Learn everything you need to know for the first round at our workshops
Note: This page is about the workshops from November 2021 which are already over.
We invite you to two workshop-weekends. They serve as an opportunity to get started with algorithms and competitive programming. No prior knowledge is required, though being good at maths and having some experience with programming can be an advantage. Participating at the workshops is free and we even reimburse your train tickets (see FAQ below). For attendance at the on-site workshops we require a COVID certificate.
The workshop is split up into part 1 and part 2 and a follow-up online session (referred to as part 3). Part 1 and 2 each take take place at a whole weekend. You can choose whether you want to participate in Zurich, Lausanne or participate on one of the alternative dates in Bern or online. Part 3 will only take place online on a Sunday afternoon and early evening. During the Part 3 online workshop you’ll be able to ask questions, have some extra training and get another lecture.
This year we will carry out the workshops in two separate tracks: Beginner and Advanced. In the Beginner track the focus will be on setting up C++ and the syntax of C++. While in the Advanced track the focus will be on algorithms used in the first round and solving theoretical tasks.
- Part 1:
- Beginner: We cover basic concepts needed to solve the first round in C++, such as: Input / Output, Data types, Control flow and Containers. We’ll hands-on practice solving tasks and discuss solutions.
- Advanced: C++ introduction for participants only familiar with other programming languages, Scanline, Greedy, Ad Hoc, Runtime and Theoretical tasks.
- Part 2:
- Beginner: Introduction to Dynamic Programming, Greedy / Ad Hoc, Theoretical tasks. There will be lots of old SOI tasks to practice what you learned in this and the previous weekend.
- Advanced: A presentation on Dynamic Programming and Graphs as well as lots of practical problem solving to apply the theory in practice.
- Part 3:
- Ask questions about the topics of the previous workshops or get help with a task you’re stuck on.
- Bonus lecture on a previously uncovered topic
- Some additional tasks to practice
- 23./24.10: Zurich (German, English)
- 23./24.10: Lausanne (French, English)
- 30./31.10: Bern (German, English)
- 30./31.10: Online (German, English, French)
- 30./31.10: Bern (German, English)
- 6./7.11: Zurich (German, English)
- 6./7.11: Lausanne (French, English)
- 13./14.11: Online (German, English, French)
- 14.11: Online (German, English, French)
Note: You can only take part in either part 1 or part 2 in Bern, since both parts are only offered on the same weekend. You need to do the other part in Zurich, Lausanne or online.
During all of these weekends, you can talk to us in German, French or English. The tasks will be available in all three languages. Even if you are not so fluent in, say, French and attend a French workshop, you probably will be able to follow most of it just fine.
We provide the option to stay over night from Saturday to Sunday. We will stay in the local youth hostel. You’ll share the room with other people from SOI of the same gender. During the overnight stay only the protective measurements of the youth hostel apply.
As said, we do not expect any prior knowledge from you. But you will profit the most if you have learned the basics in some programming language before. We teach C++ even though C++ is not the easiest language to start with.
If you are completely new and want to get started as fast as possible, we recommend that you refer to the training page.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic we take several measures during all onsite workshops:
- Participants are required to have a Swiss Covid Certificate and need to be able to show it together with a identification document. Information about the swiss covid certificate
- Inside the building, wearing a mask will be obligatory. We will eat lunch outdoors and participants who want to practice social distancing during lunch will have enough space to do so.
- In case the national covid guidelines become more restrictive or the location where the workshop is taking place has additional requirements, we’ll inform you ahead of the workshops about the additional restrictions.
- Even with a valid covid certificate, participants showing symptoms are not allowed to participate.
Interested? Then please fill in the registration form:
The workshop from October 2021 is already over, therefore the registration has been closed. We hope to see you next year.
The number of spots is limited and we will consider registrations by order of registration date.
We can only guarantee an overnight stay in the youth hostel if you sign up before Wednesday 20.10 . We will inform you whether you can stay overnight, if you choose to stay overnight and sign up later than the 20.10.
For questions ask us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward to seeing you!
- meet like-minded people from all over Switzerland,
- learn those topics from experts and let them help you debug your code and
- enjoy a friendly but competitive atmosphere.
Besides the lectures and tons of time for coding and solving problems, we will also have some quizzes and card games.