Programmers from all over the world compete at CodeChef SnackDown

Borys Minaiev from Ukraine and Gennady Korotkevich from Belarus won the title of SnackDown Champions and a cash prize of $10,000

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Feb 22, 2019 3:55 PM

Dozens of programmers from all over the world took part in India’s biggest programming event: SnackDown 2019 - a global programming tournament organized by CodeChef – at Bengaluru. 

The competition lasted five hours and contestants were given 10 algorithmic problems. Borys Minaiev from Ukraine and Gennady Korotkevich from Belarus came together to take home the coveted title of SnackDown Champions as well as a cash prize of $10,000. 

The 1st runners up were Oleg Merkurev and Aleksei Daniliuk from Russia while the 2nd runner-up slot was claimed by Ji Ruyi and Yuhao Du from China. 

It was a tense battle right down to the finish with the winning team making a successful problem submission during the last 30 seconds of the contest. This was a second SnackDown win for Borys and Gennady who had previously lifted the SnackDown cup in 2016. In the current edition, they defeated SnackDown defending champions Aleksei and Oleg.

SnackDown also rewarded the best School team: Shih-Yu Wang from National Experimental High School, Taiwan and Yeoh Zi Song from Chung Ling High School, Malaysia, as well as the best women’s team, had Xiaoou Zhou and Jiayi Mao from China. 

This year, SnackDown opened to registrations from over 27,000 teams comprising of more than 40,000 programmers from different parts of the globe participating in different rounds of the contest. 

The finale saw 26 international teams comprising of 51 individuals from 13 different countries who competed against one another under one roof. Additionally, the top 10 Indian teams and 3 school teams from India were invited to the on-site finals to meet and interact with the best programmers, adding another facet to this event, making it the only event of this scale to give exposure to the young programming talent from India. 

The best Indian team this year, comprising of Ginuga Saketh and Yash Chandnani, both from IIT Kanpur stood at the 25th position.

Bhavin Turakhia, CEO and Co-Founder of Directi, said, “Year after year, participants at SnackDown continue to fascinate and thrill us with their talent and dedication to programming. SnackDown represents the best talent in the programming community and it’s a great feeling knowing that they enjoy our competitions. I hope that this competition and CodeChef’s other efforts continue to inspire programmers of all ages and skill levels to continually improve their own abilities and in turn, improve the standard of programming in India and overseas too.”

“We are humbled with the response we received for this edition. We are always amazed by the talent and passion of the teams which only seems to grow every year. In particular, we want SnackDown to be a platform where the best Indian programmers can meet and interact with their overseas counterparts and judging by our successful activities and interactive sessions, it makes me happy to see that happening,” said Anup Kalbalia, BU Head, CodeChef.

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