A brief history of the OSO
In May of 2013, thirteen-year-old home-schooler Ahaan Rungta founded the IPhOO, with the help of four other staff members. The Art of Problem Solving site lended the IPhOO a public forum for problem discussion and announcements and soon, the IPhOO became popular on Facebook and AoPS. In July, the IPhOO hosted their first competition for high-school students. At the time, over 100 people were registered and almost 40 people participated, and Sayan Mukherjee of India ended up with a close win. The IPhOO rewarded the top 3 T-shirt prizes.
In November of 2013, The IPhOO got their first prize sponsor, Brilliant,org and hosted their second contest, restricted to participants of the WOOT mathematics online training program of AoPS. Lawrence Li of California edged out with a win, missing just one problem!
In the same month, David Huang of Troy High School, Michigan got together with Rungta to expand the organization to another discipline, namely Chemistry. The site was renamed into the joint organization as you know it today, the Online Science Olympiads. In December, the first IChOO Contest was hosted and Teddy Tng of Singapore trampled almost 30 other participants, winning with a score of 62.5 out of 75.
We are now extremely popular among people of all ages and countries around the world. To check the status of the OSO right now and find out what's going on, you can visit our "Contests" subpages and follow us on our Facebook pages (linked on the top-right) for more news.