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Aрхивите разказват за първите състезания по информатика.
The archives tell about the first competitions in informatics.

Part I. National competitions

Author(s): Pavel Azalov
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Education, School education, Higher Education
Published by: Математика плюс Х ЕООД
Keywords: programming competitions; computer science olympiads; National Olympiad in Informatics; NOI; National Spring Informatics Tournament

Summary/Abstract: The article discusses the key events leading to the ideation, initiation, and establishment of the first programming contests for high school students in Bulgaria. The competitions preceding the First National Olympiad in Informatics (NOI) are presented in detail. More specifically, they include the programming contests, initiated by the author and held in Shoumen, Plovdiv and Pazardjik in 1982, 1983, and 1984 respectively. At the time, the main programming language used was FORTRAN for IBM/360 compatible computers. Next, the first NOI is discussed at length. Some of the subsequent NOIs are also outlined. The paper also includes facts about the Winter Mathematics Competitions and the high school student competitions held during the Spring Conferences of the Union of Bulgarian Mathematicians. A brief historical data about the Spring Tournament in Informatics is also presented. Due to its factual nature, the article contains an extensive list of references, including text excerpts, citations, pictures, and other relevant materials, supporting the historical facts related to the competitions in Informatics.

  • Issue Year: 29/2021
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 10-33
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Bulgarian