The NZIC contest series, run by the New Zealand Olympiad in Informatics, will be held again in 2018. There will be 3 regular rounds held throughout the year. The difficulty ranges from entry-level problems to more challenging problems.

The contest is open to all students currently enrolled in a secondary school (or intermediate) in New Zealand (students from year 7-13). There will be a scoreboard for individuals, and one for schools. View past year’s scoreboards here.

Dates

The dates for the three rounds will be as follows:

  • Round One: Monday 2nd April - Sunday 8th April
  • Round Two: Monday 25th June - Sunday 1st July
  • Round Three: Monday 13th August - Sunday 19th August (tentative)

Students may log in and start the competition at any point between these dates. Once a student has begun the competition they have three hours to view the problems and submit solutions.

If you’re at a school with multiple students wanting to participate you might want to arrange to all sit it at the same time, either after school or during class time (with a teacher’s support).

What is Informatics?

In the context of this competition, informatics involves problem solving with computer programs. Problems of a mathematical nature are posed, and students will write a computer program to solve the problem. The competition tests the efficiency and correctness of the algorithms the students come up with. The use of a programming language is not the goal itself, but rather a method by which a solution is expressed.

What now?

To practice, sign up at https://train.nzoi.org.nz/ and look at past NZIC rounds. The contest is held on this train site, and the problems are of a similar format.

Before the first contest, you should read the rules. If you have questions about the contest, read the FAQ.

If you have any further questions, want to be added to the list for reminder emails, or just want to say hi, email us at nzic@nzoi.org.nz.