The final round of the Technocup Annual Olympiad in Programming for the 8th- to 11th-form students was held at South Ural State University on March 1.
The Olympiad is being held since the 2015/2016 academic year, and Mail.Ru Group is its permanent organizer. According to Viktor Mamin, Deputy Governor of the Chelyabinsk Region, the Technocup Olympiad is the first joint project of Mail.Ru Group, SUSU and general-education institutions of the Chelyabinsk Region.
“We are glad that the Olympiad was held at the university and students had an opportunity to take part in it without the need to leave their own region. We hope that the collaboration with Mail.Ru Group would help us and our general educational institutions to improve the quality of training IT-specialists and keep up with the current trends in this field.”
Viktor Mamin noted that, ultimately, this event would provide certain changes in terms of the Digital Economics National Project fulfilment, which is the main priority for us.
One of the key fields of development of South Ural State University is digital industry. In this regard, a new program on information technologies and programming for students was created.
“This year we will be offering a programme on information technologies in English. I think Mail.Ru Group would be really interested to help us with it. This is a completely unique programme not only for the Chelyabinsk Region but for the whole Russia as well,” says Aleksandr Shestakov, SUSU Rector.
This year, the Technocup Olympiad was held in 11 cities in Russia and 6 cities in the CIS countries. These cities were chosen according to the number of finalists from them, and the venues were organized in major universities.
On March 1, South Ural State University became one of the venues for the final round. Sergey Mardanov, Director of University Relations at Mail.Ru Group, was one of the main guests of the event.
“This year, about five thousand contestants participated in selection rounds. About eight hundred of them made it to the finals. Today, in computer classes, the students were solving problems in programming. Later we will know who became the prize-winners of the Olympiad. The certificates that they will receive will be valid for 4 years from the date of issue.”
Ekaterina Shilyaeva, 10th-form student, took part in the Olympiad. Technocup is not the first Olympiad for her. Last year, she took the 40th place Russia-wide. Ekaterina has already been programming for a long time.
“I want to improve my result and win the certificate. I am motivated by good results. Already back in the 5th form I was really good at writing simple programmes, and my teachers motivated me to continue to do this. As a result, I managed to achieve quite good results in various Olympiads.”
The Olympiad winners will be granted certain privileges while enrolling to the educational projects of Mail.Ru Group. The lists of winners will be announced in Vkontakte on the official page of the Technocup Olympiad.