High school student repays faith of top Belarusian bug hunter by bagging top international prize
White hat hacker Dzmitry Lukyanenka sponsored a trip made by two high school students to an international informatics olympiad which took place in January in Almaty, Kazakhstan. One of the young programmers, 11th grader Yaroslav Borisov, won the contest outright.
At the XVI International Zhautykov Olympiad in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Sciences, Yaroslav outperformed 159 other participants from more than 15 countries, including Sweden, Romania, Denmark, Bulgaria and Ukraine.
The computer sciences olympiad consisted of two 5-hour rounds. In each one, the contestant had to write three programs solving the problems at hand. The Belarusian team of 12 students performed spectacularly, taking home 6 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.
When Lukyanenka spoke to dev.by on the phone, he appeared taken aback and said he’d never wanted to receive any publicity for his humble gesture. His only wish had been to show his gratitude to his informatics teacher, who had not only taught him many useful skills, but had also played a great role in his own success at the Republican Olympiads in Belarus as well as other challenges he had dealt with later in life.
Lukyanenka decided he could support two of his former teacher’s current students by paying for their tickets to Kazakhstan. He noted that his contribution was small change to any successful software developer, yet it made a huge difference for the school and the kids — and besides, he was not the first ex-student to help the teacher that way. Nevertheless, Lukyanenka hopes that his gesture will inspire more techies to follow suit.