The competition is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the Ministry of Education; in collaboration with the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport represented by the Regional Centre for Informatics.
Egypt first participated in the international competition in 1998 and has even since been keen in taking part in it.
In 2000, Egypt sent a delegation to participate in the international competition held in China at the time.
Egypt’s endeavored to organize the first Arabic Olympiad in informatics. In this context, several meetings were held with union members of the International Olympiad in Informatics to attain as much of scientific and technical information for the Olympiad.
In 2001, Egypt participated in the twelfth International Olympiad in Informatics held in Finland in order to make the necessary preparations for the establishment of the first Arabic Olympiad in Informatics.
Within the framework of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport’s to organize the first Arabic competition, two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for the technical and scientific support from the International Olympiad in Informatics, supervised by UNESCO.
One MoU was signed with the Executive Director of the International Olympiad in Informatics Lionel Hartmann, and another one with the current member of the International Olympiad in Informatics Gokterk Aokolk and head of the Olympiad held in Turkey in 1999.
The Arab League supported the initiative and a regional center for International Olympiad in Informatics at the headquarters of the Academy in Abu Qir – Alexandria was established at a cost of six million pounds.
The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport paid all expenses for Egypt’s team of travel and accommodation during competitions years 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
In 2002, The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport organized the first Arabic Olympiad in Informatics in the presence of 16 countries, as one of the specialized organizations of the Arab League during the period 1-7 July, 2002.
With the launch of the Arab Olympiad, preparations to launch the first Egyptian Olympiad in Informatics supervised by the Academy in collaboration with MCIT started. In this context, the two parties signed a cooperation agreement.
In 2003, the first Egyptian Olympiad in Informatics was organized. Later, an agreement was signed between the Ministry of Education, MCIT and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport on March 8, 2007 to care for Egyptian youth in the field of software and IT.
§ Encourage young talents and draw their attention to IT significance, thus benefiting the community in the areas of development and innovation , rather than using computers for entertainment through the broad base of software games invading the Arab world
§ Learn the best methods and methodology to solve problems related to the computer and other areas of science
§ Discover young talents in information technology
§ Strengthen the bonds of friendship between the young people participating in the Olympiad and cooperation between experts of Computer and IT in Egypt
§ Prepare high calibers in the field of programming and information technology
§ Help create a promising generation that has the ability to systematic thinking, innovation and development
§ Participate in the national strategy to address problems for people with disabilities in Egypt
§ Create an atmosphere of equal opportunities between normal and people with special needs and help them to interact with the community
§ Train and rehabilitate the deaf, hearing impaired people and blind ones for IT and computer programs and applications for better job opportunities
§ Egypt won the first medal in the International Olympiad in Informatics in 2005 and has since been winning annual awards
§ Egypt hosted the International Olympiad in Informatics in 2008
§ Egypt won several silver and bronze medals over the years of participating in the competition
§ Certificates of appreciation have been given out for Egyptian winners in the International Olympiad in Informatics
Over the past years, Egypt won through the ongoing participation in the international competition the following medals:
§ In 2005, Poland : the first bronze medal
§ I n2006, Mexico : Bronze medal
§ In 2008, Egypt : bronze medal
§ In 2009, Bulgaria : 3 bronze medals
§ In 2010, Canada : silver medal , and the bronze
§ In 2011, Thailand: 2 silver medals and one bronze
§ In 2012, Italy : 2 bronze medals
§ In 2013 Australia : 2 bronze medals
§ Preparation for the Egyptian Olympiad in Informatics 2014-2015