Baltic Olympiads in Informatics (BOI)
The goal of the Baltic Olympiads in Informatics
(BOI) is not only to compete, but also to train and to select the best school
students from each of the Baltic country to participate in the International
Olympiads in Informatics (IOIs).
Waiting for the opening ceremony in BOI'2000 in Sweden
Informatics is relatively new subject in the secondary school curricula
in many countries of the world. Informatics was included into the school
curricula of the three Baltic States in 1986-1987 (in 1986 as a compulsory
subject in Latvia and Lithuania, and in 1987 as an optional subject in
Estonia). National olympiads in informatics have been organised since 1988
in Latvia and Estonia, whereas Lithuania started organising national olympiads
in informatics in 1990. From 1985 to 1989 relevant competitions were organised
in Lithuania where not only school students, but also university students
and other people aged below 30 could participate.
Chairman of Lithuanian Parlament Artūras Paulauskas gives opening
speach in BOI'2002 in Lithuania
With the re-establishment of Estonias, Latvias and Lithuanias
independence and their official recognition by the worlds community,
the students teams from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were invited
to participate in the Third International Olympiad in Informatics
which took place in Bonn (Germany) in 1992. At the glass of German beer
the delegation leaders of the three countries (Rein Prank and Indrek Jentson
from Estonia, Māris Vītiņš and Viesturs Vēzis from Latvia, Gintautas Grigas
and Viktoras Dagys from Lithuania) had a discussion on how
to help students in better preparation for international olympiads.
The idea was raised that a common olympiad of the three countries could
help to form a team of the selected four strongest students from each
country to participate in IOIs. The discussion about the Baltic Olympiads
was continued in the two following IOIs in Mendoza in 1993 and in Stockholm
BOI participants could enjoy riding Historical Narrow Gauge railway, BOI'2005
However the train was "attacked" by the robbers , BOI'2005
Following the standards of international olympiads in informatics it
has been agreed that the competitors of Baltic olympiads in informatics
will have to solve six algorithmic problems during two days of the competition.
Programs, designed by the competitors are evaluated using Contest and evaluation system
in a similar way as it is done in IOI.
The delegation of each country will be made of eight participants
and two delegation leaders. Why eight competitors? Eight is an optimal
number, enabling not only to select the candidates to the national team
to represent country in IOI, but also to give training to younger school
students who will probably join the national team in a year or two. Nevertheless
due to the expansion of BOI the number of competitors has been decreased
to six. The delegation leaders from each country have to offer
problems in advance, discuss them through the electronic mail
and select six from all the offered problems in the end; translate them
at home into the mother tongues after their approval and bring to the
olympiad in the electronic form.
Game competition in BOI'2000, Sweden
The integrity of the goals of the olympiads and mutual trust of the
delegation leaders made it possible to organise a relatively short-term
(the duration 3-4 days) and inexpensive event. Naturally, a week-long
IOI is a real festivity for the contestants and their delegations leaders,
which stays in their memory for challenging problems, new friends and interesting
excursions. The Baltic Olympiad in Informatics (BOI), however, can be distinguished
for cosy and good neighbourly atmosphere.
Gold medal winners of BOI'2004
The First Baltic Olympiad in Informatics took place in Tartu
(Estonia) 21-23 April 1995. The second olympiad was organised
in Riga (Latvia). The Third Baltic Olympiad in Informatics took
place in Vilnius, Lithuania) in 1997. The fourth BOI was organized
in Tartu-Tallinn (Estonia), the fifth in Riga (Latvia),
the sixth in Haninge (Sweden), the seventh in Sopot (Poland),
the eighth - in Vilnius (Lithuania) and the nineth - in Tartu
(Estonia) and the 10'th in Ventspils (Latvija) in 2004.
Then BOI returned to Vilnius (Lithuania)
in 2005 and Finland hosted BOI for the first time in 2006 in Heinola.
In 2007 BOI took place in Güstrow, Germany. In April 2008 BOI will
return to Poland.
When the competition is over... Excursion to Euro-Park, BOI'2002, Lithuania
Experiencing miners life, BOI'2003 Estonia
Having fun, BOI'2004 Latvia