| The British Informatics Olympiad is
the computing competition for schools and colleges.
We are proud to present BIO 2009, sponsored by Lionhead Studios.
|The 2009 British Informatics Olympiad|
A similar competition exists for students in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
BIO 2009 Timetable
The exam will be taken on a day of the school's choosing, but marks must be submitted electronically by 26 December if they are to be considered for the final.
Answers consist of the student's computer programs (which should be stored electronically), the written answers to the problems, and the results of the tests specified in the marks scheme.
The answers are to be marked by the teacher in charge. Marks should be submitted on the form which will be described on the marks scheme. All answers should be retained by the teacher in charge and may, for moderation, be required at short notice by the BIO organisers.
Food, accommodation, and reasonable travelling expenses (which must have been agreed in advance) will be paid for by the BIO.
The final will consist of a series of written and programming problems. The machines used for the final will be Pentium PCs. The languages available are expected to be Delphi and C/C++. There will be some free time and an opportunity for competitors to surf the Internet.
The four winners of the BIO and a team reserve will be selected at the final, and will be announced at a presentation ceremony on the last day.
The IOI will take place in Bulgaria in August 2009. All expenses of travel (with the UK and between the UK and Bulgaria), food and accommodation will be covered by the BIO and IOI, although team-members are advised to bring their own pocket money.
The team will be accompanied by at least two team leaders.
The team members will compete as individuals against approximately 300 students from over 75 countries, solving problems using computers; the best students will receive gold, silver or bronze medals.