Fun Challenges and Potentially a New Job

Last week there was a worldwide contest for programmers.

Missed it? Well don’t worry, there’s another one in just over a month.

CodinGame is a gamified coding platform that offers up and coming programmers the opportunity to master their craft by solving problems whilst competing against other hackers from all over the globe. The interesting point of difference however, is that the platform allows developers to have their work seen by a number of prominent companies. This, in turn, may result in a job offer.

The online programming challenge plays a similar role to that of a recruitment consultancy in that it acts as somewhat of a candidate-employer matchmaking service. Some of the big name companies on board include Adobe, Nintendo, Daily Motion and the Facebook recruiting solution, Work4Labs.

How does it work? The CodinGame website breaks it down into four steps:

  1. Discover the job offers, select those that interest you and register.
  2. The challenge takes place online and it starts at the same time for everyone: connect on-time.
  3. As soon as the challenge ends, your solutions are shared with companies to which you have applied, and they choose whether or not to contact you.
  4. Receive your results and share them if you wish.

The free service to job seekers allows developers to demonstrate their expertise regardless of formal qualifications or work experience and also allows complete anonymity. Companies cannot contact a contestant that hasn’t applied and won’t know their identity until they’ve explicitly accepted their invitation for an interview. Nobody knows who's behind a bad result, only the good ones.

The average duration of a challenge is 2.5 hours and up to fifteen programming languages are available: C, C++, Java, C#, PHP, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, Objective-C, Go, Haskell, Scala, Perl, Dart and Pascal (that’s all fifteen right there). To keep things competitive, contestants can see their name on a leaderboard for each of these fifteen languages.

However, the competitive aspect is not solely reserved for job hunters and anyone just can enter just for fun. There is a training page for those not quite ready to compete that lets you exercise your skills through a number of different exercises, each with a sweet name such as ‘Genome Sequencing’, ‘a depressed robot’ and ‘Dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants’…

The next challenge is on January 25th next year and is titled ‘Mission to Mars’. If any developers out there are planning to enter or have previously entered one of the challenges we’d love to hear from you!

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