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the computing competition for schools and colleges.
BIO 2001 is sponsored by Data Connection
Rules of the British Informatics Olympiad
The British Informatics Olympiad (BIO) is open to students under 19 years of age and studying full-time at an establishment of Secondary or Further (not Higher) Education in mainland Britain. Entries are co-ordinated by the Head of Information Technology or another member of staff at the school or college (teacher in charge).

A similar competition exists for students in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Entering the BIO
The teacher in charge of the BIO must enter the competition by filling in and sending the application form, and specifying an approximate number of students who will take the first round of the BIO.

BIO 2001 Timetable

Structure of the first round
The first round of the BIO consists of a 3-hour paper, with three questions, to be taken in school. Each question is to be solved by writing a computer program, on any type of computer and in any language; the questions will be supplemented by written problems.

The exam will be taken on a day of the school's choosing, but marks must be returned by Monday 12 March.

Answers consist of the student's computer programs (which should be stored on a floppy disk and printed out), 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 accompanies 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.

Structure of the final
The final will take place in Cambridge from 6-8 April 2001. The best 15 competitors in the first round of the BIO will be invited to take part.

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 Turbo Pascal and Turbo C/C++, or equivalents. 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.

International Olympiad in Informatics
The four winners will form the team to represent Britain at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI). In the event of one of these being unable to attend IOI 2001, a reserve will be substituted at the organisers' discretion.

The IOI will take place in Tampere, Finland, from 14-21 July, 2001. All expenses of travel, 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 280 students from over 70 countries, solving problems using computers; the best students will receive gold, silver or bronze medals.

The Chairman, Director(s) and Secretary of the British Informatics Olympiad will have the final say in the interpretation of these rules, and any ambiguity or question should be referred to them.

The 2001 British Informatics Olympiad