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Donal Og Cusack

Automation/Energy Engineer

Sustainable Energy Authority

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Some of the best people I know still aren’t sure what they want to do, my advice would be to give it a go. If you don’t like it you can always try something else. Whatever is in your heart follow it, don’t be something just because someone in your family is. Whether you’re looking to be a leader, a designer or come up with new ideas and a better way of doing things, make sure it’s something that fills you with passion.
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Final Call for 2017 All Ireland Programming Olympiad

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Final Call for 2017 All Ireland Programming Olympiad


Thursday, February 16, 2017 




Final Call for  2017 All Ireland Programming Olympiad

Challenge yourself with the All-Ireland Programming Olympiad!

AIPO, the Annual All Ireland Programming Olympiad is held at Dublin City University (DCU). The competition is open to all second-level students in Ireland who are under 20 on the 1st of July. The contest is run as part of the Science Olympiads at DCU.

High Spec laptops are up for grabs for Junior (<15yrs) and Senior programmers (>=15yrs) at the National Finals on Saturday 25th February.

Top Seniors will be invited to a special 3-day training camp in DCU to prepare them to represent Ireland at the prestigious International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Summer 2017.

  • Code for fun?
  • Good at Maths?
  • Challenge yourself with the All-Ireland Programming Olympiad!

LAST chance to enter ... 

The goals of the Programming Olympiad competition are:

  • To encourage and reward young programmers, (both male and female).
  • To promote contacts among programmers in Ireland.
  • To select a team for the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI).

Check out the entry problems here 

The first round is done online. Computer programming tasks are published on the website and solutions are submitted through the site. After the deadline, contestants are informed by email if they have qualified for the final round.

The final round takes place in the School of Computing, DCU on a Satuday in February. Finalists will be assigned to individual computers and given 5 hours to solve a selection of programming tasks. Bronze, Silver and Gold medals will be awarded to the best programmers.

The top eight students from the Finals will be invited to attend a 3 day IOI training camp here in DCU (accommodation provided) during the month of June. From these eight students the top four students will that will travel on an all-expenses-paid trip to the international contest to compete against countries from all over the world.

Previous contests have taken place in the USA, Poland, China, Croatia and Mexico. Although countries are represented by teams of (at most) four people, it is an individual contest and medals are awarded on that basis.

Closing date: Thursday 23rd February

For full details on the competition and application click here

The CareersPortal Team