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Press release
2 April 2000
For immediate publication
BIO 2000 - the national computing competition for schools

Top young programmers have won Olympic opportunity


This weekend a group of 15 outstanding young programmers pitted their wits against each other in the 17th century halls of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The event was the final of a challenging and innovative competition for young students - the British Informatics Olympiad (BIO). They were picked for the final in a tough selection from 900 pupils in over 60 schools and colleges nationwide. The four winners will form a team to compete in the Olympic games of computing, this year held in Beijing, China. Their trip will be expenses-paid, thanks to financial support from Data Connection, sponsor of the BIO. Data Connection is one of the UK's most successful software development companies.


The 2000 British Informatics Olympiad began with a competition open to all schools and colleges around Britain. About 900 students took a 3 hour paper in which they faced tasks including modelling the movement of ants changing the landscape, checking passwords and programming a computer to find dice to play an unusual game.

At the final, held this weekend at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, their capabilities were really stretched with written problems on finding the order of contestants in tournaments and checking spelling, followed by programming tasks including planning the layout of a new town and allocating university places. None of the students were able to solve all of the problems in the time available - though several got close.

The top four will form the British team for 2000. Accompanied by two team leaders, they will travel in October to represent Britain at the 12th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), this year held in the Chinese capital, Beijing.

The winners have just been announced at today's presentation ceremony. Becky Rogers, recruitment manager at Data Connection, awarded the prizes. She said, "Data Connection is proud to sponsor BIO 2000. As one of the UK's most successful software development companies, we base our success on recruiting exceptionally talented people and training them to become world-class software developers, managers and marketeers. BIO 2000 has succeeded in attracting some of the country's brightest and best young computing students. The IOI team is a formidable collection of talent - exactly the sort of people we recruit as both pre-university and full-time employees."

The team members are to be:

One reserve was also chosen:

The other finalists were:

Further information

More information on the BIO may be obtained from:

Antony Rix
Chairman, the British Informatics Olympiad
Christ's College, Cambridge CB2 3BU
Phone: 01223 277 837 or 01473 644 339.
E-mail: (see contact details from home page)
Becky Rogers
Data Connection Limited
100 Church Street, Enfield EN2 6BQ
Phone: 020 8366 1177
Fax: 020 8363 2927
E-mail: http://www.dataconnection.com/


Copyright-free photographs of the team and finalists are available from the Chairman.

Internet resources

The BIO publishes a large amount of information on the Internet. For details of the BIO and related material, take a look at the BIO Index.

If you are publishing a link to the BIO website, please use the location http://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/bio/


Background Information

The British Informatics Olympiad

The British Informatics Olympiad (BIO) is an annual competition in computer programming for students at secondary schools and sixth form colleges. Any student who is under 19, in full time pre-university education and resident in mainland Britain, is eligible to take part and has the chance to win the prize of an expenses-paid trip to the prestigious International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI).

The first stage of the BIO is a three-hour exam, taken at school, in which students solve problems with the aid of a computer. These are marked by a teacher and submitted for moderation. Based on the results of this exam, the top 15 competitors are invited to the BIO final in Cambridge over the Easter holiday. The best four make up the team to represent Britain at the IOI.

Organisation and aims

The BIO is a non-profit making organisation founded in 1995, aiming to encourage students to take an active interest in information technology, to allow them to meet and exchange ideas, and to give the best the chance to compete at the annual International Olympiad in Informatics.

In order to make the BIO as inclusive as possible, it is free to enter. This can only be achieved thanks to the aid of commercial sponsorship. BIO 2000 is sponsored by Data Connection, one of the world's most successful software development companies. Founded in 1981, Data Connection now has around 200 employees. The company's outstanding success has been driven by a total commitment to quality and a high level of business generated overseas. Data Connection recruit world-class graduates, and offer pre-university work and vacation work to exceptional students.

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