Sunday, 21 October 2012

International Olympiad in Informatics 2012

The Competition Hall
- during the practice session
IOI 2012 took place this year from 23rd to 30th of September. I was lucky enough to be chosen to represent Ireland, as part of the four-person team. Ireland chooses their team from the top contestants of the AIPO, in which I came fourth.

The Olympiad was challenging to say the least, none of my team got a medal, but considering it was everyone's first time (even our leaders) at an IOI, we didn't mind too much. The tasks were interesting, and all of the security around the competition was bizarre. It was by far the largest, and most serious, competition I have ever entered in my life, so the idea of quarantine was strange to me, this was when the leaders had to translate tasks, so we were banned from internet, phones and leaving our house!

Sunday, 27 May 2012

4x4x4 LED Cube

I decided to make a LED Cube, based on Arduino and as minimalist and cheap as possible. In total the build was probably about €10 and took a couple of hours (mostly of soldering). Complete with a rat nest's of point to point wiring underneath (photos after the jump).