Life changed in many ways for Maninderpal Singh, the winner of the TechGig Code Gladiators 2014. Not only did he update his career status to the best coder in the country, he also won prize money of Rs. 1.5 lakh. Code Gladiators helped to reveal the talent of this small town boy from Muktsar, Punjab.
The journey of Code Gladiators started with 64 companies and 36,000 coders in April 2014 with the aim of finding the best coding talent in the country. Out of these, only 64 coders and 37 companies made it to the finale that was held in Delhi recently.
For Singh, an engineer from IIIT Allahabad, TechGig Code Gladiators was the first contest that gave him recognition amongst his peers and in the industry. Coding happened to him by chance as he was good with numbers, algorithms and problem-solving skills in college. The real learning started for him at Drishti Soft, the company that nominated him to participate in this national inter-company coding competition.
With only 1.5 years of experience at a mid-size company, Singh managed to outperform participants from many leading companies in the contest. He gives all the credit to the time-to-time training sessions provided by his employer, Drishti Soft that continually upgraded his knowledge and skills.
Talking about his experience, Singh said, “Code Gladiator was a great learning experience, personally and professionally. It gave me an opportunity to assess my skills against my peers and it has helped me tremendously to hone my coding skills. Also, I earned accolades from industry leaders and Code Gladiators has opened many new avenues for me.”
The second winner of Code Gladiators also came from Drishti Soft. If the winners of this contest are any indication then it can be concluded that Indian IT start-ups and SMEs are doing all the right things to attract, assess and hire some of the best coding talent in the country.
In its maiden year, TechGig Code Gladiators successfully revealed the best coding talent in the country by bringing coders from start-ups and established giants under one roof to compete and unleash their true potential.
Accepting his Title and the Rs 1.5 Lakh Cash Prize Award, Maninderpal said, “It feels amazing to have won India’s Best Code Gladiator award. It was an awesome feeling watching CTO’s of famous IT companies and hundreds of coders come together with varied experience to compete. I would like to thank my company Drishti Soft and praise TechGig for organizing such a well-managed event that helped coders realize their potential and gain exposure in the IT industry.”