Significant changes from last year’s rules are highlighted.
The HKOI 2020/21 is comprised of the Heat Event and the Final Event. The competition focuses on problem-solving, basic algorithms, data structures and programming techniques.
The HKOI 2020/21 is divided into two groups, namely the Junior Group and Senior Group, according to the age of the participants. Students born on or after 1st July 2004 are eligible for the Junior Group whereas those born on or after 1st July 2001 are eligible for the Senior Group. Each student may only participate in one group.
Each day secondary school in Hong Kong will be allowed to nominate up to 16 students, including 8 Senior Group nominees and 8 Junior Group nominees, to participate in the HKOI 2020/21.
Questions will be available in both Chinese and English versions. Verbal instructions will be given in Cantonese. For participants who do not understand Cantonese, instructions in Putonghua or English will be provided on request.
Contestants should note that photos may be taken and publicized for promotional purposes.
Prevention Measures, Health Declaration
Contestants must carefully read and abide by our Prevention Measures. They must check their body temperature, bring their completed Health Declaration Form to the competition venue. Contestants making false, incomplete or misleading declaration will disqualified from the competition.
If there are further local outbreaks of COVID-19 that the EDB announces the suspension of in-person classes, the competition will be adjusted as follows unless otherwise announced:
Heat Event: Postponed until in-person classes are resumed.
Final Event: Postponed until in-person classes are resumed or held online. If to be held online, students will be required to stream their computer screen and camera to the invigilators and the streams will be recorded. Eligible finalists can choose to compete online or withdraw from the competition at their discretion. Schools and teachers should take this possibility into account when nominating students and respect their decisions on whether to compete in the online Final Event.