After winning through a rigorous four-stage selection process which started in April 2010 with 38 000 participants in the First Round of the Standard Bank/CSSA Computer Olympiad, four of the best young programmers have been selected and will compete with teams from 80 countries at the International Olympiad in Informatics in Thailand.
The winning team is Kieren Davies, from International School of Hour Bay (now at UCT); Yaseen Hamdulay, from Wynberg Boys’ High (now in Grade 12), Vaughan Newton, from Diocesan College (now in Grade 12) and Bennie Swart, from Bellville High (now at NWU). The reserve is Greg Jackson, from Diocesan College (now at UCT).
The Standard Bank/CSSA Computer Olympiad which serves as the selection vehicle for the team to take part in the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) invites participation from all high schools in South Africa.
The four team members and reserves were part of the more than 38 000 participants in the First Round; 3 500 participants in the Second Round and 16 participants in the Third Round in 2010. The finalists from 2010 received further training during 2011 before the team of four was selected to go to the International Olympiad in Informatics.
Keegan Carruthers-Smith of the Computer Olympiad Scientific Committee, says: “Competition for the national team over the past few years has risen dramatically, making selection for such a prestigious event even more difficult.”
The team will travel to Pattaya in Thailand to compete against teams from 80 other countries. The competition itself takes two days. Each day the contestants are given a number of problems and five hours to write the computer programs that will solve the problems.