Meet the students who dare to dare…
Eight students eager to explore boundaries and expand their horizons are taking the challenge and are preparing for the Swiss Olympiad in Informatics starting in September 2020. Meet the students from throughout Switzerland and discover what drives them forward.
Preparing the team for the Swiss Olympiad in Informatics are Nexthink, a Lausanne and Boston based tech firm delivering improvements to employee’s digital experience & TechSpark Giving, a Swiss digital education institution.
Student competitions provide a myriad of opportunities, whether participants are finalists or not. At TechSpark Giving and Nexthink we believe that competitions are a way for young people to demonstrate their talent. They are a stepping-stone to daring to do one’s best and therefore to achieving greater things in life. A competition journey is a process, not an endpoint. It is an opportunity to challenge yourself, and yes, to have fun solving programming and algorithmic “puzzles”.
Since 2015, TechSpark Academy and its nonprofit arm TechSpark Giving have had the pleasure of helping to further the digital education of inspiring young students, many of whom are supported by Nexthink scholarships. Both of our organizations are committed to improving and supporting digital literacy, so we found ourselves asking the question ‘What more can we do to encourage our motivated students to further develop their interest in all things digital?’
In came the suggestions from our highly motivated ETHZ and EPFL instructors, encouraging us to select students interested in participating in the Swiss Informatics Olympiad competition.
Preparation has started, with virtual classrooms bringing together highly motivated young competitors from all over Switzerland. The instructor for this program is Greg Burman, who recently completed MSc in Neural Systems & Computations at ETHZ and is now a Senior Software Engineer at Privately SA “I love training young people for this competition” Greg said, “I participated in similar events myself as a student, and enjoy teaching math and programming algorithms.”
Students were invited to join the class based on their outstanding motivation and curiosity demonstrated during TechSpark Academy camps. We are excited to follow the eight students on their path towards the Swiss Olympiad in Informatics taking place between September and November 2020 and cheer them on in working towards selection to represent Switzerland at the International Olympiad in Informatics(IOI) in Singapore between Sunday, 20th June 2021 and Sunday, 27th June 2021, as well as the first European Girls Olympiad in Informatics(EGOI) planned to take place in Zurich in June 2021.
“As one of the core missions at Nexthink is to create a more inclusive and diverse tech, we feel especially proud to send off to Zurich a strong team with an equal balance of curious and talented girls and boys. We need to encourage young people, and we welcome this opportunity to do so wholeheartedly” said Mario Tarallo, Solutions Director at Nexthink’s Lausanne offices.”
Meet some of our students:
School: Kantonschule, Zug
Where are you from?: Switzerland
Tell us something interesting about yourself? I love technology, tennis, space and computer science
When did you first develop an interest in programming and how? I developed an interest in programming at the beginning of the second semester of this school year, when I started my maturity work, which is designing a video game.
What might you like to study later? I would like to study at ETH Zurich, e.g. computer science or astrophysics.
If you were a fruit, what would you be? peach (first fruit eaten on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission)
School: Kantonsschule Küsnacht (Zurich)
Where are you from?: India
Tell us something interesting about yourself? My favorite food is Vietnamese pho soup.
When did you first develop an interest in programming and how? I started to code at six years old by building a lego robot and coding it with scratch
What might you like to study later? Entrepreneurship and IT
If you were a fruit, what would you be? Dragon Fruit
School: Lycée-collège de l’Abbaye de St-Maurice (Valais)
Where are you from?: Quebec
Tell us something interesting about yourself? I love video games, mangas and I play violin too
When did you first develop an interest in programming and how? When I was 10 years old, we lived in Boston, where I did a couple of cool programming workshops.
What might you like to study later? I would like to study at EPFL, in the computer science section.
If you were a fruit, what would you be? Raspberry
School: Sekundarschule Aesch Baselland (Basel)
Where are you from?: Switzerland
Tell us something interesting about yourself? My favourite sport is tennis and I like to go cycling.
When did you first develop an interest in programming and how? When I built my gaming PC, I got interested in Informatics.
What might you like to study later? Software Development
If you were a fruit, what would you be? Apple
School: Inter-Community School Zurich
Where are you from?: China
Tell us something interesting about yourself? As being an indefatigable inquirer, I devoted the majority of my time on studying extensively mathematics, physics, and other fields of science, and enhancing the qualities of my works academically. I also possess interests in music as I play two instruments, and sports such as martial art
When did you first develop an interest in programming and how? My interest relating to programming was not originated in an abrupt manner, but rather from the artificial intelligence and digital world that are aggrandizing formidably with unprecedented efficiency.
About Swiss Olympiad in Informatics (SOI)
Swiss Olympiad in Informatics is a contest for high school students in programming and algorithmic problem solving. The SOI 2021 final dates are yet to be determined. Discover more HERE
Nexthink is the global leader in digital employee experience management. With headquarters in Lausanne and Boston, the company’s products allow enterprises to create highly productive digital workplaces for their employees by delivering optimal end-user experiences. Through a unique combination of real-time analytics, automation and employee feedback across all endpoints, Nexthink helps IT teams meet the needs of the modern digital workplace. Discover more HERE
Stay Tuned for regular updates about the class progress!