Where there’s a will, there’s a way!! The AIPO goes ahead.
On Saturday March 14, 2020, Dr Sabin Tabirca, School of Computer Science & Information Technology, UCC and his team ran the #AIPO national final competition online. The competition was supposed to be held in the Western Gateway Building, UCC but due to the challenges posed by COVID-19, the decision was taken to run it online.
Thirty national finalists shortlisted from more than 100 post-primary school students. The competition was fierce, and all the competitors performed brilliantly.
The winner of the 2020 AIPO competition was Oisin Davey from the Summerhill College Sligo. This is Oisin’s second successful year, he was part of the 2019 Irish International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) team and took part in the finals in Azerbaijan last July.
Peter Stelmaszek won the junior category and was placed 5th overall. The committee was particularly impressed by the performances of the junior category this year and look forward to seeing them in next year’s competition.
The top 7 students will attend training sessions in UCC to prepare for the IOI. Resulting from these sessions, four will be selected to represent Ireland in the IOI 2020 in Singapore in July.
The AIPO team was made up of:
Prof. Cormac Sreenan - Chairperson
Dr Sabin Tabirca - Coordinator
Andrea Visentin - Team Leader
Colm Hickey - Tech Support
Dr Milan De Cauwer - Trainer & problem set developer
Dr Bastien Pietropaoli - Trainer & problem set developer
Dr Guillaume Escamocher - Problem set developer
Dr Eduardo Vyhmeister - Problem set developer
Andrew Nash - Problem set developer