On 30 May, the final of the 9th international information technologies Olympics "IT-Planet 2015/2016" concluded in Ekaterinburg, at Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin. "IT-Planet 2015/2016" is one of the largest IT competitions in Russia. The event is aimed at bringing together universities and businesses of Russia and CIS countries to increase quality of IT education.
51 participants were among winners of 15 contests held within the final competition. A fourth year student of the Faculty of Computer Sciences from Voronezh State University, Oleg Shipilov, won the contest "Programming: SQL".
The final included about 300 participants from 158 cities. During 2015/2016 academic year they demonstrated their excellence in Information Technologies and successfully completed various theoretical and practical tasks of the qualifying stages. Among the finalists were students and graduates of colleges and universities from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Armenia.
The final of the Olympics took place between 27 and 30 May. The first day the finalists had to solve practical tasks and defend their works in the following nominations: "Computerised Information Systems", "Databases", "Programming", "Telecom", "Mobile Platforms", "Digital Creative Work", and "Copyleft Software and Robotics". The contests were organised by such companies as 1S, AT Consulting, Cisco, D-link, Huawei, Inter Systems, Oracle, GNU/Linuktsentr, SKB Kontur. On 28 May, representatives of Huawei, D-link, 1S, AT Consulting, Morizo Digital, Scratch Duino gave public lectures and master classes during which the participants learnt about robot programming, robotics, and mobile applications development and marketing.
The finalists also had a chance to take part in the "round" table discussion "Cooperation between Educational Institutions, Employers, and Representatives of Governmental Authorities Aimed at Improving Human Resource Capacity of Russia". During the meeting, the participants discussed what kind of specialists employers require, how educational institutions can help train such specialists, and how governmental authorities can help them.
The final concluded with an awards ceremony that started with a welcoming speech by the first Vice-Rector of Ural Federal University, Sergei Kortov, Deputy Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Ural Federal District, Boris Kirillov, and the Chair of the international organizing committee of the IT-Planet Olympics, Sergey Shalashny.
The winner of the contest "Programming: SQL", a VSU student, Oleg Shipilov tells about his participation in the Olympics:
"Without a doubt, our university has a lot of excellent specialists in various disciplines, including SQL. We had two subjects where we studied basics of relational databases and basics of SQL language. I have been working in Netcracker for over a year and have had a lot of opportunities to deepen and expand my knowledge in this area. How did I learn about the Olympics? I got an offer to take part in the contest "Linux Administration". However, I was not very much interested in this topic. So I decided to check out what other disciplines this Olympics competition include. On the IT-Planet website I found information about the contest "Programming: SQL" and decided to take part in it as I knew SQL quite well.