Mumbai: TechGig Code Gladiators 2016 has seen a record number of senior profiles breaking the widely held belief that only youngsters take part in hackathons and coding contests. After a successful three-year run, and being officially recognized by the Limca Book of Records as the ‘biggest code contest in India’, the number of registrations almost doubled this year as compared to the last year’s edition. Code Gladiators 2016 had over 1,50,000 coders participating from 15,000+ companies across India. The TechGig network is operated by Times Business Solutions – a Division of Times Internet Ltd.
Commenting on the event, Nilanjan Roy, Head of Strategy, Times Business Solutions said that in a short span of three events, TechGig Code Gladiators had differentiated itself, not just by breaking National records, but by attracting the best in the industry, including senior professionals with over 10 years of hardcore coding experience. “It is very gratifying that senior professionals are making a comeback to coding and competing at the national level. They recognize in today’s day and age even individual contributors can reach the highest levels of success.”, he added.
Traditionally, coding contests and hackathons were considered forte of freshers and entry level techies. The trend seems to be changing slowly as out of total registrations received for Code Gladiators 2016 edition approximately 7.5% registrants were in the experience range of 15-20 years. Registrations under experience category had increased 5 times since the first edition of Code Gladiators held in 2014.
For Amit Gandhi, a delivery manager at Parkar Global Technologies Pvt Ltd, participating in Code Gladiators 2016 was more about retaining touch with coding which was fading owing to day-to-day management work. This was his second stint with Code Gladiators. In the 2015 edition, he was among the top five coders in the company round. But he did not make it to the finale then. Gandhi comes with an experience of 15 years and feels that to stay updated and have a technical edge, one should participate in contests such as Code Gladiators.
For software architect with 19 years experience, Baswaraj Kasture of Persistent Systems, Code Gladiators 2016 was the first of its kind contest which he had participated in. He shared that though he works as a software architect but having hands down experience on coding was a great learning at the competition.