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I raved on about how good OZCLO was in an earlier post.

So, now here's your chance to get involved....

Call for Expressions of Interest

OZCLO – Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad 2009

The Inaugural Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OZCLO) was held earlier this year at the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney. The three winning teams from the State rounds in both states competed to solve problems in Icelandic agreement, finite state automata, Mayan hieroglyphs, Manam Pile directionals, and spectrograms of English in the national round in August. Competitors ranged from year 9 to year 12, and came from both state and private schools. The competition was a huge success and a lot of fun for all involved. We would like to hold it again next year, and are hoping to expand it into other states, depending on the level of interest (we already have interest from Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia). So we are now calling for expressions of interest from colleagues around Australia who would be willing to be involved in next year’s competition.

Our plan for next year is to distribute the workload across a national steering committee, and various local committees. The steering committee will be responsible for fundraising, maintaining the website, setting the problems for the state and national rounds, organizing prizes, and liaising with the local committees. The local committees will be responsible for contacting schools, managing registrations, running the training and competition days, etc.

Perhaps you would be willing to become part of the steering committee and helping us to continue and maintain this fun and exciting new competition? Or maybe you would be willing to help with a specific task, such as fundraising, maintaining the web page, or writing some problems? Or perhaps you be interested in being part of a local committee in your state?

We would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in participating in any way. All offers and suggestions most gratefully received! Please send your expression of interest to the current organizing group at ozclo AT googlegroups.com, or submit a request to join the OZCLO google group – preferably before Friday September 19th. We will shortly begin planning for OZCLO 2009, so the sooner we know who is willing to be involved, the better!

Further information about this year’s competition can be found at http://www.ozclo.org.au/.
We look forward to hearing from you.

The OZCLO organizing committee

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