The university town of Szeged, in the south of Hungary, hosted the 2023 International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) from 28 August to 4 September. IOI 2023 aimed to stimulate interest in computer science and information technology, as well as to bring together exceptionally talented pupils from various countries.
During 35th IOI, around 350 students from 85 countries measured their knowledge in tasks requiring highly advanced algorithmic thinking. The Hungarian team won one silver and five bronze medals.
The event was hosted in Szeged as part of the commemoration of the 120th anniversary of the birth of John von Neumann. The town is a cradle of Hungarian informatics, and home to a computer museum managed by CEPIS Member in Hungary, the John von Neumann Computer Society.
The Hungarian team at the IOI 2023 was selected through the society’s talent development programme, in close cooperation with the Faculty of Informatics at Eötvös Loránd University.
This programme incorporates competitions for students of different ages covering a range of types of tasks, including graphic programming, application programming, and algorithm knowledge. The best young talents can attend preparation camps and regular meetings and selection rounds.
Ágnes Németh Erdősné, Vice President responsible for talent development at the Neumann Society, said, “We are very proud of our students’ medals. These young people grew up in our talent development program. Our former Olympians, Zsolt Németh Zsolt and László Nikházy László, performed highly valued work in the scientific and technical committees, as appreciated by the international community. Our team leader Gyula Horváth’ decades-long work in the IOI was recognised with the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the international community of IOI.”