12 September 2017
On the evening of September 12th, in the Aula of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” was held the official closing and awarding ceremony of the first European Junior Olympiad in Informatics eJOI (http://ejoi.org/) A total of 8 gold, 14 silver and 22 bronze medals were handed to the most talented young programmers of all 22 participating countries, members of the Council of Europe.
First in the ranking by number of points and a gold medalist of eJOI is Nikoloz Birkadze (Georgia). Certainly the most successful team at the first edition of eJOI was Russia with a total of three gold medals for Ildar Gainullin, Egor Lifar and Aleksander Shekhovtsov. The other contestants awarded with gold medals were Martin Kopchev (Bulgaria), Kresimir Nezmah (Croatia), Sofiia Melnyk (Ukraine) and Matei Tinca (Romania).
The honorees of silver medals of eJOI are: Daniil Ostashev, Nazarii Denha and Maksym Nikitenko (Ukraine),Tiberiu-Ioan Musat, George-Alexandru Rapeanu and Matei-Mihai Mirica (Romania), Zahari Marinov and Konstantin Kamenov (Bulgaria), Teimuraz Toloraia and Ioane Kapanadze (Georgia), Fedor Kuyanov (Russia), Anastasios Panagopoulos (Greece), Charalambos Georgiou (Cyprus) and Patrik Pavic (Croatia). Three of the Bulgarian contestants from the second Bulgarian team, participating off the ranking – Marin Yordanov, Andon Todorov and Dobrin Bashev also deserved silver medals.
Bronze medalists of eJOI are Dorijan Lendvaj and Eugen Bosnyak (Croatia), Erwin Deng and Gregorie Le Corre (France), Samvel Andreasyan (Armenia), Abutalib Namazov (Azerbaijan), Victor Melinceanu (Moldova), Andres Alumets (Estonia), Giorgi Kobakhia (Georgia), Veljko Radic and Aleksa Miljkovic (Serbia), Admir Zatega (Bosna and Herzegovina), Darijan Shekerov (The Former Yogoslav Republic of Macedonia), Evangelos Pipis (Greece), Anna Lili Horvath and Marcell Balazs Kovacs (Hungary), Viktor Kozhuharov and Georgi Petkov (Bulgaria), Panagiotis Chatzimichos (Cyprus) and Christos Falas (Cyprus). All four contestants of the team of Poland – Mikolaj Wolinski, Mikolaj Bulge, Dominik Wawszczak and Krzysztof Olejniczak were also awarded with bronze medals.
The official closing ceremony of eJOI was attended by Prof. Dr. Anastas Gerdzhikov, Dean of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, host of the event, as well as by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria Tomislav Donchev.
“I would like to thank everyone here that the first European Junior Olympiad in Informatics is taking place in Bulgaria“, said in his speech Prof. Dr. Anastas Gerdzhikov, Dean of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. He expressed gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of eJOI and admitted that he is happy to see Bulgaria being a pioneer in the field again.
The Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria Tomislav Donchev congratulated the organizers for all the efforts they have made in order for eJOI to happen in the best possible way. “This is an investment of the most valuable type – an investment in human capital“, said Donchev. “When you have a command of a programming language, you can create new worlds and you are much closer to the rhythm of the universe. If you are really good programmers, you can really create new worlds”, added Donchev.
Excited by the successful closing of the Olympiad and the honor to be the first elected President of eJOI, Prof. Krassimir Manev said: “The best young programmers of Europe are gathered here today.” He acknowledged his colleagues and the guides of eJOI. “I`m exceptionally content with how eJOI was held”, concluded Prof. Manev.
During the ceremony it was announced that the next host country of eJOI will be Russia. Russia is the country with the best team performance in the first edition of the Olympiad.