The 27th IOI was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from July 26 to August 2. The New Zealand team for 2015, consisted of Jonathan Khoo (Mount Roskill Grammar), Christopher Brown (Christ's College), Byung Hoon Cho (Auckland Grammar) and Philip Anderson (King's High School).
While spectators may have been worried when Christopher was still at only 20 points 2.5 hours into the first day, he pulled through in the end. After two days of competition, each 5 hours long with 3 problems worth 100 points, Jonathan Khoo and Christopher Brown both won bronze medals, scoring 256.42 and 238.42 respectively. Out of 322 official contestants from over 80 countries, Jonathan placed 120th, and Christopher placed 134th. This is an excellent result, particularly since this is Jonathan's first year competing in the IOI. Byung Hoon Cho scored 145.46 placing 190th, and Philip Anderson scored 118, placing 218th.
Apart from the competition days, we had two excursions, attending the Kazakh State Circus, and acquainting ourselves with the local Kazakh customs and traditions.
The next IOI will be held in Kazan, Russia. As Jonathan and Christopher are both still only year 12, we are looking forward to seeing how well they can do next year.
The 2014 IOI was held in Taipei, Taiwan from July 13 to July 20. The New Zealand team consisted of Alan Ansell (Auckland University), Christopher Brown (Christs College), Byung Hoon Cho (Auckland Grammar) and Tate Kennington (James Hargest). They were accompanied by Ronald Chan (leader) and Margot Phillipps (deputy leader). The team gathered in Auckland for extra training on July 6 and left for Taiwan on the 11th.
There were 2 competition days, July 15 and 17, where 3 problems are presented with 5 hours to solve them. Sub tasks can be attempted in any problem for partial marks. Alan kept us in suspense on the first day, solving one problem for 100 marks with 7 minutes to spare. This put him right on the bronze boundary. The second day he gained a further 127 marks which was sufficient to earn him a bronze medal, placed 149th.
The other students were relatively young but have been motivated by their experience to try for a medal in future years. There were 311 contestants and Christopher placed 197 with a combined total of 155, Byung Hoon placed 223rd with 106 and Tate was 269th with 63.
We had trips to the zoo, to Lihpaoland Amusement park (an aquatic theme park) , to the National center for Traditional Arts and an unofficial trip to a 6 story plaza of electronics stores
The team arrived back rather tired and a day late for school on Tuesday 22 July!
Every year before the team leaves to go to camp. The team gets together for some last minute training. We also start to try adopting to the foreign timezone so there's less catching up to do over there.
Congratulations to the New Zealand IOI team for 2014 - Alan Ansell, Christopher Brown , Byung-Hoon Cho and Tate Kennington. With Byung-Cheol Cho as the reserve. There were some hard decisions that had to be made and we hope see see everyone back next year trialling for the team. Keep training ;) A big thanks goes out to all those who help with training our students and the parents who keep helping our students get to camp.
With over 25 students coming from all over New Zealand, and a grueling 12 hours spent in the Auckland airport waiting for flights, the summer camp has come to a close.
We had students from every walk of life, some competing at the IOI level, for a spot on the team, and others learning C++ as their first or second language
We really want to thank AUT and Grafton Hall, for without them, our camp would not be possible. We also have to thank our generous lecturers and tutors, who give up their time to help educate!
See you all next year!
We are well in the midst of preparations for NZOI Summer Training Camp, and looking out for students to attend!
Secondary school students from all over New Zealand will soon be converging on Auckland, for the annual training and team selection camp. Students live at the prestigious Grafton Hall, and study at the magnificent AUT, and we thank our very generous hosts for the facilities they provide!
The IOI2014 will be hosted by and held in Taipei, Taiwan!