2013 All Ireland Programming Olympiad (AIPO) Launch

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The School of Computing, DCU is pleased to announce the launch of this year's All Ireland Programming Olympiad (AIPO).

The All-Ireland Programming Olympiad is the premier national programming competition for second-level students in Ireland and the competition has been running at DCU as part of the Science Olympiads since 1994. The winners of the national competition go on to compete at the highly respected International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) which is one of the most recognized computer science competitions in the world. The competition tasks are of algorithmic nature; however, the contestants have to show advanced IT skills such as problem analysis, design of algorithms and data structures, programming and testing. The winners of the IOI belong to the best young computer scientists in the world.

The national competition consists of two rounds with the first round done online and the final round held in the School of Computing, DCU with the problems are graded from being relatively easy in the first round, to more difficult programming challenges on competition day.

The first round entry programming problems for AIPO 2013 are now available at:

http://aipo.computing.dcu.ie/programming-problems

Solutions are to be submitted through the AIPO website after registering an account and will be accepted up until February 16th 2013.

Languages that are permitted are: C, C++, Java, Python and Perl.

The AIPO Final Round competition will take place in DCU on the 23rd Febuary 2013 and have a Junior and Senior section with prizes for the top three in each. Students who are under 15 years old on the date of the Final Round will be entered into the Junior section of the competition and the rest of the students will compete in the Senior section. Each section will complete a different set of problems.

New to AIPO this year will be the IOI training camp to be held on DCU campus in June (date TBC). The top six students from the senior competition will be invited to this training.

This will be a week long full time problem solving camp with previous IOI medal winners, Irish Collegiate Programming Contest winners and DCU School of Computing academics assisting Team Ireland in preparation for the International Olympiad in Informatics in Brisbane, Australia (6-13 July 2013). Team Ireland will be selected from those six students at the end of the training camp by a select committee. Up to four students can be selected to travel to the IOI but the exact number will depend on the funding secured.

Fidelity LogoWe would like to thank Fidelity Investments and DCU for their continued generous sponsorship of this event.

AIPO Committee