2017 National Programming Olympiad @ DCU

AIPO 2017 - Senior WinnersAIPO 2017 Senior Winners - (L-R) 3rd - Oisín O'Duibhir, Scoil Mhuire Agus Íde, Limerick; 1st - John Ryan, St. Josephs College, Thules; 2nd - Kieran Horgan, Davis College Mallow

The cream of BT Young Scientists and CoderDojo took up the challenge of the National Programming Olympiad (AIPO) competition at DCU during the mid-term break (25/2/17). Sponsored by Fidelity Investments Ireland, 33 students from around Ireland flexed their coding muscles in one of the tough competitions in the country for second level students. After qualifying through an online preliminary round, the students had to code solutions for 8 algorithmic puzzles to be crowned 2017 National AIPO Champion.

2017 BT Young Scientist Technology category winner and budding Data Scientist John Ryan (17) from St. Joseph’s College, Borrisoleigh, Thurles clinched his first Senior title with a score of 425 from a possible maximum of 600. He was closely followed in 2nd place by his 2016 Team Ireland comrade, CoderDojo Mallow’s Kieran Horgan (16) with a score of 370 points. Newcomer Oisín O’Duibhir (16) took the bronze medal with a score of 360 points. The Junior top prize went to Suneet Mahajan (14) who was competing with our youngest competitor, his sister, Ayushi (11), both from Douglas, Cork.

All of the talented youngsters at the National Finals are self taught to the level of a 2nd year University student. This shows their passion and dedication to coding, technology and self-learning. A remarkable accolade!

AIPO 2017 National Finals @ DCUFull results were:


  • Gold - John Ryan - St. Joseph's College Tipperary
  • Silver - Kieran Horgan - Davis College Mallow
  • Bronze - Oisín O'Duibhir - Scoil Mhuire Agus Íde, Limerick



  • Gold - Suneet Mahajan - Douglas Community School, Cork
  • Silver - Oisín Davey - Summerhill College, Sligo
  • Bronze - Finbar Giusti - Sandford Park School, Dublin 6

Full Scoreboard below.

The top eight Senior students from the Finals now move into the Team Ireland selection phase. Over the next 6 weeks, they will participate in weekly online competitions that will gain them points towards qualifying to represent Ireland at the Olympics of high-school programming, the prestigious 29th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI 2017).

The team that will represent Ireland at the IOI will be the best four students from a AIPO-IOI Selection Camp held here in DCU at Easter.

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AIPO 2017 National Finals Scoreboard: