Overview of the BIO
See the BIO info pack
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including past BIO problems
Contacting the BIO
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Other computing contests
(British and international)
|The British Informatics Olympiad is
the national computing competition for
schools and colleges.
1 March 2021 Invitations have gone out to all our finalists. We will be getting in touch shortly with all participating schools regarding certificates.
7 January 2020 Given recent government announcements on the closure of schools, we are permitting schools to set the paper remotely. Updated instructions have been sent to registered schools.
31 December 2020 The deadline for setting and submitting marks has been extended to 31 January 2021.
30 November 2020 We are now distributing copies of the BIO 2021 first round paper. Verified registrations meeting our eligibility requirements received on or before 29 November have already been sent the paper. Registrations after this date should receive the paper within three days.
If you have sent an email enquiring about your registration for BIO 2021 but not received a reply, or are expecting the paper but have not yet received it, please read our additional information.
2 November 2020 Registration for BIO 2021 is now available. This year the first round can be set any date from 1 December (2020) to 15 January (2021).
28 March 2020 An online final took place on Saturday 28th March. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic it was not possible to hold the scheduled residential weekend at Trinity College, Cambridge. The questions are available online.
Founded in 1995, the British Informatics Olympiad (BIO) aims to encourage students to take an active interest in information technology, and to allow them to meet and exchange ideas, through a challenging competition in computer programming.
The BIO information pack gives a quick link to find out more about the BIO. Many other countries run competitions like the BIO, including the All Ireland Programming Olympiad (AIPO) for students in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.