SnackDown  2016 Winners

CodeChef SnackDown 2016 Winners announced


CodeChef, a non-profit educational initiative of Directi, a technology and web products company, successfully concluded the third edition of India’s largest onsite programming contest, SnackDown 2016. Borys Minaiev and Gennady Korotkevich of ITMO University, Saint Petersburg, Russia claimed the title of “SnackDown 2016 Champions” and a hefty cash award of $10,000. The finale held on 9th July witnessed 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.

Global Winners-Borys Minaiev and Gennady Korotkevich

Global Winners-Borys Minaiev and Gennady Korotkevich

SnackDown 2016 opened to rave responses with 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 event turned out to be the largest ever ensemble of computer programmers from across the world, in India, under one roof.

The Delhi NCR region dominated in India in terms of number of participants, with Eastern and Southern regions coming in close second. Among the international participants, Russia, China, Japan, Belarus were the leaders in terms of performance.

SnackDown  2016 Winners

SnackDown 2016 Winners

Among other winners, 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.

Indian Winners- Aditya Shah and Utkarsh Saxena

Indian Winners- Aditya Shah and Utkarsh Saxena

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.

Sharing their experience, the winners said:“It’s our first time in India, and the whole experience was very good. The problems were well crafted and challenging. We enjoyed the contest and the overall arrangement.” – Gennady Korotkevich and Borys

Commenting on the overwhelming response, SnackDown 2016 received, Prof. Anand Shenoi, ACM ICPC Amritapuri Site Director said, “SnackDown is a great initiative to encourage the young programmers in India and around the world. In the past as well, CodeChef has contributed a lot to the programming community by organizing many such contests and bringing the top programmers of the world online, and together. I can see the enthusiasm and sharpness of the participants here, and I am really proud to be a part of the event.”

Bhavin Turakhia, CEO and Co-Founder of Directi concluded the event, saying, “I’m mind blown by the amazing talent we have over here. Over thirteen thousand teams from all across India and outside the country participated in the contest, out of which we flew down the top teams for the finale to declare the best programming team in the world. It’s an enriching experience to meet the finest coders of the world and interact with them. These are the best programming minds in the country and across the globe. I see in them, potential entrepreneurs, some amazing developers who are about to make some amazing products and change people’s lives. Undoubtedly, the future lies in their hands and I thank everyone for joining us. This was great.” 

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.

Initiatives like SnackDown are a firm step towards bridging the gap between programmers from India and the rest of the world. We wish to see the competition getting bigger and better with every edition.

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Delhi Public School – R.K. Puram wins the 12th Edition of the Texas Instruments Science & Technology Quiz 2015

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Winners of the quiz finale – DPS, R.K. Puram, Delhi, being awarded the prizes by Santhosh Kumar, President and Managing Director, Texas Instruments India.

Bangalore, December 5, 2015: Delhi Public School – R.K. Puram, Delhi represented by Sagnik Anupam and Kabir Goel, emerged national winners of the 12th Texas Instruments Science & Technology Quiz 2015 held in Bangalore today. The winning team overcame tough competition from six other finalists who made it to the nationals after winning the regional rounds held in Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad & Lucknow over the last month. The winning duo took the coveted trophy presented to them by Santhosh Kumar, President and Managing Director, Texas Instruments India, back to their school and also received attractive prizes including Lenovo Yoga laptops.

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All Finalists with the TI Senior Leadership team members

Presidency School (Bangalore South) and Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan (PSBB), Nungambakkam (Chennai), finished second and thirdrespectively in the national finals. Earlier during the day, Abhinav Hampiholi and Gauresh Jain, Presidency School (Bangalore South),won the Bangalore regional quiz held during the first half of the day, making it to the final round. The event drew an avid response from students in Bangalore and other regions, who massed the venue and passionately cheered all participants and finalists.

TI believes a platform like The TI Science and Technology Quiz will go a long way in fostering future innovators who will help shape the world with technology. With this quiz, we hope to accelerate interest in science and technology among students through a multi-disciplinary approach to learning that would help them apply their knowledge.” said Santhosh Kumar, President and Managing Director, Texas Instruments India.

Known earlier as the ‘Jack Kilby Quiz’, the TI Science & Technology quiz is an annual national event for high school students of class 8, 9 and 10 and has been providing a platform for bright young students to test their skills of inquiry and scientific thinking. The quiz witnesses about 100 teams each city from around 25 schools across various regions in the country every year, aiming to motivate students and help them take up innovation and science as a way of life. This quiz marks TI’s commitment towards fostering a spirit of enquiry and innovation amongst school children, who in future would go on to become technology pioneers. The interactive format of this quiz helps plant the right questions and scientific concepts in the minds of children in order to trigger imagination amongst them with STEM and its power, to help make this a better world.

Rejoicing this year’s win, the students of Delhi Public School – R.K. Puram, Delhi,  Sagnik Anupam and Kabir Goel said that they were emphatic over their win and equally thrilled to take this acclaimed title and trophy back home.

Celebrating its thirty years in India in 2015, TI has constantly thrived on its core values- Integrity, Innovation, and Commitment. The TI Science & Technology Quiz, started in 2003 in Bangalore and now in its 12th edition, aims to carry forward the rich tradition of innovation that has been a signet of the company. This quiz aims at providing a platform to bright and young students and enable them develop an innovative mindset by exploring Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as a course of life.