Last weekend I hosted the final of the British Olympiad in Informatics in the Computer Lab here at Cambridge. 14 UK sixth formers from around the country had got this far out of a thousand or so entrants from schools. The contest lasted for 4 hours on Saturday afternoon. Contestants had to program in C++. A copy of the questions will go up on the main olympiad site http://olympiad.org.uk/ in due course. The four strongest contestants are now going forward to represent the UK at the international competition in Thailand – congratulations to them! Here’s a photo of the winners with the organisers and Andrew Fitzgibbon from Microsoft who were the sponsors of the event. One of Andrew’s papers was used in a core part of my PhD so I enjoyed talking to him!
I gave a talk beforehand about Computer Science (I’ll write a post about this another week). Here’s a picture of the contestants with their free Raspberry Pi’s donated by the Raspberry Pi foundation.