Young computer programmers competed in the 4thEuropean Junior Olympiad in Informatics (EJOI), with Cloud infrastructure and IT support provided by the Georgian Research and Educational Networking Association GRENA. The research and educational Cloud infrastructure in Georgia was co-funded by the EU-funded EaPConnect project.
Georgia hosted EJOI online on 2-6 September 2020, with the guidance of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia and the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia. A record number of representatives from 27 countries took part in the event.
record number at EJOI2020
among the medalists
Among the prize winners at EJOI2020 were four Georgian participants, who took home a bronze, two silvers and a gold medal. Gold medalist Luka Mosiashvili was named among the top four, the strongest informatics students in Europe. Given the number of participants competing from other countries, this was a robust result for Georgia.
EJOI is a significant event, a stepping-stone, in the development of the IT industry in Council of Europe member states. The primary purpose of this educational event is to encourage the interest of young children in IT and to stimulate competitive software development in Europe as a whole, as well as to acknowledge the best young IT talents. It is an individual programming contest for secondary level young programmers.
Other technical and infrastructural support for the 2020 EJOI event was provided by the International Black Sea University.
The Covid-19 outbreak has brought us all face-to-face with an unprecedented reality. The Georgian education system has effectively implemented a transition to distance learning, ensuring an immediate response to the crisis. Despite the challenges, Georgia is hosting the European Junior Olympiad in Informatics online. I am happy and proud to announce that an unprecedented number of participants are taking part in the Olympiad.”
It is a privilege to participate in the opening ceremony of the European Junior Olympiad in Informatics. We are glad that in 2020 Georgia is hosting this international event. Unfortunately, due to the COVID 19 pandemic we are organising this Olympiad in online format, however, Georgia is ready to host and organise similar international competitions and events in future. I would like to wish success to every participant of the Olympiad.”
The European Junior Olympiad motivates students to start studying programming and algorithms from a young age. At the same time, this Olympiad gives them an opportunity to gain experience, which is a prerequisite for achieving high results among all the students at international Olympiads in future.”
The international EJOI committee decided to hold the Olympiad in Georgia again in 2021 in the usual format, hoping that the world will have dealt with the pandemic by then.