Each and every one of you.
Seriously, you guys, were awesome!
When the first kick off announcement was made on HackerEarth Facebook page regarding our once a year 24 hour coding extravaganza, one of our users said that 24 hours was too much. That’s like a full day, right?
But that was the thesis. We believed that if there was a contest, with really challenging questions, with an exciting list of prizes to be won, programmers wouldn’t mind sacrificing 24 hours from their weekend. Besides, if it’s what you love doing, it’s was going to be 24 hours of fun, right?
We were proven right in large numbers. Close to 2300 people participated in this mammoth 24 hour contest that contained 7 mind-blowing questions. From the very first hour or the contest, we were already getting submissions for some really difficult questions. We were quite sure that this was going to be an interesting contest.
To give you a rough idea of this, here are some stats that will help you understand how big a feat IndiaHacks was for us –
- 2255 participants
- 23713 submissions (code compilations)
- 13811 Accepted Submissions
- 20 scored over 600/700
The prizes were really exciting. Huge cash vouchers from Flipkart, Intel powered tablets, iPod Shuffles, AWS credits, were enough to attract the best programming talent from the world. This was a double edged sword. Overall, it was good for the contest that it significantly raised the bar of the competition.
The top 5 winners of IndiaHacks are –
But here’s the tricky bit. The prizes were decided with the Indian programmer in mind and in our top 3 winners, we have a Japanese and a Russian. (You can check out the entire leaderboard here). Now, Flipkart doesn’t deliver outside of India, hence their vouchers won’t work either. Shipping electronics is even more complicated.
We had two options –
1) To extend the prize winners to 17, and neglecting the 2 foreigners.
2) Keep the foreigners in the first 15 list and figure something else about the prizes for them. The prizes which are not given to them will be used for a later contest.
First option is, well, not an option for us. So we’re going with the second one. The prizes for the rest of winners will be sent accordingly. You will get an intimation from out team and an awesome goodie bag will reach you in the next week or so!
Honestly, we still can’t get over how awesome IndiaHacks this year was! People from all over the world came to take part in an Indian contest. Takuto Ikuta, the winner of IndiaHacks from Japan, has set a phenomenally high bar for other coders on HackerEarth. But it’s not unbeatable. Practice from today, and when IndiaHacks is back next year, you can be just as good if not better!
If you want to keep your skills sharp, stay tuned for the regular HackerEarth monthly challenge for April.