We are pleased to announce the schedule for the 2014 AIPO competition. The Preliminary online round will be available from Monday the 6th January 2014 until midnight on Tuesday 18th February 2014. Successful competitors from the preliminary round will be invited along to the National Finals, here in DCU on Saturday 22nd February.
As this will be the 20th Anniversary of the competition in DCU, we are planning to send a full Irish team to the IOI Finals in Taipei, Taiwan in July. This will mean that we will invite the top 8 students from the National Finals along to a AIPO-IOI Training Camp here in DCU where the best 4 students will be selected to represent Ireland in Taiwan. So in summary:
- Preliminary Round (online): 6th January 2014 - 18th February 2014
- National Finals: 22nd February @ DCU
- Training Camp Dates (TBC)
- IOI Taiwan: 13-20th July 2014
I was lucky enough again this year to be selected to represent Ireland at the International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI) 2013. This year the competition was being hosted by Australia, in Brisbane, Queensland.
Our team of three, myself, Maciej Goszczycki and Charlie Daly (our team leader) set off from Terminal 2 of Dublin Airport on the 2nd of July. What followed was roughly 30 hours of flights and airports. First to Heathrow, then to Dubai and finally to Brisbane. Needless to say, we were exhausted on arrival. I honestly didn't know what day it was by the end.
We spent a few days in Brisbane city centre getting over our jet lag. Then we were picked up on Sunday morning by an IOI bus, to take us to Univesity of Queensland, where the competition was being hosted this year. We got off at St. John's College to regisiter, where we met with our guide, Gayathri, and got allocated our accommodation. Charlie was staying with the other leaders at St. Leo's College, while Maciej and I were staying at Cromwell's College (ahem).
Team Ireland came close to grabbing a bronze medal at the 2013 International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) competition this year, held at the beautiful University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
Richard Tynan (IOI2012 Team Ireland) returned the IOI determined to score as many points as possible in this year's set of informatics problems. School-going contestants from 81 countries around the world had to solve 6 tasks over 2 days with each task scoring a maximum of 100 points for a perfecty optismised solution.
Richard had a good second day at the competition scoring 132 points from the three problems, almost as much as the great Johnny Ho (IOI2012 1st place) did on the second day with his 164 points.