Waikato student wins medal at informatics Olympiad

23 August 2010

Olympiad Medals

International Olympiad: Medal winners from left to right Logan Glasson, Boris Pfahringer and Jamie McCloskey.

First-year computer science student Boris Pfahringer has come away from the 2010 International Olympiad in Informatics with a bronze medal for the second year in a row.

Pfahringer was part of a four-strong New Zealand team at the world’s premier high school programming competition, held last week at the University of Waterloo in southern Ontario, Canada.

Team members Jamie McCloskey and Logan Glasson also won bronze medals, giving the New Zealand team their best-ever result at the annual competition. Pfahringer and McCloskey also won bronze medals last year.

The 2010 IOI featured more than 300 top computer science students who were selected through national computing contests. Some 250,000 students from more than 80 countries compete each year to represent their country at the competition.

Competitors have to demonstrate their skills in problem analysis, design of algorithms and data structures, programming and testing.

On the first day of the competition, Pfahringer was the second person to solve one of the four problems. “It was an awesome feeling to find out I was second in the world to solve one of the problems,” he said.

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