Australia’s best ever IOI results, perfect score by Ishraq Huda

Student gains perfect score, first place in the world, and our IOI team brings home two gold medals.

Australia’s four-member secondary school student team achieved our best ever result at the 2014 IOI. Sixteen-year old Olympian Ishraq Huda was one of only three in the world to attain a perfect score, giving Australia its first IOI perfect score and best individual ranking result.

Ishraq shared first place with students from China and the United States. Ishraq won a bronze medal in 2013 on his first attempt.

Ishraq Huda (centre), Gold medalist with perfect score at 2014 IOI

Informatics Olympian Ishraq Huda (centre) sharing the stage with the other students who achieved perfect scores at the 2014 International Olympiad in Informatics

First-time team member, Oliver Fisher, solved 5 out of 6 questions perfectly and also won gold. Oliver came in 5th, which made Australia the only country in the world to have two students in the top five.

Competing against more than 311 contestants from over 82 countries, the 2014 Australian team is bringing home two gold and two silver medals, compared to three silver and one bronze last year. Other countries represented in the top ten include China, the United States, the Russian Federation and Bulgaria. This is Australia’s highest ranking since joining the competition in 1999.


2014 Team Results

The Australian IOI team members and their results are:

Ishraq Huda
Year 11
James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW
Score: 600 / 600 – Gold
Oliver Fisher
Year 12
Normanhurst Boys High School, NSW
Score: 530 / 600 – Gold
Michael Chen
Year 11
Scotch College, VIC
Score: 435 / 600 – Silver
Ray Li
Year 12
James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW
Score: 348 / 600 – Silver

The cut-off score for a gold medal was 449 and for silver was 323 marks.

2014 IOI Australian Olympians

L to R: Associate Professor Ben Burton (Australian representative, IOI Scientific Committee), Jarrah Lacko, Team Leader, Michael Chen, Ishraq Huda, Taiwanese team guide, Oliver Fisher, Ray Li and Robert Newey, Deputy Team Leader.

Informatics is the science of computer programming and information processing, requiring mathematical skill and creative problem-solving. The first stage in selection for the Australian IOI team is the Australian Informatics Olympiad (AIO), a 3-hour annual computer programming competition held in high schools. The next AIO will be on Thursday 4 September and is open to all high school students who can program.

The Australian Mathematics Trust offers students the opportunity to explore whether they have an aptitude for programming through the Australian Informatics Competition (AIC), which is a non-programming competition designed to promote logical and algorithmic thinking. In 2015, the AIC will be available online and there will be a new division for Upper Primary students (Years 5 and 6).