Andela, HackerRank launch “Crack The Code” contest for software engineers in Kenya 

Andela has launched a competitive online code challenge for software engineers named “Crack the Code” during this time where most people have been urged by the government to stay at home to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Open only to software engineers physically in Kenya, the online challenge run on HackerRank has 5 questions in total (1 easy, 2 intermediate and 2 advanced) with each participant required to answer a minimum of 3 questions.  Participants will need to be proficient in the following stacks for this challenge: Javascript, Python 2, Python 3, Go, Kotlin, Java 7, Java 8 and Ruby.

The challenge is aimed at engaging engineers as they work from their homes away from others whilst they improve skills required for undertaking online technical interviews.  With companies increasing reliance on tech services in this period, engineers can benefit from sharpening their skills and gauging their technical prowess as they stay at home.

Engineers interested in participating have to sign up online after which they will receive an email on how to access the code challenge. This is a timed challenge hence once a participant logs in they will have a total of 48 hours to complete the challenge from the time they begin.

“The times we’re in present unique opportunities for levelling up and acquiring new skills. For software engineers, who are our primary audience, “Crack the Code” is a fun, challenging and rewarding way to stay on top of their technical game even as they stay at home” says Janet Maingi, Andela Kenya’s Country Director.

Participants get a score based on their results once they complete the challenge which will be updated periodically on a leaderboard. The top 3 participants with the highest scores stand to win up to $1,000 worth of prizes and one has to get above 225 points to be considered eligible to win.

The challenge is open until 11:59pm on April 6, 2020


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