Our IOI Olympians

The Australian team to compete at the 2015 International Olympiad in Informatics in Almaty, Kazakhstan, 26 July -2 August was announced at a function at Parliament House in Canberra on June 15. The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education and Training, made the announcement and also announced the teams to compete at the mathematics and science Olympiads. The Master of Ceremonies was Adam Spencer and he brought to the event his characteristic humour and warmth. The guest speaker was Professor Cheryl Praeger AM FAA, Australia’s most decorated female mathematician.

The Australian IOI team:

Michael Chen
Scotch College, VIC
Michael was originally fascinated by the simplicity of basic programming but also the complex possibilities it presented. Michael’s interests include speed solving Rubik’s cubes, shuffling cards and listening to music.

Ishraq Huda
James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW
Ishraq’s interest in informatics was sparked by fellow school student, Joshua Lau. In 2014 Ishraq gained a perfect score at the International Olympiad in Informatics, sharing first place at this event. In the future, Ishraq hopes to continue studying computer science at university. One of Ishraq’s interests outside of informatics is solving a Rubik’s cube.

Declan McDonnell
Normanhurst Boys High School, NSW
Declan developed an early interest in computer games and learnt how to program computers with the intent to make his own computer. His main interests include playing board games with friends, listening to a wide variety of music and juggling.

Jerry Mao
Caulfield Grammar School, VIC
Jerry was introduced to MicroWorlds during year 1 by his school and this led him to pursue an interest in programming, with his first national competition in year 4. The competitive spirit of computer programming competitions at an international level further inspired him. He also enjoys swimming, table tennis, snooker, violin and percussion.

Results of the team can be found here.

Former IOI Olympians can be found here.