Award ceremony Dutch Mathematical Olympiad

On Friday, November 10, the award ceremony of the Dutch Mathematical Olympiad took place at the Eindhoven University of Technology. The Olympiad started with over 10,000 participants. After two preliminary round and the grand final, only 15 contestants, devided in three categories, could still claim victory.

The award ceremony started with talks by Johan Lukkien, who spoke about mathematics and the history of the department of M&CS, Frank Mulder of Rabobank, who spoke about how Rabobank uses mathematics, and Harold de Boer about what mathematics has to do with cows. All with the same message: studying mathematics gives you a great chance of a bright future.

After an interview with the team who went to the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Rio last year, and awarding the prizes for the best schools, the big moment for the 15 nervous students was finally there. Under loud applause, the winners of the three categories were announced and received their prizes.

Congratulations to the 15 prize winners on their outstanding performances! And also congratulations to the 15 "runners-up" who almost made it to the top 5 of their category. Good luck to all of you with the training and preparations for the IMO in Romania next year.