Varanasi: Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi graduate, Himanshu Singh took home Rs 3 lakh after winning TechGig Code Gladiators 2020, a coding competition.
Himanshu won the 165-day long competition in a nail-biting coding finale, reported Education Times. The finale took place on August 8 and 9 for coding and theme hackathons, respectively.
The competition was judged by leaders of participating companies. Participants were evaluated and judged from August 9 to 13 after which the winners were selected.
Himanshu competed with more than 2.52 lakh coders and won the coveted champion’s crown.
“Everybody has that one significant achievement in life which he cites as his ‘biggest win’; for me winning Code Gladiators 2020 will be ‘that biggest win’,” Singh was quoted as saying by Education Times.
TechGig Code Gladiators 2020 had four theme hackathons namely UiPath RPA hackathon, Times Internet Multi-Label Classification, Microsoft Hack on Azure and IBM Call for Climate Change.
Explaining more details about the competition, TimesJobs and TechGig business head, Sanjay Goyal said, “In March 2020, we sensed that the COVID-19 could slip out of hands, and very quickly we decided to have a grand virtual conclusion to our mega coding competition. We were staring at a mammoth challenge to bring the grandeur of a worldwide recognised event to the virtual format and ensure that all our 2.52lakh+ participants get a slice of this event. We had a few international participants as well, which makes me think that maybe the virtual mode is better than the offline mode.”
This virtual mode of competition helped participants competing from remote locations. “I feel the virtual mode is better because had that event been held in its usual offline format then I would not have been able to participate owing to visa and COVID-19 restrictions,” said Ahmed Makki, an international participant.
Code Gladiators is an annual coding extravaganza hosted by TechGig. It is felicitated with Guinness World Records and Limca Book of Records for its massive participation. TechGig Code Gladiators 2020 edition was announced in March. It saw a huge participation from India and abroad despite COVID-19 pandemic.
Theme hackathons is centred on finding business solutions to real-world problems. This year the last two hackathons were focused at finding tech solutions to combat COVID-19.