Final Contest: the day is here
Second big day today for the IOI contestants, as well as the day of final judgment, because the results of this contest will shape the list of scores and that of the medal winners. The closing ceremony on Friday afternoon will be their time of triumph after all their hard effort.
Yet, winners are not only those being awarded gold, silver or bronze medals but all the young people from all over the world taking part in this competition. What every contestant should bear in mind is that he or she tried much, for months even years to master and excel in Informatics. This is something that will pay-off in the years to come, as their know-how will be valuable whatever field they choose to follow in their professional life. Information & Communication Technologies have proved to be the common denominator of every field and topic and a real catalyst for scientific progress. As a matter of fact, many modern philosophers believe that ICT -in the way we know it today- will disappear in a few years' time, as it will be absorbed in every field of science. Of course, computers and networks will be there, helping us keep things rolling, but nobody will really notice their presence, in the same way that we don't take notice of electricity anymore, except when there is a power failure and "normal" life seems to stop dead for a few minutes or a few hours…
That's why your love for Informatics and whatever experience you are amassing now will be more and more valuable in the future, making you real life winners.
PS. Some of the contestants told us that the subjects of the second contest are usually more difficult than those of the first. Our inquiries showed that this is not true, as the degree of difficulty varies from one day to another. Sometimes the first day happens to be the "bad one" - on other times it is the second to be blamed. Just cross your fingers...
PS2.Don't forget that tomorrow is excursion time - the trip to the Saronic Gulf Isles and the bright sun (we hope) will make you feel much better, after all your efforts in the contests.