This year, the European Girls’ Olympiad in Informatics (EGOI) was held for the second time, where the competitors had to solve competitive programming tasks. Three of the four members of the Hungarian team won bronze medals at the competition in Antalya, Turkey (their school and specific placement in brackets):
The fourth member of the Hungarian team, Boglárka Nagy from Kölcsey Ferenc Main High School in Satu Mare, Romania, also scored well, finishing in the middle of the field in 50th place in the competition, which was attended by around 100 secondary school students from 44 countries.
The Hungarian student Olympians prepared for the competition under the John von Neumann Computer Society (NJSZT) Talent Management Program, with the support of the National Talent Program and the strategic management consultancy Boston Consulting Group. The latter company offered the highest scoring Hungarian contestant, Julia Éles, a visiting associate position as a special prize, which she can complete after her second year at the university.
Júlia Éles won the silver medal in the first edition of the competition last year, when she was a student at the Kölcsey Ferenc Main High School in Satu Mare. “The possibility of creation is what attracted me most to computer science: you can create something from an empty file with just a few lines of code. For me, that’s the beauty of computer science,” the student from ELTE’s Faculty of Computer Science told the ELTE website.
In its report on this year’s competition, the NJSZT stressed that the EGOI was organised to encourage young girls to get involved in computer science, as there are fewer women than necessary working as computer scientists, both in the world and in Hungary. “Experience shows that many girls do not choose a career in the ICT sector because decades-old stereotypes still lead many to believe that it is a masculine profession, but wrongly so,” said NJSZT.
According to KSH data, in the academic year 2021/22, a total of about 22,000 students were studying IT in higher education (bachelor and master) in Hungary, of which about 3,400 were female students, which corresponds to a 15 percent share.
Recently, we reported that the Pro Progressio Foundation, which is affiliated to the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), has established an award for secondary school teachers named after the first Hungarian female engineer, Eszter Pécsi. The aim of the prize is to prepare as many secondary school girls as possible for careers in engineering and natural sciences.
We also reported on another Hungarian student success recently: in the web development category, BME student Botond Sisák was awarded the silver medal at the World Skills Competition.