1st European Girls' Olympiad in Informatics
13 - 19 June 2021, Zurich Switzerland
What is the EGOI?
The European Girls' Olympiad in Informatics (EGOI) is a new programming competition just for girls. Inspired by the success of the European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad we want to create a similar competition in Informatics. The format of the competition will be similar to established competitions such as the International Olympiad in Informatics or the Central European Olympiad in Informatics.
The main part of the event will be two contests. During the contest the contestants will solve challenging problems by designing and implementing efficient algorithms. The competition is accompanied by social events such as excursions to give the participants time to get to know each other.
The first edition of EGOI will be held in June 2021 in Zurich, Switzerland. It is organized by the Swiss Olympiad in Informatics.
In the following years, the competition will be hosted by a different participating country each year.
In many countries, far less women than men decide to study or work in the field of Computer Sciences. This gender gap is even more pronounced in the Olympiad in Informatics.
The goal of EGOI is to provide a platform for young women to enjoy and deepen their interest in Computer Science. Our goals are:
To encourage young women to participate: The stereotype of Computer Science being something only for men persists. Many young women do not even consider a participation, even though they would have talent and would enjoy it. This is where our competition comes in: girls who may not have the courage to participate at an Olympiad in Informatics feel included and directly addressed. This allows them to find the self-confidence to participate.
To create female role models: The participants get to know other female Computer Scientists and can find female role models for themselves. This is important, as most attachment figures are male (e.g. teachers, professors, Computer Science stars).
To promote european cultural exchange: We want to create an european competitive programming contest that takes advantage of the open borders within europe and keep the ecological footprint of the competition small due to the short travel distances. We also seek to fill the gap between big international competitions and small competitions between a few neighboring countries.