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Aussie teens score three medals at informatics Olympiad


Four Australian programming whizzes stepped up to the challenge at this year’s International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) and scooped up three medals. In a wild finish to the two-day competition and under a live scoreboard, Jerry Mao, Angus Ritossa and Albert Smith all achieved high silvers, narrowly missing the gold medal cut-off. They competed against 335 students from 87 countries who attended the 30th annual IOI in Tsukuba, Japan, this week.

Jerry Mao, a year 12 student from Caulfield Grammar in Melbourne’s Wheelers Hill, added the silver to his collection. He has represented Australia outstandingly in the last four IOIs and medalled every year. The IOI contest is held over two days. On each day students attempt to program solutions to three problems over four and a half hours.

This marks the eighth consecutive year the Australian team has received three or more medals.  The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) supports the team.

‘Congratulations to the entire team on another very strong result at the IOI,’ said Australian Mathematics Trust CEO, Nathan Ford.  ‘Informatics is such a critical subject for young Australians to engage with and our result this year is a testament to the hard work of our team.’

The AMT offers opportunities to enrich primary and secondary students’ problem solving in mathematics and algorithmics. The AMT has been sending an Australian team to the IOI since 1992.  The team of four is selected from an annual program of competitions, training schools and mentoring with final selection taking place in April.

The AMT’s IOI program receives grant funding from the Australian Government through the National Innovation and Science Agenda.  It is also supported by the Trust’s corporate sponsor, Optiver.

2018 International Olympiad in Informatics, Australian team results


Team member School Medal
Jerry Mao Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill Campus VIC Silver
Angus Ritossa St Peter’s College SA Silver
Albert Smith Christ Church Grammar School WA Silver
Jacob Smith All Saints’ College WA  



MEDIA RELEASE – Australia brings home gold from International Olympiad in Informatics


Australian team member finishes in top 10 worldwide

2017 IOI team: Prof. Benjamin Burton, Team Leader Robert Newey, Jerry Mao, Charles Jameson, Richard Gong, Angus Ritossa, Deputy Team Leader Joshua Lau

Australia’s team performed strongly to win two gold and one silver medal at the 2017 International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Tehran, Iran.

Seventeen-year old Richard Gong finished in 10th place overall: a major achievement. Competing at the IOI for the second time, Richard added gold to his 2016 silver medal. Jerry Mao, selected for his third IOI, scored a gold medal to go with his silver (2016) and bronze (2015) medals. First-timer Charles Jameson also received a silver medal.

Nathan Ford, from the Australian Mathematics Trust, said, ‘Our 2017 results continue our strong performance on the international informatics stage.  Our excellent results demonstrate not only the hard work and abilities of our team members, but the excellence in problem solving training and support we provide these talented students with.’

This year 308 students from 83 countries from around the world participated in the IOI. A team of up to four contestants represented each participating country. The Olympiad included two days of competition tasks as well as time for practice, socialising and some sightseeing around Tehran. The Japanese team were the most successful this year, with three of the four Japanese competitors earning a gold medal.

The International Olympiad in Informatics is one of five international science Olympiads. Its primary goal is to stimulate interest in informatics (computing science) and information technology.

The Australian team (Richard Gong, Charles Jameson, Jerry Mao and Angus Ritossa) spent a year in exams and intensive training to make the cut. They succeeded amongst more than 5,000 other students in extension programs and qualifying exams. From that initial cohort, some thirty attended two training schools before the final selection of the team.

The selection process for the team to represent Australia at the 2018 International Olympiad in Informatics is already underway. Students from across the country are now preparing to sit one of the qualifying competitions, the Australian Informatics Olympiad, held on 31 August.

Detailed results of the competition are located at IOI 2017. The 30th IOI will take place in Japan next year.

The Australian Government through the National Innovation and Science Agenda supports the Olympiad programs, with additional sponsorship from Optiver.



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Australian Olympians ready to take on the world in mathematics and informatics

IMO and IOI teams

Ten of Australia’s best students have made the teams to represent Australia at the International Mathematical Olympiad and International Olympiad in Informatics, taking place in July and August.

James Bang (Year 10, Baulkham Hills High School), Matthew Cheah (Year 12, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School), Linus Cooper (Year 11, James Ruse Agricultural High School), William Hu (Year 11, Christ Church Grammar School), Hadyn Tang (Year 8, Trinity Grammar School) and Guowen Zhang (Year 11, St Joseph’s College) were named as the members of the 2017 team for the International Mathematical Olympiad, and will be heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from the 12th to the 23rd of July. Richard Gong (Year 12, Sydney Grammar School), Charles Jameson (Year 12, Sydney Grammar School), Jerry Mao (Year 11, Caulfield Grammar School) and Angus Ritossa (Year 10, St Peter’s College) make up the team heading to the International Olympiad in Informatics and will be heading to Tehran, Iran, from the 28th of July to the 4th of August.

The Olympians received their Australian team blazers before the Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, at an official team announcement ceremony at Parliament House, Canberra, on Monday 19 June.

This year’s youngest Olympian, Hadyn Tang said: ‘I am looking forward to being able to challenge myself at the IMO [International Mathematics Olympiad], and to have the opportunity to explore more areas of mathematics and meet other mathematical peers.’

These students have spent a year in exams and intensive training to make the cut. They came from a pool of more than 25,000 students through extension programs and qualifying exams.  After making a shortlist of 150, they attended intensive training schools for ultimate selection to the teams.

The Olympiad programs are funded through the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, with additional sponsorship from Optiver.

International Olympiad in Informatics 

28 July – 4 August, Tehran, Iran         

Richard Gong Year 12 Sydney Grammar School NSW
Charles Jameson Year 12 Sydney Grammar School NSW
Jerry Mao Year 11 Caulfield Grammar School VIC
Angus Ritossa Year 10 St Peter’s College SA
International Mathematical Olympiad 

12–23 July, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

James Bang Year 10 Baulkham Hills High School NSW
Matthew Cheah Year 12 Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School VIC
Linus Cooper Year 11 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
William Hu Year 11 Christ Church Grammar School WA
Hadyn Tang Year 8 Trinity Grammar School VIC
Guowen Zhang Year 11 St Joseph’s College QLD

Australian Olympians to be supported by government funding

The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) has welcomed the announcement from the Honourable Greg Hunt, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, that the government will continue to support our most talented Australian students to take part in the international Mathematics and Informatics Olympiads. The Australian Mathematics Trust will deliver this programme on behalf of the government.

The IMO and IOI are part of the UNESCO-sanctioned International Science and Mathematics Olympiads, annual worldwide competitions for exceptionally talented secondary school students from more than 100 countries. They are the premier international competitions for students of pre-university level and represent the pinnacle of high school achievement in each discipline.

Australian students regularly excel at these Olympiads: in 2016, teams returned from the International Mathematical Olympiad with two silver and four bronze medals and with three silver and one bronze medals from the International Olympiad in Informatics.

Adjunct Professor Mike Clapper, Executive Director of the AMT said, ‘At the top level, in the highly competitive International Olympiads, Australia performs consistently well. At a time when maths education in particular is a concern in Australia, the outstanding achievements of these students are inspirational. The students who attend these Olympiads are indicative of the enormous talent and capabilities of our young people.’

Announcements were also made to increase funding to Australian Science Innovations  for the Australian Science Olympiads and Asian Physics Olympiad, and the National Youth Science Forum.

The AMT is under the trusteeship of the University of Canberra.