The International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) is an annual international informatics competition for high school students from various invited countries, accompanied by social and cultural programmers. It is one of the five international science Olympiads, and is one of the most prestigious computer science competitions in the world.

According to the IOI regulations, the main objectives to be accomplished by the IOI include:

  • To discover, encourage, bring together, challenge, and give recognition to young people who are exceptionally talented in the field of informatics
  • To foster friendly international relationships among computer scientists and informatics educators
  • To bring the discipline of informatics to the attention of young people
  • To promote the organization of informatics competitions for students at schools for secondary education
  • To encourage countries to organize a future IOI in their country

Each participating country selects a team of up to 4 contestants to represent their nation, along with a team leader and a deputy leader. The competition takes place during 2 competition days both of which are directly preceded and followed by a non-competition day. During 2 competition days each contestant competes individually and tries to maximize their score by solving a set of algorithmic problems. On each of the days, the students are typically given 3 problems which they have to solve in 5 hours.


The 31st International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI 2019) will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 4 to 11 August. The IOI 2019 is financially supported by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan  and is powered by a global partnership with Acer.

Azerbaijan started participation in the IOI in 1994, and since then, it has been part of the IOI community. After a successful bid, in October 2015, Azerbaijan became the Future Host for IOI 2019. In September 2018, Azerbaijani delegation received the IOI flag at IOI 2018 in Japan and became Host Country for IOI 2019.


   The aspiration to make a difference to society for the better was the foundation of Acer’s mission of “Breaking Barriers between People and Technology.” Hence, Acer is proud to be the Official Sponsor of the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) through 2021 by providing each competition with IT equipment and on-site technical support. For IOI 2019 in Azerbaijan, Acer will supply notebooks for contestants and staff, and servers to run contest management systems and language translations.

Acer and IOI are both advocates in promoting interests in informatics (computing science) and IT, and to encouraging the sharing of scientific and cultural experiences among students around the world. With the firm belief that young people of today are the leaders and innovators of tomorrow, Acer is keen to support these talents by doing its part to ensure the next generation is getting the technology and education to reach their potentials and follow their dreams.

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