Young Filipino IT scientists achieve historic best-ever performance at International Olympiad in Informatics Hungary

Filipino IT scientists International Olympiad in Informatics Hungary
Filipino STEM excellence shines with silver and bronze medals at the 2023 IOI in Hungary. NOI PH FB photos.

Filipino students have achieved a historic milestone by delivering an unparalleled performance at the International Olympiad in Informatics 2023 (IOI 2023) held in Szeged, Hungary. The young Filipino IT scientists not only raised the flag high but also clinched 1 silver and 2 bronze medals—setting a new record for Team Philippines.

Grade 12 student Cassidy Kyler Tan of Ateneo de Manila Senior High School snagged a silver medal, positioning him at the 66th rank out of a pool of 360 prodigious students from 90 countries. Following closely were Christian Jerome Austin Te, a 9th Grader from Jubilee Christian Academy, and 11th Grader Filbert Ephraim Wu of Victory Christian International School, who each secured a bronze medal. Te and Wu ranked 150th and 159th respectively on the global stage.

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The accolades were officially recognized by NOI PH (National Olympiad in Informatics Philippines) as Team Philippines’ most outstanding performance at the IOI since the country began participating in 2015. Cassidy Kyler Tan, in particular, outdid his previous year’s Honorable Mention, achieved at the IOI held in Indonesia, where Wu was also a contender.

The 35th edition of the IOI was staged at the Pick Arena in Szeged, from August 28 to September 4. The competition was a two-day affair where students demonstrated their aptitude in diverse areas such as problem analysis, algorithm design, data structures, programming, and testing—all under a ticking clock.

The team, including 12th Grader John Lloyd Allas from the City of San Jose Del Monte National Science High School who secured the 213th position, was cherry-picked from winners of the NOI PH programming competitions earlier this year. Adding another feather to his cap, Christian Jerome Austin Te received the Rookie of the Year award at this year’s NOI PH.

This monumental accomplishment undoubtedly adds another layer of pride to Filipino heritage in the field of Information Technology and serves as a testament to the tremendous talent and skill present among the youth of the Philippines.

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