About APLO

Asia Pacific Linguistics Olympiad (APLO) is a regional linguistics olympiad with the aim of escalating attention to language and linguistics in the Asia Pacific region. It is similar to the International Linguistics Olympiad in spirit, and the nature and style of the problems. The APLO began in 2019 and is held between March and April every year. The upcoming APLO will be held on September 27, 2020.

See our latest response to COVID-19 here.

APLO is not a contest where students from different countries physically meet in one place to participate in the competitions. Instead, the problem sets will be distributed to the local organizing committees of the participating countries or regions beforehand, and all contestants will compete in their home country on the same day.

APLO Board

Minkyu Kim

General Co-Chair

General Chair of Korea Linguistics Olympiad (KLO) and Local Organizing Chair of IOL 2019 Yongin

Monojit Choudhury

General Co-Chair

General Chair of Panini Linguistics Olympiad (PLO) and Local Organizing Chair of IOL 2016 Mysore

Shu-Kai Hsieh

Board Member
Team Leader of Taiwan and Organizer of Taiwan Olympiad in Linguistics

Suhaimi Ramly

Board Member
​Vice Chair of Malaysian Computational Linguistics Olympiad

Simona Klemenčič

Board Member
Public Relations Chair and Board Member of IOL, Team Leader of Slovenia

Rujul Gandhi

Board Member

Jury Chair of APLO (2020)

Local Organizers


The Linguistics Society of Bangladesh

Person of Contact: Mohammad Salim Miah


International Teenager competition and Communication Center (Beijing Infinite Education Inc.)
Person of Contact: Yili

Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University-Peking University Research Centre on Chinese Linguistics
Person of Contact: Huang Chu-Ren


IIIT Hyderabad
Person of Contact: Monojit Choudhury


​IOLing Japan
Person of Contact: Nathan Takeru Matsuo Somers


Malaysian Computational Thinking Association
Person of Contact: Suhaimi Ramly


Language Technology Kendra
Person of Contact: Bal Krishna Bal

Republic of Korea

HK Semiosis Research Center
Person of Contact: Minkyu Kim


Linguistics Society of Taiwan
Person of Contact: Shu-Kai Hsi eh


Ukrainian Olympiads in Linguistics
Person of Contact: Danylo Mysak


International Contests and Competitions “WORLD WINNER”

Person of Contact: Sabina Ismatillaeva


Research Institute of Creative Education

Person of Contact: Nguyen Hoang Giang