Opening Ceremony 27th Balkan Olympiad in Informatics

Athens College had the great pleasure and honor of hosting the Opening Ceremony of the 27th Balkan Olympiad in Informatics at its facilities in Psychico on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.  Students from 13 nations (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey) who will take part in the Competition introduced their teams and met their “competitors.”


The Hellenic team includes Athens College graduate,, Dimitris Rontogiannis (’19) as one of its regular members and Athens College senior, Thanasis Taprantzis, as an alternate.

Deputy Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Sofia Zacharaki, and Deputy Minister of Digital Policy Grigoris Zarifopoulos, honored the event with their presence.

Athens College President Richard Jackson, Deputy Minister of Education and Religious Affairs Sofia Zacharaki, as well as Deputy Minister of Digital Policy Grigoris Zarifopoulos all gave welcoming remarks, whilst former Minister of Education Prof. Kostas Gavroglou sent a message. 


Speeches were then delivered by the following: President of the Greek Computer Society, Giannis Voyatzis; Co-Director of Athens College and Coordinator of the HAEF School Units, Apostolos Athanasopoulos; Vice-Rector of the University of Western Attica, Cleo Sgouropoulou; Dean of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, Nectarios Koziris; President of the Balkan Committee, Mile Jovanov; Vice-President of the Greek Computer Society, Emmanouil Mormoris; and Vice-President of the Scientific Committee, Nikos Papaspyrou.


The event was coordinated by Panagiotis Karageorgos, President of the Organizing Committee.

Following the speeches, Nikos Tzamos, member of the Organizing Committee, introduced the student teams to the public.


In the second part of the Opening Ceremony, College students sang well-known songs while the School’s Varsity Folkdance members put on a dance program.

The Balkan Olympiad in Informatics (B.O.I. 2019) will run through September 14.  The event brings tether high school students from all the Balkan countries and is a competition in solving algorithmic problems. Solutions to the problems are submitted in the programming language of the contestants’ respective choices (Pascal, C, C++, Java), and are evaluated by the Competition’s Scientific Committee.  The event is under the auspices and of the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs and is organized by the Greek Computer Society (E.P.Y.)

Procedures, regulations and the general framework are in line with the principles governing the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI).  For more information, please refer to the website of the Balkan Olympiad in Informatics: