|Baltic Olympiad in Informatics|
|April 23-27, 2003, Tartu, Estonia|
Baltic Olympiad in Informatics is a computer programming contest for secondary school students. It was started in 1995 by the leaders of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian teams to the International Olympiad in Informatics (also known as the IOI).
The main goal of the BOI is to give the contestants an experience of an international event before they go out to the IOI. Because of this, the structure of the competition and the nature of problems posed are similar to that of the IOI.
Because the BOI has the function of a training camp and a selection round for the team leaders, the atomosphere at the BOI meetings tends to be a bit less competitive than on the IOI (not that it is overly so on the IOI).
Still, for students, the competition is for real, and the problems they have to solve are just as hard as those on the IOI. Experience from the past years suggests that winning a medal on the BOI is perhaps even harder than winning a medal on the IOI.
So far, there have been eight BOIs: