We are the champions
Russian Schoolchildren Top Medals Table at International Olympiad in Informatics.
Baku played host to one of the major IT events, the 31st International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI 2019). This year, the academic competition brought together more than 300 people from 88 countries including the United States, China, Great Britain, Germany, India, Vietnam, Australia etc. The Russian team led the IOI 2019 medals tally with four golds. The country was represented by schoolchildren from several cities: Ildar Gainullin from Lobachevsky Lyceum, Kazan Federal University; Yegor Lifar from the Moscow-based school “Intellectual”, Vladimir Romanov from A.Kolmogorov School, Lomonosov Moscow State University, and Alexander Morozov from St Petersburg Physics and Mathematics Lyceum 239. The competition comprised two stages; contestants had to solve six problems. The Russian team was trained at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. The team supervisor was ITMO University Information Technologies and Programming Faculty Associate Professor Andrey Stankevich, winner of prestigious awards including the IBM and ACM ICPC Senior Coach Award.
It is not the first victory of Russian schoolchildren at international IT contests. Earlier this year, Russian students wont the ICPC Cup beating the U.S. and Japanese teams. In 2018, the Russian team won two golds and two silvers at the IOI in Japan. ITMO University students won the ICPC 2017.
Russia provides good training in information technologies. Many primary schools run dedicated IT classes. High schoolers wishing to participate in international competitions have the opportunity to learn from teachers of best Russian universities such as Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, a longtime organiser of IT trainings for Russian and international schoolchildren.