Agoda, the Singapore-based international digital travel platform, announces another edition of its annual global programming competition, Codegoda. According to a press statement, the tournament, now in its fourth year, has developed into an equal-opportunity platform that accepts programmers of all ages, backgrounds, genders, and degrees of experience. With a motto to identify talent in the midst of several new technological prospects in the areas of finance, XR, metaverse, AI, satellite connectivity, and others, Codegoda stands out with its distinct advantage, says the statement.
The company added that the single-round tournament will be organised on April 1, from 13:30 to 22:30 pm ICT (Indochina Time). Participants will be allowed three hours to complete six algorithmic puzzles that reflect daily challenges faced by Agoda’s IT staff. The statement adds that there is no one-size-fits-all answer, freeform approaches to problem-solving are encouraged, and programmers are free to use any computer language to address a problem. The total prize pool is USD 8750, and the overall winner will get a USD 3500 award.
“Codegoda has the distinct advantage of being designed for coders by coders. The freeform style of tackling these problems allows participants to test the limits of their coding capabilities. Whether you are a seasoned tech professional or someone looking to get into this exciting field, Codegoda is mapped out to offer a challenging experience for all. Past results have even proven to help the working teams at Agoda consider solutions from a different perspective. The idea of keeping the competition open to all has always been a deliberate choice. At Agoda anyone, regardless of background and expertise, can choose to work in the technology space and the organization fosters a culture that encourages innovation and problem solving,” says Idan Zalzberg, Chief Technology Officer, Agoda.
The statement adds that Agoda also added some advice for contestants to win the challenge. It is suggested that participants use programming languages that allow them to easily test and improve solutions. When confronted with a challenging situation, take a scientific approach and dissect the complicated issues into simpler ones. To comprehend the fundamental pattern that can be used to larger and more complicated solutions, use simple examples. Almost 20,000 competitors from 89 markets have taken part in the challenge so far.
The statement adds that in the past, winners have emerged from Germany, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, and even countries where some of the winners had no prior technical work experience. Participants get the chance to showcase their programming prowess on a large stage, giving individuals wishing to advance their careers in the area more credibility. Agoda has since hired a number of participants, and they have advanced their careers there.