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Second edition of .Champion, a trial for the international Olympics in computer science

Monday, November 15, 2004

      Bucharest, November 15th 2004 – A year ago a brand new competition was launched within SIVECO Romania Virtual Center for Excellency: “.Champion”- a contest addressing the pupils willing to reach performance in computer science, or, in other words “the online training for the international Olympics”.    

The need for IT competition stimulation and constant preparation and testing environment are the basic ideas for “.Champion”, initiated by Emanuela Cerchez and Marinel Serban, IT teachers at the Grigore Mosil High-school in Iasi.               Supported by SIVECO Romania and the Ministry of Education and Research, the two devoted teachers from Iasi go on with their mission: tutoring the young people passionate for IT to the Olympic medals. 

   The first round of the “.Champion” this year started with an amazing number of participants: 913 pupils attended online this simulation of an international IT Olympic contest, solving problems proposed by the national team coaches and former Olympic medal winners.

   „We are particularly impressed by the presence of the juniors (pupils younger than 9th grade): 321. And it’s not just the number, but also the quality of their participation- 23 out of the 321 reached the highest score. This definitely means we have resources and that the next generation is measuring up to the present one”, says Ema Cerchez. 

At the final round of „.Champion” first edition, which took place in Poiana Pinului in April this year, Radu Jugureanu, eContent Manager for SIVECO Romania stated for the press: „do not forget the names of the 30 young people you have met these days. I am convinced that personalities of the IT world will raise among them”.

Although it’s only been months since the final round of the first edition, the finalists in the .Champion 2003-2004 took the first steps to prove Mr. Jugureanu’ s statement: Silviu Gănceanu won the Olympic gold at IOI Athens 2004 (International Olympics in Informatics).

At his arrival from Athens, Silviu shared his thoughts in a message posted on the SEI portal’s forum.

“On behalf of my colleagues and the entire team I thank you all …thank you for keeping your fingers crossed for us, got excited and happy for us. You are all exceptional people.

I really want to thank Mr. Jugureanu for teacher Emanuela Cerchez for all the energy and love investes team training and especially  mine in the “.Champion” contest and in the two national Olympic team training camps.

Thank you SIVECO Romania and “.Champion” for being part of my training, the two editions of the contest had great contribution in showing me my way in the IT world
 I am very grateful to all of you [..]”

About .champion

Any pupil that has access to a computer connected to Internet can participate at ".champion".

The competition is structured according to age levels: first level-pupils up to IX grade; second level-X grade pupils and third level - XI-XII grade pupils, but for those little by age but advanced in informatics field there is the possibility to participate at a higher level.

Those registered in the competition can train themselves in the rounds.

In a round we propose two algorithmic issues. The solution for one issue means to implement the solution in one of the following programming languages: Pascal, C or C++ and to send it for evaluation using the site.

Training rounds alternate with competition rounds. In a training round the participants have to provide a solution within two weeks for the problems proposed.

Once a month there is a competition round, in which the participants provide solutions to the proposed issues according deadlines, with the purpose to train themselves for informatics competitions. The pupils have to send their solutions only by using the site, by the date and hour specified as the finish moment of that round.

All the solutions are evaluated by an automated evaluation soft, similar with those used at international informatics competitions. The soft has been elaborated by Mihai Patrascu, former international competition winner, now student at M.I.T. and had been used both in 2002 and 2003 trainings of national informatics team, as well as at Balkan Olympiad in Informatics 2003, which took place in Iasi.

The week after the evaluation, the authors of the problems will post on the web the possible solution for the proposed problems, as well as the tests used for evaluation.