CodeChef, a non-profit educational initiative of Directi, a technology and web products company, has announed the winners of its third edition of India’s largest onsite programming contest, SnackDown 2016. The two winners announced are Borys Minaiev and Gennady Korotkevich of ITMO University, Saint Petersburg, Russia. They have been conferred with the title of “SnackDown 2016 Champions” and received a hefty cash award of $10,000.
The second position was secured by lya Zban and Belonogov Ivan also from ITMO University, Saint Petersburg, Russia. The second runner up slot was claimed by Ken Sugimori and Kohji Liu from University of Tokyo, Japan. The first and the second runner up won $5000 and $3000 respectively. The best team from India was from IIT Indore featuring Aditya Shah and Utkarsh Saxena who won $2000.
The finale of the contest was held on 9th July where top 50 teams from high schools, colleges and corporate organizations from all across the globe, participate in a five hour long onsite programming battle at CodeChef’s headquarters in Directiplex, Mumbai, India.
In this contest, over 13 thousand teams comprising of 17,238 participants from more than 1185 colleges and universities, 215 schools, and 653 organizations from over 90 countries participating in different rounds of the contest.
The other highlight of the finals was the one-member team of 16-year-old Arash Mahmoudian Bidgoli hailing from Atomic Energy High School, Iran. This high school student battling against the big guns from the programming world, solved seven out of the 12 problems and stood fifth. Arash also went on to emerge as the Best School Team, winning a cash award of $500. Among Indian schools, Rajat De and Sidhant Bansal of Delhi Public School, Dwarka led the table also being the third best Indian team in the competition.
Right on the heels of SnackDown 2016, CodeChef also announced a three-day intensive programming camp at their Mumbai office in Directiplex – a first of its kind in India. It will be an extension of their goal to encourage them to excel at such competitions. Joining them, will be some eminent names from the programming world including Sergey Kulik, Kevin Charles Atienza and a few former ACM ICPC World Finalists from India. A panel of experts from programming fraternity has selected 22 students to be a part of this camp. The camp will touch upon advanced topics that will help these young programmers to move to the next level in the world of competitive programming, as stated by the company in its press statement.