E4 Office Bearers and Tasks
The International Committee is established by the General Assembly of the
IOI in order to prepare revisions of the Regulations and to elaborate
decisions and recommendations of the GA.
The IC should include Countries that represent all geographical regions of
the world. It should be encouraged that all IC members actively participate
in the IC and that there are no vacant positions in the IC.
The Secretary-General of the IOI is a continuing position which is taken up
by a member of the Host Team of IOI'n after the Closing Ceremony of IOI'n.
The Secretary-General of the IOI holds this position in the full period up
to the Closing Ceremony of IOI'n+1.
The level of support which the IC and the GA can give to the International
Secretariat of the IOI is not yet arranged. After the needed support
has been specified, and the IC and GA have taken their decisions, the
'provisional' character of the IS might change to 'permanent'.
In the process of organizing IOIs since 1989 all kind of materials about
past IOIs are collected. This material forms the basis of the IS.
As an organization the IOI lacks sustained influence from universities,
research, commerce and industry. A permanent Board of Patrons, consisting
of a group of well-known, respected, male and female members of information
technology and business from different regions of the world, can have the
necessary profile and influence.
The BP can promote the IOI, can provide advice to the IOI, and can act as
intermediaries between the IOI and others who can support the development
of the IOI (e.g. with extending the scope of the IOI, with organizing the
IOI in specific countries, with providing some financial support).
In the year preceding IOI'n the Host Team of IOI'n functions under the
supervision of the IC, whose composition is established during IOI'n-1.
The IOI Regulations can not and will not prescribe in which way the Host
Team of IOI'n is composed and its tasks are performed by the members.
But in order to prepare IOI'n statements S4.6 and S4.7 require that the
Host Team includes as a member:
The main reasons for the distinction between the four main positions are:
- the person who holds the position of the Manager of IOI'n (the Chair of
the Host Team);
- the person who holds the position of the Secretary-General of the IOI
(the Chair of the IC) after the Closing Ceremony of IOI'n;
- the person who holds the position of the President of the GA (the
Chair of the GA) of IOI'n;
- the person who holds the position of the Chair of the SC of IOI'n.
There is no preference wether the organizing Host of IOI'n combines any of
the positions of the Secretary-General of the IOI, the Manager of IOI'n,
the President of the GA of IOI'n, and the Chair of the SC of IOI'n in one
person, or not.
- the President of the GA should be skilled to conduct the GA, which is
a large meeting, with lots of obstacles, in a language which is not the
mother tongue of most Host participants;
- the Manager of IOI'n should have the authority on the national level
to achieve the task of the Host;
- the Secretary-General of the IOI should have the authority on the
international level to achieve the task of the IC;
- the Chair of the SC should have the skills to develop Competition
Tasks according to the current scientific state of the informatics
If several positions are combined in one person, by default of that person,
each position is taken up as indicated for that position in the Statutes.
It is not recommended that the organizing Host reduces the Host Team to one
Up till now the details of the Judging Procedures are 'provisional'. There
are not enough specifications which the SC can use to propose a
distribution of medals among the Contestants. Although the GA is the body
which awards the Contestants, it is strongly recommended that the
procedures to determine this distribution should be better specified and
the SC can be given more authority to present a complete awarding proposal
to the GA.
Problems which need to be specified in a more 'permanent' Judging Procedure
are such as (for example):
- the interests of participating Countries to have as much points for
their Contestants as possible and the conflicting interest of the SC to
have a good distribution of points over the Contestants;
- the rules to avert the possibility that a too large fraction of the
Contestants are proposed for the same medal, leading to a lot of organizing
problems and extra costs for the Present Host.