Press release on the “Virtual EGMO 2020”

As you may have read previously the European Girls’ Mathematics Olympiad (EGMO) was scheduled to take place on the 15 April in Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands. The ambition of the event was to stimulate more girls, in the Netherlands as well as in all European countries, to discover and explore their mathematical talent. However since the Caronavirus outbreak it was decided to postpone the live event and conduct the competition digitally. Quintijn Puite (from the organising team) explained: “After considerable discussion we decided that postponing the EGMO event until later in the year is not a viable option, primarily because it’s not clear that everything will be back to normal by September. On the other hand, we think that having a virtual EGMO event will bring some brightness to the dark times that we are currently experiencing. So we decided to go completely virtual.”

The contestants of the competition answered the question papers in their home country and were able to connect with each other virtually using an app that has been developed for the event. As ING are a main sponsor of the EGMO event Diederik Fokkema, Tribe Lead Model Risk Oversight from Model Risk Management and Gorkem Koseoglu, Head of ING Analytics, provided a video welcoming the participants and wishing  them good luck with their competition on behalf of ING. 

Quintijn Puite added: “The EGMO2020 opening virtual ceremony was a big success. Although we expected 500 guest at the physical event, the online opening ceremony was watched more than 1500 times. We have received a lot of positive feedback and thanks again to Gorkem and Diederik for the opening contribution video, it was very inspiring.”

You can view the opening and closing ceremonies plus interviews given by the participants on their Youtube channel here.

Gorkem and Diederik also supported the closing ceremony by providing a short video congratulating the participants and wishing them luck in their future careers. The ING Tech Research & Development department arranged for Pepper the ING robot, standing in front of a typical Dutch windmill, to deliver a similar message. The Netherlands Minister of Education, Ingrid van Engelshoven also contributed to the closing ceremony by providing an online message congratulating the girls.

From left to right: Dirk, Gabriëlle, Feike (mentors); Hanne, Ana, Samantha, Kati (team NLD-A); Allie, Lisa, Naomi, Femke (team NLD-B).

In addition ING also facilitated a few digital activities. One of them was a video shared by Chun-Yian Liew about AI bots. This video explains the exciting tasks we do at ING Tech and shows how kids get taught to build their own AI bot while introducing them to AI at the same time. Chun-Yian Liew and his team are planning to facilitate a ‘Build Your Own AI-Bot’ workshop for the Dutch participants of EGMO at a later stage.

The results are in: Overview on the number of medals (individuals):

51 of the 204 participants received a bronze medal, 42 a silver medal and 19 a gold medal. The Dutch A-team finished in 31st place out of 53 participating teams. The top 3 winning countries were Russia, followed by Serbia and Romania. In addition to European participants, the event hosted a number of guest teams from countries including Australia, Indonesia and Mexico.

The next EGMO 2021 contest will take place in Kutaisi, Georgia.

More information can be found on the EGMO website here.

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