On 29th September, members of the Russian Organisational Committee for the International Olympiad of Informatics (IOI) 2016 met to discuss plans for preparation and work to be undertaken over the coming year. Kazan Federal University (KFU) has been chosen as the centre of responsibilities, and today further served to highlight the importance of the location to everyone present.
Representatives from both regional and federal authorities participated in the meeting, including Pavel Sergomanov, Deputy Director of the Department of State Policy in the Field of General Education of the Ministry of Education and Science RF, Roman Shaikhutdinov, Minister for Information and Communication of the Republic of Tatarstan, and Timirkhan Alishev, Deputy Minister of Education and Science RF.
Over the course of the meeting Mr. Sergomanov emphasised that the competition should be organised in the same location as it will take place: “KFU will be at the centre of all this. Also important is to stay on schedule and keep a tight handle on all stages of execution for the Olympiad. Everything needs to be agreed in advance – especially where sponsors are involved.”
Much of the success will depend on support from the sponsors. Costs of the Olympiad are being split 50:50 between federal and regional levels.
During the competition, emphasis will be placed on showing the region in the best possible light to the participants. “We need to display all the key advantages of the Republic of Tatarstan,” says Ilshat Gafurov. “Bearing in mind the interests of the participants, it is imperative we demonstrate the special economic zone at Innopolis and IT-park.” Such attention to detail is no accident. The point of the exercise is to showcase Russia as a country of great scientific achievements and academic potential. The next generation of researchers, programmers and engineers need to be fed this idea from school level.
Roman Shaikhutdinov agrees. “One day these children will go on to choose a place to study, and then a place to work. We should show them what opportunities Tatarstan has to offer.”
At the moment it is impossible to say for sure how many will come to Kazan to for the Olympiad. Judging by the success of previous years, somewhere in the region of 80 countries will send representatives. Students compete in teams of four, and trainers, facilitators, media representatives and several hundred guests will also be present.
Both KFU and the city of Kazan as a whole have experience of holding large-scale international competitions.