Regulations of the Central European Olympiad
The Olympiad is organized by the Ministry of Education or another appropriate
institution of one of the eight Central European countries. According
to the rules accepted by the initiators of the CEOI, teams of eight Central
European country, i.e. Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland,
Romania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia (suspended), are invited as regular
participants. Moreover, the host country may invite guest participants as
well. The International Committee (IC) of the CEOI consists of the eight
team leaders, and a representative of the host country, who chairs the meetings
of the IC. A host which is willing to organize a CEOI in a given year
in its country, has to announce its intent at least one year before that CEOI
(during the previous CEOI competition days). Selection of the next host is
made by the IC by a majority vote. Revision of the Regulations of the CEOI
is adopted by the IC by a 2/3 majority vote. Enlarging or decreasing the set
of CEOI countries can only be adopted by consensus.
The CEOI aims at motivating secondary school students of Central Europe
to: get more interested in informatics and information technology in general,
test and prove their competence in solving problems with the help of computers,
exchange knowledge and experience with other students of similar
interest and qualification, establish personal contacts with young people of
the Central European region. Additionally, the CEOI may: provide training
for the students participating in the International Olympiad in Informatics
(IOI), initiate discussion and cooperation in informatics education in the
secondary schools of the Central European countries.
Each team is composed of up to four secondary school students, team leader
and deputy team leader. Only the cost of travel to and from the place of
the competition should be paid by teams; all local expenses are covered by
the organizers. Accompanying persons and observers are welcome, but they
should pay for their stay. Interested people are advised to contact the local
organizers. The official language is English. Students may use their native
languages. Programming problems will be formulated in English and then
translated by the team leaders to the native language of their team. Both
versions will be given to the students. Team leaders must be able to speak
and write in English, as well as the language of their team. The computers
will be IBM PC compatibles with selected software packages. Only the computers
and software with built-in help facilities provided by the organizers
may be used in the competition. In particular, the use of printed materials
and electronic devices brought by the contestants will be forbidden. The
programming languages of the contest are Pascal, C and C++; the precise
versions of these languages will be updated each year. The compilers and
programming environments for the above mentioned programming languages
will be installed on the hard disk.
Students (contestants) have to be in school during the year when the contest
is held and at most 19 years old. The team leader will be a member of the
General Assembly. Observers and persons accompanying a delegation have
to pay a fee.
General Assembly (GA) is composed of the team leaders of the participating
countries and the president nominated by the host country. General Assembly
selects problems to be solved in the competition from a set of problems
prepared and proposed by the Scientific Committee. The selection procedure
is the following: The chairperson of the Scientific Committee distributes the
proposals. Their number equals the number of problems to be solved by the
contestants. The GA members may either accept or, in case of a major ambiguity
of formulation or other serious reasons, deny the proposals by voting.
When and if a proposal is denied, another prepared proposal will be offered
to the GA. For such cases, the Scientific Committee should prepare at least
two extra proposals for each round. The text of the accepted proposals must
not be changed by the GA, except for minor rephrasing that is needed to
avoid smaller ambiguities. The selected problems will be translated by the
team leaders into the native languages of the teams.
The Scientific Committee (SC) consists of a chairperson and a number of
experts (SC members) from the host country. It becomes active well before
the beginning of the Olympiad and has the task of selecting and preparing
problem proposals. A further task of the Scientific Committee is to test and
evaluate the solutions of the contestants.
The competition consists of two rounds in two days. In both rounds the
working time is five hours and the contestants will be given three problems
to solve. The selected problems will be translated by the team leaders into the
native languages of the teams. Contestants may submit written questions to
the Scientific Committee concerning the formulation and interpretation of the
problems during the initial period of each competition round. Contestants
may use their native language when asking questions; further details will be
regulated by each year competition rules.
The host country publishes competition rules that include the description
of the competition environment and details on the course of competition at
least one before CEOI starts. No special hardware requirement or software
packages (e.g. graphic packages) will be needed to solve the problems. The
whole communication between the CEOI authorities and contestants will be
in a written form.
When the working time is over, the solutions of each of the contestant will
be checked by an evaluator. The evaluation is based on the test data and the
responses of the programs only. The evaluation procedure concludes with the
meeting of the Scientific Committee, where the evaluation reports are discussed.
Potential disagreements are dissolved by voting. Achieving a proper
and balanced evaluation is the responsibility of the Scientific Committee. If a
team leader does not accept the results of the evaluation, he/she may appeal
to the General Assembly. Finally, the president of SC or IC presents the
anonymous results to the General Assembly to take final decisions.
Results and Prizes
The General Assembly will determine the minimum scores for the gold, silver
and bronze medals. The proportion of these gold, silver and bronze medals
should be approximately 1:2:3. About 50% of the contestants should receive
medals. Each contestant will receive a certificate of participation. The
medals, certificates and other prizes will be given to the contestants at the
official closing ceremony.