Krassimir Manev, President of the IOI and Professor at the Department of Informatics at the New Bulgarian University.
Mr. Manev – how have you found the preparations for IOI 2016?
Since 2012 Russia has done much to prepare for hosting a programming competition of such a scale. We were convinced that this event would be carefully looked after by the Russian government. The International Olympiad in Informatics is taking place at the Kazan University campus, and the warm welcome given by our hosts was a joy to behold.
What tasks await contestants this year?
These days the difficulty level for IOI tasks is unusually high – not just average students but even good students struggle to solve them. Which tasks will appear this year is known only to the members of the International Scientific Committee, which includes both some of our former Olympiad participants as well as members of the IOI national scientific committee from each year.
Can you predict who will win the Olympiad?
In IT, as in sport, it’s difficult to predict the winner. If we knew who was going to win, there’d be no point in holding the Olympiad.
Mr. Manev, what words do you have for the contestants?
We always hope for good questions and an interesting competition at the Olympiad. And to the contestants I impart the following:
Firstly, don’t worry. The many languages, the other countries and the new competition hall can all be overwhelming, but just try to keep calm and focus your attention on the task.
Secondly, when you first see the questions, don’t get hung up on the most difficult. You could spend a lot of time on it and not earn a single point. Far better to start with one where you’re guaranteed to get 10-20 points.
Good luck! And believe in your abilities!