MUMBAI, July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
CodeChef, a non-profit educational initiative of Directi, successfully concluded the fourth edition of one of the largest global programming championship - SnackDown 2017. Oleg Merkurev of Ural Federal University and Aleksei Daniliuk of NRU Higher School of Economics from Russia claimed the title of 'SnackDown 2017 Champions' and along with the cash award of $10,000. The finale witnessed 38 teams from high schools, universities and corporates from all across the globe, participating in a five-hour long onsite programming battle at CodeChef's headquarters in Directiplex, Mumbai, India.
Among other winners, the second position was secured by Ryuta Kawai and Kohji Liu from University of Tokyo, Japan. The second runners-up slot was claimed by Jin Ce and Zou Xiaoyao from Tsinghua University, China. The first and the second runners-up won $5,000 and $3,000, respectively. The best Indian team was from IIT Kanpur comprising Sahil Grover and Atanu Chakraborty, who won $2,000.
SnackDown is a multi-round programming competition open to anyone with a knack for programming. Hosted by CodeChef, the competition was started in the year 2009. With an aim to pit the finest computer programming brains from across the globe against each other, the competition is open to everyone, with virtually no formal eligibility criteria. Since its humble inception in 2009, the contest has grown by leaps and bounds. Today, SnackDown is being considered to be one of the most coveted onsite competitive programming titles across the globe.
This year's edition opened to rave responses with over 21 thousand teams comprising 29K+ programmers from 18,233 universities, 993 schools, and 1,635 organizations from over 115 countries participating in different rounds of the contest. The event turned out to be the largest ever ensemble of the top computer programmers from across the world, in India, under one roof.
Commenting on the overwhelming response, SnackDown 2017 received, the chief guest, Mr. Adrian Kosowski, Co-Founder of Sphere Online Judge (SPOJ) said, "I really enjoyed the contest. I am thrilled to participate in the parallel public contest and had a chance to look at the problems closer. I am so excited to see so many great teams from different countries competing. I'd like to congratulate all the winners this year." Incidentally, Mr. Kosowski also participated in a parallel round that was conducted for the community to have a crack at the same problem set as the finalists.
"What started off as a small experiment has culminated in a grand programming extravaganza. We are elated to have the best minds from across the globe under the same roof. It is a huge moment for us as well as the entire programming community to see the best programmers coming together to form a team to fight each other out in a gruelling five-hour contest. Behind all this, what makes us doubly happy is that the competition saw great participation from many high school students fighting it out with the top programmers from the best universities and the top corporates together. Hopefully, we will be able to spark a trend of emphasising on the need for computational thinking skills and informatics in India in the coming times - something that we are passionate about and working towards very hard," said Anup Kalbalia, BU Head, CodeChef.
Bhavin Turakhia, CEO and Co-Founder of Directi, while addressing the participants said, "I am so happy and excited to see all of you here. It is really humbling to be in the presence of all of you. CodeChef was born out of passion. In some ways coding is the biggest democracy, the ultimate truth. There is no politics in coding, you can't lie there. Programming is one of the few careers where an individual can make an impact to a larger group. It is one of the skills that helps an individual to make an impact to the community in a positive way and see the impact happening."
CodeChef is a non-profit educational initiative of Directi, a technology and web products company. It is a global competitive programming platform, which supports over 50 programming languages and has a large community of programmers that helps students and professionals test and improve their coding skills. Its objective is to provide a platform for practice, competition and improvement for both students and professional software developers. Apart from this, it aims to reach out to students while they are young and inculcate a culture of programming in India.
SOURCE Directi Group