NOI.PH is a group of programmers and educators committed to helping improve the IT education in the country. On a purely voluntary basis, the group conducts online and (sometimes) on-site programming training to high school students. They also hold a competition also called the National Olympiad in Informatics PH joined by hundreds of students from all over the Philippines. The top four students in the competition are selected to be the country's representative to the International Olympiad in Informatics.
Within just a few months, our contestants this year have managed to answer professional-grade coding problems, a highly-valued skill in the tech industry. Most of our contestants and alumni have decided to pursue careers in STEM as well. Moreover, Filipino students who are able to compete and place well in the IOI are exposed to many opportunities, foremost of which is preference in admission to prestigious universities here and abroad. Encouraging students to learn programming, sustaining their interest, and providing materials for practice are crucial if we want to build a world-class talent pool and become a formidable force in the tech industry. We humbly ask you to support our efforts in helping improve the fields of science and technology in the country, and give the kids – and the Philippines – a chance to shine.
ABOUT THE NOI
NOI.PH is an individual competition for Filipino high school students, with a focus on problem-solving skills in mathematics and knowledge in computer programming. It is the official qualifier for the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), considered the most prestigious programming event of its kind. NOI.PH is officially endorsed by the Department of Science and Technology – Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) – now the DICT.
ABOUT THE IOI
The IOI is one in a set of five prestigious international science olympiads. Its primary goal is to stimulate interest in informatics (computing science) and information technology. It also brings together exceptionally talented pupils from various countries and to have them share scientific and cultural experiences.
Winning the IOI is highly-regarded by universities from around the world. IOI medalists are guaranteed admissions in universities such as the University of Waterloo in Canada, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), among others, as well as preference in admissions for universities such as Harvard University and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
ABOUT THE 2017 TEAM
Every year, NOI is joined by hundreds of Filipino high school students eager to learn programming and compete at the highest level. Participation in both NOI and IOI not only exposes them to various opportunities here and abroad but has also been instrumental in encouraging more students to pursue careers in STEM. Your generosity will help these students compete in the IOI this year.
Farrell Wu has won in a number of global competitions, including gold medals in both the International Math Olympiad (IMO) and the Australian Mathematics Competition. He was part of the IOI team last year and has posted good results in the said competition.
Franz Cesista has competed and placed well in various regional and national science and programming competitions. In his spare time, he works on side projects in machine learning and helps other students learn programming. He hopes to obtain a scholarship in a university where he can study artificial intelligence.
Robin Yu is a two-time medalist at the IOI and a gold medalist at the recently-concluded 20th Singapore National Olympiad in Informatics. He is interested in game development and has published a number of platformers and rhythm games. He hopes to study in a good university and wishes to do his part in the improvement of the scientific culture of his country.
Kim Bryann Tuico is very fond of Mathematics and Science. He has been handling the Mathematics Club and Computer Society Club in his school as an officer for 2 years now. He also has placed in different Programming Contest like Java Cup in the University of the Philippines and Singapore NOI. During his free time, he can be seen playing computer games while listening to the music. He plans to take up Computer Science in college.
Jared Guissmo Asuncion is this year's Deputy Team Leader. Jared studied Mathematics in UP Diliman and taught in the same university for two years. During this period, he was then invited to take up a Masters degree in Algebra, Geometry, and Number Theory in Europe under an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. In 2016, he graduated under the double degree course, obtaining diplomas from Universiteit Leiden (Netherlands) and Université de Bordeaux (France).
Kevin Atienza is this year's Team Leader. Kevin has won numerous international awards from competitions in college. He is one of only a handful of Filipinos who have qualified for the ACM-ICPC World Finals. He is also a prominent judge and problem setter in the international algorithmic programming contest community. Last 2016, he won second place in the Google Code Jam World Finals held last July in New York City, making him the only Filipino to join and win the said contest. This year he RANKED FIRST in the penultimate of the Google Code Jam and will go to the finals again in August.