Applications for National Computer Olympics admitted until April 16

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As has been happening since 1989, the National Informatics Olympics will also be held this year. Applications are now open and, until April 16, proposals are accepted from all students of basic, secondary, or equivalent education, who were born after June 30, 1987.

The contest is divided into two fundamental phases. In the first one, all students are admitted who must simultaneously solve three problems presented on the Internet.

The resolution of tasks must be carried out using the Pascal programming language in Free Pascal environment or C or C ++ languages ‚Äč‚Äčin GCC environment. The evaluation is carried out by a management system for programming contests, which is also responsible for submitting online problems.

The classification is automatically assigned, according to the number of tests correctly evaluated by the programs submitted by the competitors and validated by a national jury, designated by the organization.

Before this stage, all participants can familiarize themselves with the system through a fictional contest presented online by the initiative’s organization.

Competitors who excel in the first stage, with a maximum of 30 students, move on to the next stage, considered the final exam. Here the performance of the competitors is in person and individual and will be supported by the same system of the preliminary test.

The objective of the final is to select four finalists representing Portugal in the International Computer Olympics, taking place in Zageb, Croatia, between the 15th and 22nd of August this year. If the same happens as in the previous two editions, in which the number of students selected in the final reached eight elements, the participants are subject to a preparation stage, from which the finalists will leave.

The National Informatics Olympics are promoted and organized by the Association for the Promotion and Development of the Information Society, in partnership with the Informatics Department of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of Universidade Nova de Lisboa and with the Department of Computer Science of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto.

The first edition took place in 1984, at Liceu Passos Manuel, but it was in 1989 that it started to be held continuously. The aim of the initiative is to promote a taste for programming and information technologies among young people attending secondary or basic education across the country.

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