The results of the 18th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) 2006, which was held in Mexico August 13th-20th, 2006 have finally been released. The US Computing team wins one gold and three silver medals. Congratulations to Richard McCutchen (G), John Pardon (S), George Boxer (S) and Bohua Zhan (S)!
The IOI, as one of the eight international science olympiads proposed by UNESCO, is the most recognized worldwide computer science competition aimed at secondary students under 20 years of age. Contestants are expected to demonstrate their problem-solving skills by writing computer programs within two competition days.
The primary goal of the IOI is to stimulate interest in informatics (computing science) and information technology. Another important goal is to bring together exceptionally talented pupils from various countries and to have them share scientific and cultural experiences.
The IOI is organized annually in and by one of the participating countries. Each participating country typically sends a delegation of four pupils and two accompanying adults.
In May 1989, UNESCO initiated and sponsored the first International Olympiad in Informatics, which took place in Pravetz, Bulgaria. The 2003 IOI was held in Kenosha, Wisconsin. As for the next Olympiad, the 2007 IOI will be hosted in Zegreb, Croatia.
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