Today, 5 August, the Tatar-inform information agency hosted a press conference devoted to the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI 2016).
Present were advisor to the rector of KFU on pre-university, general and pedagogical education Lyudmila Nugumanova, First Deputy of the Ministry of Education of Science RT Andrei Pominov and acting director of the state unitary enterprise “Centre of Information Technologies RT” Tatyana Kamaletdinova.
“The International Olympiad in Informatics has been held under the auspices of UNESCO since 1989 and is one of the most prestigious student competitions,” says Lyudmila Nugumanova. “This will be the 28th time it has taken place, although Russia is hosting the event for the first time.”
324 participants from 88 countries are registered to participate in Kazan – the most countries ever to have competed in an Olympiad in Informatics. For comparison, the first International Olympiad in Informatics in Bulgaria in 1989 was contested by 13 countries, while 83 headed to Kazakhstan for the 27th Olympiad in 2015.
“The competition will take place over 2 rounds, where participants will solve algorithmic problems (…) Half of the participants at the Olympiad will receive medals, with 8% receiving golds,” explains Andrei Pominov of the competition’s format.
It’s worth mentioning that participants are not just fighting for medals, but for their own time in the sun: the doors of the best universities from around the world are ready to burst wide open.
“Participation at this Olympiad is very a prestigious opportunity with a lot of potential – even at the competition there’s a degree of head-hunting going on. Representatives from world-renowned universities and some of the largest corporations will be watching the participants keenly, looking for prospective students or future employees,” says Andrei Pomimov.
The students representing Russia this year have every chance of victory. Our country will have 2 teams at the competition, one of them including KFU Lobachevski IT-Lyceum student Askhat Sakhabiev.
A broad cultural programme has also drawn up for IOI participants: they will have the chance to go on sightseeing tours of Kazan, take a trip to Innopolis, and of course, visit the island-town of Sviyazhsk. Excursions are also planned to Kazan University’s various museums, as well as to the Engelhardt Astronomical Observatory. The Olympiad opening and closing ceremonies also promise to be a real spectacle.
“The main event at the closing ceremony will the handing over of the IOI flag. It was presented to us at the last Olympiad in Kazakhstan, and has been on exhibit all year at the Kazan University History Museum,” says Lyudmila Nugumanova.
This time the torch will pass to Iran, as Tehran will hold the competition in 2017.