Remember back in 2009, when the first Android mobile phones came out without bluetooth? Well, a lot has changed since then. Today, there are over a billion android devices in the market. Android has also provided a vibrant ecosystem to application developers. The Android Play Store has over a million applications which have been downloaded over 50 billion times! (As of 2013).
Android is now making its way to other devices too. Forget smart watches, cars, refrigerators and washing machines are running the operating system today. Surely, being an Android developers has drastically changed from what it used to be 5 years ago.
LinkedIn recently launched a report of 25 hottest tech skills that got people hired in 2014 and topping the list, were Statistical Analysis and Data Mining and Middleware and integration software engineer. If you go through the list in a little more detail, you’ll find things like Business Intelligence, IC specialist, Game Development and Algorithm Design.
Hackathons, from it’s humble beginnings in small companies and college common rooms, have meteorically risen to prominence over the last decade. Never before has there been a way to bring a fragmented set of developers to build products in a short period of time. HackerEarth in its continued effort to provide more things to do for its growing developer community has launched a tool to manage and conduct Hackathons in an online and scalable manner.
With this tool, we aim to conduct a variety of Hackathons and enable our global community of developers to participate in Hackathons in their areas of interests.
You would think that holiday season would mean a slow month on HackerEarth. Not even close! December on HackerEarth was just as busy as any other month! We had a total of 11 challenges, with a total of 6 hiring challenges, 4 non hiring challenges and 1 coding marathon (our first ever). All of these Hackathons put together attracted over 20,000 developers from all around the world. Here’s a brief breakup of everything that happened on HackerEarth this December.
In the age of the computer, it is fairly easy to become a programmer. The learning resources are abundant and programming languages have become simpler over the years. Several hundreds and thousands of college goers are graduating as computer scientists or IT specialists.
But that’s just the start. As more people take up a discipline, the strive for excellence becomes more relevant. As with any field, great programmers are rare. And becoming great at programming isn’t rocket science. As with anything else, programming needs time, persistence and effort to master.
And in a programming context, getting from “I know how to code” to “I write good code” would roughly 52 hours.
Yup. This was a flash challenge. We had exactly 4 hours to let everyone know of this challenge, and surprise surprise, there were over 1700 developers. And from almost every part of the world! Check this out –
It’s Christmas here at HackerEarth and the Developer Santa wants to know whether you’ve been a good programmer this year. The Christmas Coding Marathon is your chance to show him how it’s done and you will have 53 hours to prove your mettle.
In the last two years, HackerEarth has grown into a thriving community of developers. The thought of thousands of developers learning to code, solving programming problems, participating in challenges and getting jobs on HackerEarth never ceases to amaze us. All these products were built to aid an ecosystem of programmers and we’re over the moon about the fact that all our products are being put to good use by the community.
On the same lines, we’re really happy to introduce our newest product – HackerEarth Notes. It’s a platform for you to write and read the best technical content on the internet. It’s modelled after a bulletin board, where you can browse content either by most trending or most new. Content can be upvoted and shared. The top technologists in India and the world have been given write exclusive access to the product and in the next month, you’ll see some compelling tech content on HackerEarth Notes.
We are exploring new horizons and after Vietnam our next stop was Brasil – a country that loves programming as much as living life to the fullest. With the support from URI Online Judge, we were able to successfully host our first programming challenge for Brasil over last weekend.