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Gennady Korotkevich, currently a PhD student at ITMO University, hasn’t stepped from the first place in Google Code Jam since 2014. This time, he also bested his closest competitors from Canada and the USA. Among the tournament’s top five was also ITMO graduate Evgeny Kaplun.
Once again, ITMO PhD Student Gennady Korotkevich won the Google Code Jam international competition. This time, the event took place in San Francisco on August 9. This was the sixth victory in the programmer’s winning streak. Apart from Gennady, the Japanese contestant Makoto Soejima and the contest’s first-timer Andrew He from MIT got into the top-3. Every year, over 50,000 programmers from all over the world participate in Google Code Jam, with only 25 making it to the finals. Among the latter were also ITMO’s students Boris Minaev and Evgeny Kaplun.
Just recently, the Google Code Jam international coding competition ended in Toronto. For the fifth time in a row, it was ITMO student Gennady Korotkevich who took the winning title, having beat his immediate competitors: Kamil Debowski from Poland and Makoto Soejima from Japan. Each year, over 50,000 programmers from all over the world participate in the event.
Computer science isn’t just about knowing how to design algorithms, analyse data or work with functions. First and foremost, it is about creativity, which computer scientists use to solve problems that no one has solved before and to improve both household and industrial processes. Today’s Master’s programs don’t teach theoretical knowledge – Bachelor’s programs should cover that. In Master’s programs students are taught how to apply this knowledge in practice, says Daria Yakovleva, Master’s student from ITMO’s Department of Computer Technologies. We spoke to Daria about taking part in internships, competitions and activities at the university and how that can help one’s future career.
ITMO University’s Master’s student Gennady Korotkevich has set a new record as the four-time winner of the international programming competition Google Code Jam. Evgeny Kapun, a PhD student at ITMO, took 5th place. The final round of the competition took place in Dublin on 11th August and lasted four hours. One day earlier, the Distributed Code Jam competition was also held in Ireland, in which Evgeny Kapun took second place, and Pavel Mavrin, a tutor at the Computer Technology Department at ITMO, took fourth place
Collegiate programming is often seen as a male-exclusive activity. Women participating in major competitions are seen as exceptions to the rule. Daria Yakovleva, third-year student and assistant at ITMO’s Computer Technologies Department, thinks that women are just as capable at coding and algorithm creation as men. She would know – Daria has placed 9th in Google’s Code Jam to IO for Women. In an interview with ITMO.NEWS, she talks about women in programming and how she found her calling as a programmer.