APIO meeting on 19 August 2010 at IOI 2010 in Waterloo, Canada
Meeting opened at 9:35am.
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Sri Lanka
- United Arab Emirates
The meeting was informally chaired by Madhavan Mukund from India.
- China was thanked for hosting the 2010 APIO.
- Iran was acknowledged as the host for APIO 2011.
- Japan expressed interest in hosting APIO 2012 and was chosen as the future
host for 2012.
- Question raised: Should next year's APIO follow the format of the
IOI? (Library-based tasks, extended time limits, etc).
- Thailand is hosting IOI 2011, so could cooperate with Iran for APIO 2011.
- By default, the proposal is to stay with the traditional format.
- If possible then Iran/Thailand will experiment with the new task formats.
- The grading system used by IOI 2010 may be released publically, so is a
possibility for APIO 2011.
- Question raised by China: Should the APIO have a formal committee, and a
formal chairperson to run meetings?
- Currently, there is no APIO committee. Is it not well-defined who is
responsible chairing meetings or for ensuring APIO-related matters are
- A proposal was made for a committee of 5 members:
- 2 elected members
- 3 members: one from each delegation who has or will host the latest
- The 3 delegations for APIO 2010, 2011 and 2012 (China, Iran and Japan)
- Australia and India were elected for a term of one year.
- Question raised by China: Should there be an upper limit on the number of
sites per delegation?
- There were several delegations with many (5-8) sites this year, which was
tedious for the host to manage and made it prone to miscommunication.
- Some delegations (Australia, India, Japan were noted) require 5-8 sites due
to both logistical constraints and contestant's schedules.
- It was suggested that each delegation could nominate a single contact person
who would then be responsible for interacting with the host APIO
committee, rather than individual site hosts. This would ease
the administrative burden on the host.
- Question raised by Iran: Do we want to have an olympiad where delegations
travel to a central location?
- Iran may offer to host a contest site so that delegations could fly to a
central location to compete.
- Indonesia would also be willing to host an on-site contest.
- It would not be compulsory for competing delegations to attend.
- It would need a strict upper limit on number of students per site.
- As the contest is very early in the year, many delegations have not yet
chosen their teams.
- Many delegations do not have the budget to send students to a
regional contest in addition to the IOI.
- Iran will decide if they want to offer this option for APIO 2011.
- China gave a report on APIO 2010:
- 19 delegations competed
- 51 contestants got medals
- 9 gold, 16 silver, 26 bronze
- 12 delegations got medals
- Thanks to Madhavan (India) and Jittat (Thailand) for assisting
with task preparation.
- Thanks to all delegations for participating.
- Dates for APIO 2011:
- Lots of exams in India around March/April
- Proposal for 7 or 14 May 2011.
- Most in favour of 7 May 2011.
- 7 May 2011 is a holiday in Korea.
- Decided on Saturday 7 May 2011.
- Question raised by Australia: Do we want to standardise on a license for
- At the IOI workshop, a wiki was discussed that could collect tasks from
regional contests such as the APIO.
- Ideally, tasks would be licensed so that other delegations could reuse them
for team training.
- The Creative Commons BY licence was proposed: it would allow people to
use the tasks in private contests. Any public use or redistribution would
require attribution to the original task creator.
- Iran will consider this for next year.
- Australia will pursue past hosts to negotiate the licence for past
Meeting closed at 10:05am.