Training

New Zealand's 2024 EGOI Team

The selection process has concluded and Julia Escoto (Macleans College), Juno Rainey (Papanui High School), Hannah Withers (St Andrew’s College) and Ellie Zhou (St Andrew’s College) have been selected to represent New Zealand at the 2024 European Girls’ Olympiad in Informatics (EGOI) in Veldhoven, The Netherlands.

Margot Phillips, Phoebe Zhang and Jasmine Liu will be accompanying them as team leader, deputy leader and guest respectively.

The EGOI was first held online in 2021 and in person in 2022 with the goal of providing a platform for young women and non-binary people to enjoy and deepen their interest in computer science. After having participated in every EGOI, this will be the first year where New Zealand attends in person!

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The 2024 IOI Team

Later this year, Victor Coen (Mount Albert Grammar School), GuanHan Li (Murrays Bay Intermediate School), Jesse Zhang (Macleans College), and Peter (Xiaotian) Zhou (Auckland Grammar School) will be representing New Zealand at the International Olympiad in Informatics. The reserve is Vedang Patil (Newlands College).

The IOI will be held in Alexandria, Egypt from the 1st to the 8th of September. The team will be led by Nicholas Grace and Bruce Chen. Suzanne Scott will be accompanying them as manager.

The team has already started training. Last week they virtually attended the Australian Informatics April Camp run by AMT.

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NZOI January Camp 2024

The NZOI January Camp for 2024 has just ended and all the students have made their way back from camp!

This year we continued the smaller camp format as it had worked really well last year. In total, 28 students attended - flying in from all around New Zealand. Twenty two students were in the Algorithms and Experienced groups and six girls from the PC4G program were in the Intro to C++ group.

Phoebe and Jasmine tutored the Intro to C++ group throughout the week. The camp teaches C++ as it is now the only language available at the IOI (since Java was removed in 2021!). During that time, the Algorithms group received lectures from UC lecturers Prof. Tim Bell (now a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit), Dr. Richard Lobb and Dr Neil Leslie as well as some of the past camp attendees who came back as tutors. A wide range of topics was covered - from graph theory to segment trees. The Experienced group explored more advanced topics and tasks such as centroid decomposition and the infamous “Dwarfs” problem. They were taught by Dr. Rajko Nenadov from the University of Auckland as well as the tutors.

Outside of the lab, the students went on an excursion to the McDuffs Scottish Mini Golf, participated in a quiz night organized by Joseph, had a Codebreaker contest and took part in an Estimathon organised by our sponsor Jane Street.

As part of our selection process, the students sat two contests during camp. These contests were three and four hours long respectively and were set by the tutors. These contest results, as well as results from the upcoming AIIO and FARIO contests will be used in the selection of the New Zealand team for IOI 2024 in Alexandria, Egypt. After the second contest the students took part in a fun activity where they were tasked with writing a C++ program that could best play the game “Snake”.

Overall, this camp went really well. A special thanks goes to everyone who made it possible - the students, the parents, the lecturers, the other tutors (Jasmine, Phoebe, Jonathon, Iván, Zalan, Nicholas, Joseph, Janindu, and Rajko) and especially to Margot and Suzanne who organised and ran the camp.

Anatol

Camp Photo


If you’re a student who didn’t go to camp, but who thinks this sounds fun, then participate in NZIC! It’s a free online competition, run throughout the year, with some problems approachable to newcomers and some hard ones to work towards. NZIC participants will be contacted towards the end of the year about selection for January Camp 2025.

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IOI 2023: Outstanding Results

The 2023 New Zealand team kept scoreboard watchers entertained for 5 hours on the second competition night, as they took turns getting marks that pushed them into bronze medal contention, and then falling back as they were leap frogged by other contestants. It was the most exciting and nail-biting viewing since NZ first competed (back in 2006!). There were 21 places between our entire team (out of over 350 contestants), with Anatol, GuanHan and Phoebe gaining bronze medals and Jonathon gaining an Honorable Mention. In an IOI an HM means a score that would have got a medal of one of the two days. We are enormously proud of the entire team.

Team photo with medals Team photo with IOI President

Bottom photo from left: Deputy Team Leader Zalan Varga, Jonathon Sun, IOI President Ben Burton, GuanHan Li, Phoebe Yufei Zhang, and Anatol Coen. (Absent: Team Leader Suzanne Scott)

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IOI 2023: Ópusztaszer

Can you tell what they are spelling?

Excursion to Ópusztaszer

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IOI 2023: Arrival in Szeged

Attending in-person for the first time in 4 years, the New Zealand delegation to IOI 2023 have arrived in Szeged, Hungary.

26/8: Auckland Airport. Team members and leaders prior to departure.

Departing in Auckland

28/8: The team arrives in Budapest, standing over the Danube river.

Arriving in Budapest

29/8: The IOI practice contest.

Practice Hall

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EGOI Presentation

The backpacks and Phoebe’s gold medal arrived in mid August. The team gathered again for a celebratory dinner on August 15, and Dr. Yu-Cheng Tu from Auckland University presented Phoebe with her gold medal.

Phoebe with a Gold Medal

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Amazing result for New Zealand

When the “final whistle blew”, Phoebe was placed 3rd overall and gained one of the 17 gold medals awarded. New Zealand’s first international Informatics gold! Ena, Jasmine and Belle also performed creditably, placing 126, 141 and 143 respectively.

The girls competed in EGOI 2023, at AUT on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 7pm until midnight on July 17 and 19. New Zealand was one of 4 teams competing remotely, along with Tunisia, Ecuador and Bolivia. There were 52 countries represented with 189 competitors.

The scoreboard was visible to the leaders outside the contest room, and the proctors (Yan Li and Ivan Gaspardy) came out to check from time to time. Zalan Varga was deputy and gained some valuable insights for his role in Hungary in August.

Left to Right: Zalan Varga (Deputy Leader), Belle Yin, Ena Yin, Jasmine Liu, Phoebe Zhang, Margot Phillipps (Leader)

Left to Right: Zalan Varga (Deputy Leader), Belle Yin, Ena Yin, Jasmine Liu, Phoebe Zhang, Margot Phillipps (Leader)

Check out the gallery for more photos.

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EGOI 2023 Team Announcement

The team to represent New Zealand at the European Girls Olympiad in Informatics 2023 has been chosen. All the girls are from Auckland. Jasmine is at ACG Parnell College, Belle and Ena attend St Cuthbert’s and Phoebe attends Rangitoto College.

The event was intended to be only on-site, but as this prohibited some teams from attending (costs), the event organisers generously decided to also allow on-line participation.

The team will sit the 2 contests at AUT on July 17 and July 19.

Jasmine Liu Belle Yin Ena Yin Phoebe Zhang
Jasmine Liu Belle Yin Ena Yin Phoebe Zhang
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New Zealand's Team for IOI 2023

The team consists of Anatol Coen (Mt Albert Grammar), GuanHan Li (Sunnynook Primary), Jonathon Sun (Rangitoto College) and Phoebe Zhang (Rangitoto College). The reserve is Arshia Lotfi (Macleans College).

IOI 2023 is to be held in Szeged, Hungary from 28th of August to 4th of September. The team will be led by Suzanne Scott and Zalan Varga.

They have been training hard and spent the April school holidays joining in with the Australian Informatics April camp run by AMT. The first half was conducted virtually and then 3 of the team travelled to Sydney for further onsite training. That trip was led by Bruce Chen.

Team

Anatol Coen GuanHan Li Jonathon Sun Phoebe Zhang
Anatol Coen GuanHan Li Jonathon Sun Phoebe (Yufei) Zhang

Leaders

Suzanne Scott Zalan Varga
Suzanne Scott Zalan Varga
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