Team Ireland depart for the 29th International Olympiad in Informatics

AIPO-IOI Team Ireland 2017 DepartingTeam Ireland departed today from Dublin airport to take part in the prestigious 29th International Olympiad in Informatics in Tehran, Iran. The event attracts the best young programmers from around the world to compete in one of the toughest algorithmic programming contests in the world. Over 300 secondary level students from more than 80 countries will descend on the capital of Persia for a week of intense coding challenges and cultural experiences.

The Irish team was selected after multiple rounds of the national Olympiad, the All-Ireland Programming Olympiad (AIPO). The team comprises of four young men from around the country:

  • John Ryan (18yr - St. Joseph’s College, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Tipperary)
  • Kieran Horgan (17yr - Davis College, Mallow, Co. Cork)
  • Aidan Molloy (17yr - Bruce College, Montenotte, Cork)
  • Oisin O’Duibhir (17yr - Scoil Mhuire Agus Íde, Newcastle West, Limerick)

These young men have been honing their programmatic skills since qualifying for the Irish Team at Easter and are ready to take on the IOI challenge. The IOI contest will be held over two days, Sunday 30th July and Tuesday 1st August, when they will have to solve three algorithmic problems over five hours with points awarded for how quickly their coded solution runs against large data inputs. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are only give out to the top students.

Delegation Leader Gary Conway from DCU says ‘To reach an IOI for tremendous achievement for these young men and something that will always stand out on their CV. The skills required to reach an IOI is exactly the type of engineering skills so sought after in the software industry today: computational thinking and generation of quality code under pressure. So no matter what happens in Iran, they will have a bright future ahead of them!’

Over the course of the week the students will also get to experience some cultural highlights of Iran with visits to the former Shah's palace and the National Museum. Young volunteers from local schools in Tehran will be there country guides for the week.

You can follow Team Ireland's adventure in Tehran on the AIPO Facebook page and Twitter account: