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Irish teen tech team head for Taiwan

Thursday, June 26 12:39:22

After several rigorous selection rounds of the All Ireland Programming Olympiad (AIPO), four young secondary students have been selected to represent Ireland in Taiwan during the 2014 International Olympiad in Informatics.

Team Ireland will travel to Taipei in Taiwan on Friday 11th July and compete against over 300 students from 86 other countries.

The team consists of Richard Tynan (19yrs), Cistercian College, Roscrea; Aron Hoffman (17yrs), Luttrellstown Community College, Dublin; Conor Griffin (18yrs), Ardscoil Ris, Limerick and Daniel Mulcahy (17rs), Gonzaga College, Dublin.

These talented individuals were selected after an intense programming bootcamp hosted by DCU, where they trained and practised the art of competitive programming under conditions similar to those they will face in Taipei.

Gary Conway from DCU School of Computing who co-ordinates the AIPO explained, "These young students are self-educated in a variety of programming languages at a very high level. They are learning and using programming techniques which would normally be introduced to 3rd year computing students at university level. The students have shown remarkable skills, not only in informatics and programming, but also in time management and stress control."

Team Ireland member, Richard Tynan said: "Competing in AIPO over the past few years has made me a faster, more accurate and more knowledgeable coder, teaching me about areas of computer science that I didn't even know existed. I was fortunate to receive an offer to study computer science in Cambridge University in the United Kingdom next year, with one of the interviewers even saying my AIPO and IOI experience was 'one of the most impressive things' in my application."