The best young SA programmers nominated for the 2021 Programming Olympiad awards

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The South African IT Olympiad, an initiative of the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA), presented the 2021 Programming Olympiad in partnership with Standard Bank. The Olympiad saw over 1,200 learners compete in two rounds, with 19 finalists from across the country taking part in the challenge final in Cape Town this month.

The winners have been announced for the 2021 National Programming Olympiad, a challenge for high school students who can use a computer programming language. The Olympiad seeks to develop coding skills among young South Africans.

The South African IT Olympiad, an initiative of the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA), presented the 2021 Programming Olympiad in partnership with Standard Bank.

Speaking at a virtual awards ceremony, Admire Gwanzura, President of IITPSA, said:. By learning the language of the future, participants are already taking the first steps towards exciting and rewarding careers in STEM and ICT.

The Olympiad saw over 1,200 learners compete in two rounds, with 19 finalists from across the country taking part in the challenge final in Cape Town recently.

In the first round, participants have to solve a number of problems using the language of their choice; however, for the second round and the final round, languages ​​are more restricted.

The Gold Medal and Standard Bank Trophy were awarded to Minkyum Kim, a grade 10 student at Reddam House Durbanville.

Silver medals were awarded to Jaedon Naidu, grade 12 at Eden College Durban; and Ruan Schoeman, Grade 9 at Midrand Homeschool.

The bronze medals went to Liam Watson, Grade 12 at Somerset College; Emmanuel Rassou, 11th grade at South African College high school; and Jacques Amsel, 11th year at Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt.

The following winners received honorable mentions:

Kenna Geleta, 11th grade at Ferdinand Postma High School

Benjamin Kleyn, Grade 11 at Parel Vallei High School

Kerry Porrill, Grade 12 Cannons Creek Independent High School

Louis van der Walt, 11th grade at Hoërskool Waterkloof

The selected participants will be registered for the International Computer Science Olympiad. Kelvin Nhlapo, Business Development Manager at IITPSA, added that each finalist also received a free student membership at IITPSA. He said: “This is how IIITPSA encourages young people to keep abreast of the ICT sector and skills development in the sector. We hope that by becoming members of IITPSA, these young people will benefit from the engagement with the Institute and its activities in their continued journey to become future professionals and ambassadors of the sector in South Africa.

To learn more about the Olympics and find out how schools and students can participate in the 2022 IT Olympics, visit Olympics & Competitions – IITPSA or by email: [email protected]

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