Test your mind against the world’s toughest puzzles in logic, language and linguistics.

Think you could decipher an ancient script or unlock numerical spy codes?

The All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) challenges secondary school students to develop their own strategies for solving complex problems. These problems are based on fascinating languages from around the globe.

No prior knowledge of linguistics or a second language is required, as even the hardest problems require only logical thinking, patient work, and a willingness to think around corners.
AILO introduces students to the application of logic and linguistics (i.e. the study of human language) to problems of language understanding and translation. The goal is to develop students’ problem-solving skills and to inspire them to consider the fascinating range of careers at the intersection of computing, linguistics and language.

For more on the ADAPT All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad, visit the website.

  • 14,000 AILO participants since 2009
  • 87% of participants say AILO enhanced their problem-solving ability
  • 65% of AILO participants say they’ll now consider a career in Computing and/or Languages


International Linguistics Olympiad 2017

ADAPT will host the International Linguistics Olympiad 2017 from 31st July to 4th August 2017 at Dublin City University.

The International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL) sees talented young decoders from more than 30 nations pit their wits against each other in the hope of becoming world champions. The weeklong Olympiad comprises individual and team contests and students enjoy an active programme of social and cultural events.

The four top students in the individual category of the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) are selected to represent Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad.

“After competing in AILO, my enthusiasm for languages and linguistics expanded greatly. The experience had a huge effect on my choice of course in university”. Melissa Sorensen, BSc in Computing, Linguistics and Language, Trinity College Dublin

“Being involved in AILO helped teach me some of the necessary problem-solving skills used in software programming. Some of the AILO questions have even been used by my lecturers to demonstrate how to approach problems you’ve never seen before.” Robert Devereux, BSc in Computer Applications, Dublin City University



ComputeTY is a computing skills course for Transition Year students (aged 15-16 years) run by DCU School of Computing and supported by ADAPT since 2011.

ADAPT provides academic directorship for the course, as well as sponsorship and tutoring support. Students spend one week learning computing skills at Dublin City University. Each student follows a choice of streams: Web Design, Java Programming, or App Development.

More than 2,200 students have completed ADAPT-supported ComputeTY since 2011. In recognition of its success in enhancing students’ computing skills and increasing their propensity to study computing at third level, ComputeTY won the 2015 DCU President’s Award for Engagement.


“I would definitely say the ComputeTY course had a big influence on my decision to take up computing. I doubt I’d have even considered it otherwise.” - Fionn O Maoileoin, B.Sc. in Computer Applications, Dublin City University

“My experience at ComputeTY was the main influencing factor for attending my current course.” - Ellen Kennedy, B.Sc. in Computer Applications, Dublin City University

For more on ComputeTY, see visit the website or watch our video.