Hoffmann retains title at All-Ireland Programming Olympiad

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PIctured: AIPO winners Cian McDonnell and Aron Hoffman

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3 March 2015 | 0

Aron Hoffmann from Luttrellstown Community College, Clonsilla retained his senior title at the All-Ireland Programming Olympiad (AIPO) held last Saturday at DCU. Hoffman joins a shortlist of eight senior students invited to a three-day training camp hosted by DCU in June. From this camp, four students will be selected to represent Ireland at the International Olympiad in Informatics in Almaty, Kazakhstan in July.

First-time entrant Cian McDonnell (14) from Dooradoyle, Co. Limerick, took the gold in the junior section.

Students from 15 different counties competed against each other over a 5 hour computer programming challenge.

On the day, both junior (under 15 years of age) and senior (15 to 18 years of age) participants were given four problems to decipher and translate into working code before they would score any points on the live scoreboard.

Second and third places in the senrior category went to Daniel Mulcahy and Cian Ruane. In the junior category, second place went to Caolan Fleming and third place was shared between Stephen Cushen and Harvey Conniffe.

AIPO manager Gary Conway said: “These are the sort of skills the ICT sector are in need of – quick thinking, problem-solving software engineers that can work under pressure. To see these skills in such young students is really amazing and encouraging for Ireland’s future. Our youngest competitor, Yulia Soldatkina, came close to a medal position and she is only 13.”

Tadhg O’Shea, vice president of software engineering at AOIP sponsor Fidelity Investments, said: “We continue to see increased interest in this great event. Fidelity Investments takes great pride in encouraging young students to develop their technical skills and consider IT as a career.”

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