Advise for IOI Organization
If you want to know what it takes to organize an IOI,
then you should start by reading the reports of past IOIs.
In the future,
we should have a document that provides more background information.
The IOI Regulations provides more details,
for example concerning the responsibilities of the Host.
For the time being, we will work on a checklist.
The next list is under construction and far from complete.
- Financing, Sponsors
- Enthousiastic and Dedicated Staff
- Public Relations
- IOI'n Logo (recommended)
(info on registration, programme, rules, addresses, phone numbers,
names of contact persons, arrival/departure procedure;
LOCAL currency, phone system (incl. mobile), traffic, language, weather,
- World-Wide Web site (highly recommended)
- Invitation letters for participating delegations, observers, VIPs (such as
representatives from UNESCO, IFIP, sponsors, etc.) to help obtain visa
- Badges, showing in BIG LETTERS:
role (possibly color coded), country code, and name
- Sleeping accommodation for students, leaders, and staff
- Meals (incl. vegetarian, muslim, kosher, ...)
- Accommodation for competition and meetings
- Equipment for competition, translation, practicing, scientific committee,
evaluating committee, administration, desktop publishing:
- Computers with software, printers, scanners, cameras;
- Competition Rules, Competition Tasks
with backup tasks, and Solutions (!)
- Judging Procedure, incl. Evaluators
- Opening Ceremony
- Cultural/Recreational/Social Programme
- Closing Ceremony, Medals
- Final Report
UNESCO maintains a
Ministries of Education,
which may be helpful when sending out invitations.
For various standards, see
Country names and their two- or three-letter abbreviations are usually taken
from the list of
ISO 3166 codes
(also see United Nations: Countries or areas, codes and abbreviations,
World Atlas: Country Codes,
A Dictionary of Units of Measurement: Country Codes,
and Wikipedia: ISO 3166-1).
An alternative (used at IOI'96, for instance) is the list of
countries that participated in the
1996 Centennial Olympic Games.
[The Olympic Movement]
For language identifiers, see
(e.g. ISO 639).
The full breadth of informatics as a scientific discipline is illustrated by the
Computing Classification System
of the ACM.
International System of Units
Also see Bureau International des Poids et Mesure, which ensures world-wide uniformity of measurements.
Also see Prefixes for binary multiples.
To get ideas for IOI competition tasks,
you may want to consult the
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