Sunday, August 18, 2019

CodeChef Announces 4th Edition Of Its Global Onsite Programming Competition, SnackDown 2017

CodeChef, a non-profit educational initiative of Directi, a leading group of technology and web products companies, today announced the much awaited 4th edition of their annual onsite programming competition – SnackDown 2017.

CodeChef SnackDown is a multi-round computer programming contest, with teams, consisting of a maximum of 2 members each, competing for the ultimate title of “SnackDown 2017 Champions”, cash awards over USD 20,500, and many more exciting prizes. CodeChef SnackDown is the only competition globally for people across schools, colleges, organizations, and home schooled children to come together and compete on a common platform. Unlike the previous years, participants from various organizations/institutes will be allowed to form teams, paving the way for top programmers across the globe to come together and build cross-country teams to further fuel the competitive spirit. 

The contest starts on 20th May 2017, with first online qualifier round, and concludes on 1st July 2017, with the Onsite Grand Finale in Directiplex, Mumbai.

Over time, SnackDown has become a global platform. Last year witnessed a complete registration from 13,388 teams with 17,238 participants hailing from 2234 institutes spread across 96 countries. This year’s edition will see the 25 best international teams compete against each other and provide the 25 Indian teams a chance to be amongst the world’s best. To encourage programming amongst women as well as young school students, there are additional slots for two girls’ teams and three school teams, from India and one school team and one girls’ team internationally.

“CodeChef has been an online coding platform, and SnackDown lends it the real fun and excitement by bringing programmers face-to-face to interact and exchange ideas,” said Anup Kalbalia, BU Head, CodeChef. “By extending this competition to global participants, we have been able to motivate the Indian contestants and provide them with the opportunity to learn from the talent that goes beyond our country. We expect this year to be bigger and grander, with every participant putting their best foot forward.”

Gennady Korotkevich, SnackDown 2016 Global Champion from ITMO University, Saint Petersburg, Russia, said, “The experience and atmosphere of CodeChef SnackDown are amazing. Coding is all about problem-solving and the spirit of competition. SnackDown had the perfect mixture of both. Lots of talent attend the competition, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

“Directi is a technology-focused company, and we are all extremely passionate about coding. We noticed a distinct gap that existed between where India stood in the world regarding programming. Hence, CodeChef, the non-profit arm of the company, was started to provide a common platform to nourish the enormous talent in our country,” said Bhavin Turakhia, Co-founder, and CEO of Directi. “We wanted to give opportunities for people to improve their skill and go on to help make a difference in the world. Each year of SnackDown has surpassed the previous, and I’m extremely excited to see how this edition pans out.”

The registrations for the SnackDown 2017 will open on 14th April 2017 and will continue till 23rd May 2017. You can find more information about the competition, its rules, eligibility, and the registration process at

About CodeChef:

CodeChef is a non-profit educational initiative of Directi, a technology and web products company. It is a global competitive programming platform that began in 2009 and currently holds six lakhs enrolled users. It supports over 50 programming languages and has hosted over 1300 contests on its platform so far. With active users of around three lakhs, it binds together a large community of programmers that helps students and professionals test and improve their coding skills. Its objective is to provide a platform for practice, competition, and improvement for both students and professional software developers. Apart from this, it aims to reach out to students while they are young and inculcate a culture of programming in India.

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