Awakening young people's interest in information technology, identifying and promoting talents - this is the goal of the initiative "Nationwide promotion of young IT professionals" (BWINF). It is aimed at children, adolescents and young adults and offers them an age-appropriate introduction to the subject.
The BWINF initiative combines the following projects:
Motivation is at the heart of the "Computer Science Beaver" competition. The competition is offered in four age groups for children and young people of school age. The tasks can be solved with structured logical thinking even without previous knowledge of computer science. In this way, young people experience Computer Science as an exciting subject area with a concrete connection to everyday life.
Discovering and promoting talent is the aim of this performance competition, in which around 1,000 young people under the age of 21 participate every year. All participants have access to further support schemes; the winners are accepted into the German National Academic Foundation without an admissions procedure. The Federal Computer Science Competition is the core of the initiative "Promoting Young IT Professionals Nationwide".
The International Olympics in Informatics (IOI) is an annual competition on an international level. Participants from about 80 countries meet in the most diverse venues around the world and compete there in a fair competition. Several gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the best of the participating students. BWINF is responsible for the selection and participation of the German team at the IOI.
On the Internet portal "Einstieg Informatik (Introduction to computer science)" young people can find recommendations on programming tools and books, find out about possible study locations or exchange experiences in the community area and ask questions about the tasks of the Federal Computer Science Competition. In addition to historical pioneers of the subject, people who work as computer scientists today are introduced to you.