The NZIC online programming contest series, run by the New Zealand Olympiad in Informatics, is continuing in 2020! There will be 3 rounds. In each round, students choose a time during the week of that round to solve a selection of programming problems. The difficulty ranges from entry-level implementation problems to more challenging algorithmic problems. You can find examples on our training website.

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. You can view the results and solutions for previous rounds here. Past problems are avaliable for practice on our training website.

Registration

The first two rounds of NZIC 2020 are over, but registration is still open for the last round! If you have successfully registered for a previous round, you do not need to resubmit the registration form.

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. A big part of informatics is breaking down and understanding the problem itself.

Dates

  • Round One: Monday 17th Feb - Sunday 23rd Feb
  • Round Two: Monday 13th April - Sunday 19th April
  • Round Three: Monday 6th July - Sunday 12th July (First week of Term 2 break)

Overview

Log in to our training site and start the competition at any point between the above dates. Once a student has begun the competition they typically have 3 hours to view the problems and submit solutions. During their 3 hours, students are not permitted to access any websites (other than train.nzoi.org.nz) or collaborate with any others. This is an individual contest. You are, however, permitted to consult the documentation for your chosen programming language during the contest - remembering syntax can be hard. For details, please view the offical rules.

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).

See these pages for more info:

What now?

We recommend some practice first. Sign up at https://train.nzoi.org.nz/ and have a go at some past NZIC rounds. The contest is held on this training site and problems will be of a similar format. You will also save reading time during the contest.

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.