Computer Olympiad

The aims of the Olympiad are to:

- Identify, encourage and reward computer aptitude
- Promote and encourage computer studies
- Create an awareness of career opportunities in ICT

The IITPSA Computer Olympiad is one of the oldest and largest competitions of its kind in the world and has been held since 1984. We know that participation will encourage some young people who would not have done so otherwise, to consider a career in ICT.

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Trustees

The Computer Olympiad is a project of the Institute of IT Professionals South Africa (IITPSA). Its aim is to identify, encourage, and reward programming aptitude. To this end a trust, the South African Computer Olympiad Trust has been established. Trustees are appointed by IITPSA and the University of Cape Town. Seven members make up the Management Committee

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Mike Chiles (Trustee) has been involved with ICT in Education for most of his adult life. He retired from the Western Cape Education Department as Director: e-Learning and Library Services. He is currently the CEO of e-Schools' Network

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Donald Cook (Trustee) is a former lecturer in the Computer Science Department at the University of Cape Town. He has also been involved in the Computer Olympiad since the beginning and managed the Scientific Committee from 1995 to 2007.

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Berto De Freitas is BIO Group Human Resources Manager at Standard Bank CIB, and is focused on Talent Management and Leadership Development. Standard Bank is the main sponsor of the Computer Olympiad.

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Moira de Roche (Trustee) is a Director and Past President of the Institute of IT Professionals and currently serves as Honorary Treasurer of the IITPSA. Moira made education a priority during her presidency.

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James Gain (Trustee) is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Cape Town. He currently manages the Scientific Committee which sets the questions and tests the solutions. This committee is mainly made up of past Olympiad participants.

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Peter Waker (Trustee) has spent all his adult life in education – the last 35 years in IT and education. He is a founding member of the Computer Olympiad and a trustee of the Olympiad Trust.

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Michael Cameron is the Manager of the Computer Olympiad. He believes that the Trust is uniquely positioned to enhance computational thinking in South Africa. His appointment in 2016 follows a career as a teacher and Chief Education Specialist in the Western Cape Education Department.

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