July 23, 2010 5:32:28 pm
Directi,a products company,announced the launch of Go for Gold,an ambitious initiative for Indian software developers.
Go for Gold is a non-profit initiative conceptualized and driven by Directi to enable an Indian team to excel at the world finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC),the most competitive programming challenge in the world.
This international competition,currently in its 34th edition,has been run by Baylor University,USA,and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM),a society of more than 96,000 computing educators,researchers,professionals,and students worldwide,since the mid-1970s as the premiere programming competition. Last year 103 teams throughout the world participated in the world finals.
Go for Gold is an extensive plan designed to make Indian programmers the best in the world. To this end,Directi has pledged a yearly support of 70,000US$ to nurture Indian talent.
The funds will be utilized towards supporting the regional rounds of the ACM ICPC competitions at the Kanpur and Amritapuri sites,travel sponsorships of the teams that qualify for the ACM ICPC world finals,and training support. In a bid to broad base the initiative,Go for Gold will also proactively expand its catchment area to include programming contests conducted by other premier colleges in the country. The Go for Gold cup will be awarded to the Indian team that finishes at a higher rank than any other Indian team has reached in the history of ACM-ICPC World Finals.
The winning team will also take home a significant cash prize,Sharing his views,Bhavin Turakhia,Founder & CEO,Directi said,Directis Go for Gold has been designed with the single-minded objective of providing upcoming Indian software developers the much needed training and support to hone their problem solving skills. Through this initiative,we will spur and accelerate the programming talent development in our country and see India at the winning post.
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