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    Egypt Partakes in IOI 2019

    Date published: 4 August 2019
    Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), is participating in the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) 2019, on August 4-11, in Baku, Azerbaijan.

    The Egyptian participating team has been selected and trained under MCIT supervision, in collaboration with the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT). MCIT provides full support to the team, covering training and travel costs for all team members.

    On the other hand, new Egyptian students are being trained to participate in the Egyptian Olympiad in Informatics, due to be held on August 25-29. In addition, the first African Olympiad in Informatics is currently under preparation.

    Since 2005, Egypt has been taking part in the IOI; it hosted the competition in 2008. Over the past years, Egypt became a strong competitor in the IOI and received a number of silver and bronze medals which facilitated the provision of job opportunities for participants in the world's leading information technology companies.

    MCIT has been keen to support and sponsor the participation of Egypt in the IOI. Those medals reflect the fruitful outcome of the Ministryís strategy encouraging the use of information technology among youth through specialized contests in informatics.

    During IOI, contestants have to show basic IT skills like problem analysis, designing algorithms and data structures, programming and testing. The idea of the competition was first introduced during the 24th General Conference of UNESCO in Paris by the Bulgarian Delegate Professor Bojidar Sendov in October 1987. In 1989, the first IOI was held in Bulgaria to become an event hosted every year by a different country.

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