Two local students won medals at an international computer programming competition held in Thailand.
Jamie McCloskey and Logan Glasson, of Canterbury University and Burnside High School in Christchurch respectively, both won bronze medals at the annual International Olympiad of Informatics contest that was held in Pattaya, Thailand last month.
The contest involves 300 of the world’s top computer science students, who are selected through national computing contests.
McCloskey and Glasson were part of a four-member team representing the county in the two-day contest. Each competition session took five hours and competitors demonstrated their skills in problem solving, the design of algorithms and data structures, programming and testing. They were given an overall score for their performance and the highest-scoring students won gold medals, followed by silver and bronze.
The other students that represented New Zealand were Tom Levy of Hillcrest High School in Hamilton and Tony Sun of Christ’s College in Christchurch.
The students travelled to Thailand with assistance from the Royal Society of NZ, University of Canterbury, University of Auckland, Solnet and Internet NZ. More information about the International Olympiad of Informatics 2011 can be found here and a general overview of the contest can be found on Wikipedia.