Workshop on Competitive Learning and Programming by GDGU CodeChef Chapter

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In order to establish a true programming culture at GD Goenka University (GDGU), the CodeChef Campus Chapter organized an orientation session cum workshop on 6th Feb, 2015. The CodeChef Chapter named ‘GDGU-Achievers’ was recently founded at the university for aspiring engineers and other enthusiastic programmers with an objective to promote competitive programming culture that will help students become better problem solvers. The Campus Chapter is headed by Faculty Advisor, Ms. Vasudha Vashisht. Second year B. Tech. (CSE) students attended this session on “Competitive Learning and Programming” . The two hour long event included an Introduction to CodeChef, Online Judges and advantages of Competitive Programming.

The session was delivered by Mr. Anup Kalbalia and Mr. D. Chanukya (Officers of Directi) who have been promoting competitive learning through CodeChef. CodeChef is a non-commercial organization operated by Directi, an Indian software company based in Mumbai.

The session started with a puzzle problem discussion followed by more elaborate discussions, queries and peer views sharing. A Competition was also held in order to measure the real-time problem solving skills of the students. The CSE students Akanksha Garg and Saksham Rana won the prizes for delivering correct solution to the given puzzle.

Mr. Anup Kalbalia (Senior Project lead at Directi) then discussed about the ACM-ICPC (Association for Computing Machinery – International Collegiate Programming Contest) which is a multi-tier, team-based, programming competition and encouraged students to participate in the same. Students were also informed about online judging and its working. It was followed by a brief discussion on Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook (Product and Service Industry) and their recruitment requirements. He also discussed about “Anudeep Nekkanti” who was placed in Google last year with his efforts and dedication. The speaker put his efforts to make the students aware of programming, competitive coding and innovation including discussion on SPOJ, QUORA.

At the end of the session, students became aware of several terminologies including code programming, hosting, learning and practicing online contests and how CodeChef can potentially help them to be recognized at the global level. Overall, it was very informative as the attendees got an opportunity to update their knowledge in the area of competitive learning and coding. For the same, School of Engineering, GDGU will keep on conducting such events on regular basis.

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