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 ( 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.

Congratulations, everyone!

12 September 2017

Before noon today, all participants and team leaders taking part in eJOI arrived at the National History Museum in Sofia to see some of the most prominent artifacts of Bulgarian history. Our partners from Mentalist organized a special treasure hunt challenge and everyone had fun. There are few hours left until the awarding ceremony this evening at Sofia Univerity “St. Kliment Ohridski”.

11 September 2017

In the late afternoon after the second contest day of eJOI, the team leaders and contestants from all 22 participating countries explored Sofia and visited some historical and cultural places of interest, feeling the atmosphere of the capital city of Bulgaria.

Among the highlights of their tour were the church “St. Nedelya”, the buildings of the National Assembly and the Council of Ministers, the National Palace of Culture, the National Theater and “Alexander Nevski” Cathedral.

11 September 2017

The second and final contest day of the first European Junior Olympiad in Informatics eJOI is officially over. After another four hours of hard work, everyone enjoyed lunch and took a group photo to capture this emotional moment in front of “John Atanasoff” Forum in Sofia Tech Park. Results and appeals are being reviewed this afternoon and the medals will be allocated to the best contestants. Winners will be acknowledged at an official ceremony tomorrow evening.

11 September 2017

Second and final contest day of eJOI today at Sofia Tech Park. Half an hour left and the system will automatically terminate at 1:00PM.  All contestants will be overwhelmed with emotions when they first meet their team leaders minutes after the end of the contest. The medalists and the next host country of eJOI will be announced at the official awarding ceremony at 6:00PM on September 12th in the Aula of Sofia Uniersity “St. Kliment Ohridski”.

10 September 2017

Today was  a day to explore the cultural and historical heritage of Bulgaria for all contestants and team leaders taking part in eJOI. They traveled to the beautiful city of Plovdiv where they saw some of the most prominent places of interest among which the Small Basilica and the Roman Stadium. In the end of their visit, they took a group photo to capture the moment at the Ancient Theater. They had fun and gathered a lot of new impressions which recharged them for tomorrow`s second and final contest day.

9 September 2017

After four hours of hard work at the computers, in the afternoon of the first contest day all teams taking part in the first European Junior Olympiad in Informatics had some fun time at Muzeiko – a very popular children` s interactive museum and scientific center in Sofia.

eJOI Online Contest

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in 3 hours after the beginning of the first competition day

9 September 2017

Contest day 1 just started at 9:00AM at “John Atanasoff” Forum in Sofia Tech Park.  Everyone is excited and ready to show their knowledge and skills. The teams of all 22 countries have 4 hours to solve 3 problems. The total number of points they could achieve for today is 300. Real-time results can be followed at the scoreboard on our website.

The second and final contest day will be held between 9:00AM and 1:00PM on September 11th (Monday) also the “John Atanasoff” Forum at Sofia Tech Park. The culmination of the contest will be the final at 1:00PM, when the system will automatically terminate, the doors of the contest hall will open and the emotions of the contestants will reach their peak when they meet their team leaders for the first time seconds after the end.

In parallel with the final hours of the contest, on September 11th at 11:00AM also at “John Atanasoff” Forum at Sofia Tech Park the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy will organize a concomitant event to eJOI, which will mark the beginning of the campaign „Find me, understand me, accept me”. The campaign has the aim to modify social attitude towards disadvantaged kids and juveniles who need support, understanding and help in their development. The event will be in the form of discussion about the possibilities for personal development of children and young people, living in residential services. The representatives of non-governmental organizations, state institutions and business have the chance to discuss the opportunities and the right approach to disadvantaged kids, who have the potential to develop their skills and talents. Guests to the event will be the family and the trainer of a young boy  successful in the area of information technologies. His talent proves that different children can have a lifestyle of full value when they receive adequate support by society.

After the end of the contest, a President of the European Junior Olympiad in Informatics  eJOI will be elected and a governmental structure will be formed. Also, the results and appeals will be reviewed and medals will be allocated.

The next host country of eJOI will be announced at the official closing and awarding ceremony on September 12th (Tuesday) at 6:00PM  in the Aula of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. A total of 8 Gold, 15 Silver and 22 Bronze medals will be awarded to the brightest young minds of Europe in competitive programming.

8 September 2017

The first European Junior Olympiad in Informatics eJOI was launched today with an official ceremony in the Aula of the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.

Attending the ceremony and greeting the teams and guests were the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel and the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria Krassimir Valchev. The European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics sent his greetings to all participants from Brussels, wishing them success in this fundamental undertaking. Amongst the official guests were the ambassadors from the participating countries as well as representatives from the institutions and businesses who supported the event.

“To me it is a great pleasure and honor to attend the opening ceremony of the first European Junior Olympiad. Digital technologies are the fastest developing sector of modern economy. You are privileged to have access to new technologies from an early age“, said Rumen Radev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria. “Developing complex algorithms, converting them into a specific programming language, aligning them with the requirements of the operating systems and the powerful hardware, you not only set up the technical progress, you set up the model of human behavior, you control the future,“ added Radev.

“Let me thank you, dear young people, for responding to the challenge of digital change in our economy and society in the most dignifying way – by participating, by forming it and by defining it,“ said in her speech during the ceremony Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. „From today onwards, all participants in this Olympiad have a new mission – you are the ambassadors of the future“, said Maria Gabriel full of excitement.

During his official speech to all contestants, team leaders and organizers, the Minister of education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria Krassimir Valchev said: “This venue where we are now fills me with optimism for the future. What you are going to achieve in the following years will not be developing of specific programs on your computers, it will be developing and programming of the future of our society“.

Fueled by excitement meeting the talented youngsters, Mario Bakalov, pilot of the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380, shared his professional path at the ceremony. “Your passion are information technologies. I also have a passion – the Airbus A380. Passion was a key driver to my success, so I congratulate you on your passion for computers”, said Bakalov.

In the very end of the ceremony, the Olympiad was officially announced open by the four initiators – Prof. Krassimir Manev, Biserka Yovcheva, Alexey Hristov and Elena Marinova, accompanied on stage by the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel, the Minister of Education and Science Krassimir Valchev. The initiators of eJOI were very thrilled and emotional as their dream turned into reality.

Teams from 22 Council of Europe member states arrived in Sofia to take part in eJOI. Being a host, Bulgaria is the only country to participate with two teams whilst all others compete for medals with one four-person team.

eJOI has two competition days – the 9th and 11th of September – taking place at the Sofia Tech Park. Results can be followed live on the eJOI website. The climax of the competition will be the final at 13:00 on September the 11th (Monday) in the “John Atanasoff” Forum, Sofia Tech Park. Participants’ emotions will peak as they learn their rankings seconds after the competition ends, sharing victory and disappointment with their team leaders.

The medalists will be announced at a gala closing ceremony at 18:00h on the 12th of September.

The eJOI agenda includes a number of cultural and social events for the participants.


8 September 2017

All teams are here and ready for the training session between 10:00 and 11:30 today at Forum “John Atanasoff” at  Sofia Tech Park.

5 September 2017

The first team arrived for eJOI at Sofia Airport! We just welcomed the team leaders and contestants from Georgia and are excited to meet all other participants in the following two days.

4 September 2017

We are excited that eJOI is coming in a few days!

Before the launch and official opening ceremony of the first European Junior Olympiad in Informatics on September 8th, we would like to show appreciation to the support of all partners – Sofia High School of Mathematics,  National High School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Union of Bulgarian Mathematicians, Plovdiv Municipality, Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, the American University in Bulgaria, New Bulgarian University, Shumen University “Episkop Konstantin Preslavski”, Bulgarian Association of Information Technologies (BAIT), Bulgarian Association of Software Companies, (BASSCOM), Digital National Coalition, CodeIT, eSkills For Future, Cisco, Solytron, HP, Telus, Muzeiko, Mentalist, Association 365, Samsonite Business, ATG, Doma, Roobar and Bulgarian Careers Fair.

Also, we say a big THANK YOU to all corporate and individual contributors – Experian, Leanplum, Milen Manev, Yavor Kolarov, Svetlin Nakov, Valentin Mihov and our anonymous contributors, as well as to our media partners spreading the word about eJOI – Bulgarian National Radio, bTV, Trud, 24 chasa,,,,, Shumenska zarja,

28 August 2017

ScaleFocus, Sirma Group, Ubisoft, VMWare and Walltopia are also among our Bronze sponsors. We really appreciate their support and contribution to eJOI!

28 August 2017

We are happy that eJOI is starting in less than two weeks! We would like to acknowledge the Bronze sponsors of the first European Junior Olympiad in Informatics and to express our gratitude to Ciela Norma, Devin, Fibank, HyperScience, Predistic and Programista;.

25 August 2017

The initiators and organization team of eJOI highly appreciate the support of the Silver sponsors of the competition – we are thankful to Chaos Group, Georgi Chilikov Foundation, Milara International, SAP and Telerik Academy.

24 August 2017

The organization committee of the first European Junior Olympiad in Informatics eJOI is thankful to all sponsors and supporters of the competition. We would like to express our gratitude to the Gold Sponsors of the Olympiad: Abrites Automotive Solutions, America for Bulgaria Foundation and Telelink.

24 August 2017

We are proud and honoured that Maria Gabriel, the European Commissioner of Digital Economy and Society is also a patron of eJOI. The Olympiad is as well endorsed by the Bulgarian members of the European Parliament.

12 July 2017

Registration of the contestants has already begun. So far 8 teams have been registered – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Romania, Russia, Slovenia.

10 April 2017

22 countries will participate in the First European Junior Olympiad in Informatics.

10 April 2017

VMware, Scale Focus and Experian Date Quality are our Bronze Sponsors for the First EJOI, on 7-14th of September, 2017.

10 April 2017

Chaos Group a recognized worldwide leader in computer graphics, the very first Bulgarian company honored with Oscar in 2017 for its work, is a Silver Sponsor for EJOI, which makes us really happy to have such Partner on our side.

10 April 2017

SAP labs – the market leader in enterprise application software are the first Silver Sponsor of EJOI. We are thankful for the support!

10 April 2017

We are glad to announce that Mr. Rumen Radev, the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, will attend, and participate at the official Opening ceremony of the First European Junior Olympiad in Informatics (EJOI), on the 8th of September, 2017 in Sofia city.

31 March 2017

We have an update – the due date to register in EJOI is posponed untill 10th of April. We are waiting for your applications!

25 March 2017

Participants update N 2: Republic of Armenia and Republic of Macedonia joined the participant countries circle in the first European Junior Olympiad in Informatics. With them the competing nations in this new contest have become 14!

1 March 2017

Participants update N 1: We are happy to announce that by 1st of March the following countries have confirmed their participation at EJOI: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Estonia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia and Serbia. More countries are expected to confirm their participation by the end of March.

21 February 2017

Walltopia, the world leader in climbing wall design and manufacturing, is an official partner of EJOI! All EJOI participants will have the chance to meet them during the contest in Sofia!

September 2016

The Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science officially accepted to be an institutional partner of the Olympiad and has included it in its annual calendar plan.

August 2016

The European commissioner of education, culture, youth and sport Tibor Navracsics has accepted the invitation to be a patron of the Olympiad by participating in the official ceremonies personally or with video message.