More Scots students urged to go for computer Olympic gold
Axios Systems and Data Connection issued the appeal at the launch of this year's British Informatics Olympiad (BIO).
The annual competition - which is open to schools and colleges - centers on solving problems against the clock, using a computer. Any programming language and computer can be used in the first round which will be run as a three-hour examination in March. The final will be held in Cambridge at Easter. The four top finalists will represent Britain at the International Olympics Olympiad to take place in Finland in the Summer.
Ailsa Symeonides, Sales and Marketing Director of Axios Systems which specializes in Help Desk and IT Service Management software, said that although the competition was very popular in England it had so far attracted only limited interest from Scottish schools.
"We want to turn this around and see Scottish students among the finalists," she commented. "There is a particular lack of female entrants, not only from Scotland but throughout the UK. Software programming offers a great career for girls as well as boys and is at the heart of many successful organizations."
Axios Systems is a member of the steering group of e-competitions, an umbrella organization which represents a broad range of competitions supporting education and training at all levels, from primary schools to the workplace. It is backed by the Department for Education and Employment, the Department of Trade and Industry and the British Computer Society.
Data Connection is one of the world's most successful computer technology companies with offices in Edinburgh, North London, Chester, San Francisco and Washington, DC.
Graeme MacArthur, Director of Data Connection, said it was proud to have been the major sponsor of the British Informatics Olympiad since 1996 but would like to see more Scottish participants.
"There are many high caliber students in Scotland - exactly the type of people who may be well suited to a career in computing," he commented.
"We would like to encourage more schools to participate in the BIO competition, which is both challenging and enjoyable for the students and can open up opportunities for pre-university work and university sponsorship"
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