We will be honest, the road to January LunchTime 2015 was not the most glamorous one. We had just experienced, what perhaps was the worst Cook-Off in the history of CodeChef, and once again we were confronted by a short contest. Yes, the participation in our LunchTime has not been much in comparison to the Cook-Offs. But we have started getting numbers in the higher range. And it was imperative that we run this contest smoothly, as the targeted participants here are the school kids and you do not want to put up a bad show for them. So, this time around we were a tad better equipped. We had brought in some fixes and were hoping for a smoother contest this time around. And that’s exactly what we got. We were even happier to see that even in terms sheer numbers, the January LunchTime 2015 was among the biggest LunchTime contests we have had.
Now, after the prologue to January LunchTime 2015, let’s take you through the course of the competition and how it faired. The contest problems came from Pavel Sheftelevich, who also translated the problem statements in Russian. The testing of the problems was handled by Roman Rubanenko, who has been behind so many of our successful LunchTime contests. The Mandarin flavor for the problem set came from Gedi Zheng. And finally the cherry on top in the form of the elaborate and delectable editorials came from Paweł Kacprzak. With INOI 2014-2015 just at a week away, the January LunchTime came as a great opportunity for the aspirants to test the waters and they did enjoy it.
The January LunchTime 2015 started at its scheduled time, with no glitch at all, and that brightened up our Sunday. It was now up to the participants to come and sprinkle their magic all over. And the first one to make a correct submission was evanlimanto, it was also the first submission of the contest. And it was followed by several other accepted submissions well within the first hour of the contest. We saw plenty of familiar and big names surfacing on the rank tables in uwi, yutaka1999, kaizero, and many others. To have those names pop up in the early stage of the contest means good things will follow as the contest proceeds. And that’s what exactly happened.
After the first hour of the contest we had zxqfl of University of Toronto Schools holding the top spot on the non-Indian rank table, while the Indian table was graced by meteora, a force to reckon with in our LunchTime contests. But closely tailing the rank leaders were some names including animesh_f, fataleagle, bhagatdivesh12 and many more, to look forward to in the coming contests. The race to the top started heating up as we moved into the contest; however the names at the top of the table did not change much. And as the end approached the winners for the contest became more and more apparent. So, let’s meet them all.
We start with the non-Indian top ten performers from schools:
And now we move towards the Indian top 10:
A big round of applause for all our little wizards from schools across the globe!
Now, let us give you the final stats of January LunchTime 2015:
We hope you all enjoyed the contest and to see you all in the impending contests as well. If you enjoyed the contest, we are sure you are going to love the editorials for it. They will help you overcome any small doubt that you might have in your mind. So, head over to the discussion forum and enjoy them.
Now, before we close down this blog post, let us take you through our blog where we have put up some new and exciting posts about what we have been up to. So, do enjoy them, share them, and send your feedback on them to us. We love hearing from you guys.
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See you at the contests.
In our attempt to build a closely knit community of computer programmers from all over the world, we had introduced a silent “group feature” for our discussion forum sometime back. Currently not available for everyone, the objective behind the feature was to let you carry on a conversation, which is pertinent to a specific set of people cutting down the noise. If you wish to create a group of your school or college or campus chapter, you need to get in touch with us and we will do the needful. We already have some groups running like the:
These groups follow the same question answer format along with the features like tagging, searching, commenting and voting the posts. They can be public or semi private to discuss any programming related topic, event, or can prepare for an upcoming contest with other aspirants. While all this sounds awesome, there was a slight shortcoming with the said feature in the form that, unlike our discussion forum, the members did not receive any notifications for their subscription when there was an activity on the group.
So, in order to keep the members of the group updated on the happenings, we have brought in a “subscription” feature. With this we have taken the primary subscription setting from forum to the group, allowing you to receive notifications for all or any activity that you choose to subscribe to in the group. So, the days of missing on updates from the group are gone behind. Go and subscribe to all the alerts from the groups you are part of, and if you are not part of any, but want to start one for your institute or organisation or your programming club, do get in touch with us.
Now, while that small change caters to a limited set of users, here’s something big for all of you. It gives us immense pleasure to introduce the addition of “LaTeX mathematical typesetting” to our discussion forum. With LaTeX the painful exercise of uploading images for every mathematical formula you want to insert in your question or answer, is a fossil now. This was a much wanted feature specially for writing good fun editorials. LaTex allows us to write mathematical expressions in a markup style, which is somewhat akin to HTML. To know more about LaTex read below:
We hope that these new features will make your stay in the discussion forum seamless. However, if you face any trouble or have any queries, do write in to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if there is any feature that you think that can enhance the overall experience on discuss or on CodeChef do write into us. For now, play around with these new offerings from our Chefs.