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
|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|