Numbers swell for AIPO National Finals

Saturday 17th February - With the lure of Japan as the host country for this year’s International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), students numbers for the AIPO Preliminary round and National Finals saw a significant jump of 33%. Forty secondary students from around Ireland qualified through the preliminary round to pit their coding skills against each other at DCU’s National Programming Olympiad. Once again, with the help of Fidelity Investments sponsorship, high-spec laptops, AIPO medals and the chance to represent Ireland in Japan where on offer making for a very competitive atmosphere amongst these young students.

AIPO2018 Senior WinnersStudents had to code solutions in Python/C++ or Java for 8 algorithmic puzzles in the five hour competition. Each solution is tested against a number of data sets of increasing size with points collected for each one it passes in the allowed run time. Therefore only students who write the most efficient algorithmic solution would receive full points for a problem. As budding data scientists or software developers, these self taught student are already ahead of their peers with the introduction of the computer science leaving cert in September and well on the way to an exciting career in IT.

Kieran Horgan (17yrs) from Davis College, Mallow, Co. Cork, clinched the AIPO Gold medal with an almost perfect score of 795 points out of a possible 800. Having finished in second place last year, Kieran has done a huge amount of competitive programming practice at home which paid off for him on the day. Walking away with a Dell XPS13 laptop and the National AIPO title, Kieran is aiming for a medal at the IOI in September. John Ryan (18yrs) from St. Josephs College, Thurles, finished second with 704 points and Oisin O’Duibhir (18yrs) from Scoil Mhuire Agus Íde, Newcastle West, Limerick came in 3rd with 669 points.

AIPO2018 FinalsIt is in itself a big achievement to reach the National Finals with 6 tough coding problems in the Preliminary online round so all students who got through should be very proud of themselves. Out of the 40 Finalists, we had 7 Junior competitors who were under 15yrs old battling for points and the Junior AIPO medals. Franciszek Lajszczak (14yrs) from St. Mary's Diocesan School, Drogheda came out on top winning the Junior Gold Medal and a very nice netbook, two days short of his 15th Birthday. First time AIPO Finalist, 11yr old Benjamin Murray from St. Mary's BNS, Haddington Rd, Dublin, done fantastic to get the Junior Silver Medal and Victor Panayotov (14yrs) picked up the Bronze medal after a close finish between himself and Benjamin.

AIPO2018 Junior WinnersThe top eight Senior students from the Finals are now invited to the last stage of AIPO 2018 where the Irish team is selection for the prestigious 30th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI 2018) in Japan. This will happen over the course of a weekend in March where the students will again participate in a series of competitions to decide the top four students.

AIPO 2018 National Finals Scoreboard:


AIPO 2018 Finals Scoreboard