delegation will depart early for Russia so that the team can enjoy the cultural highlights of Moscow, get to know each other and other early arrival teams before they plunge into the intense IOI week in Kazan.

Here is the full schedule:

  • Jan 4th: Release of Preliminary Round Problems (Online)
  • Feb 20th: AIPO National Finals @ DCU
  • Feb > Jun: Online training of Training Camp Team
  • Jun 23-25th: 1st AIPO-IOI Training Camp @ DCU (8 Students - Team Ireland Selection)
  • Aug 6-8th: 2nd AIPO-IOI Training Camp @ DCU (4 Students - Team Ireland) ** NEW **
  • Aug 9-11th: Early departure for IOI - Cultural tour of Moscow. ** NEW **
  • Aug 12th-19th: IOI 2016 @ Kazan, Russia.

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