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'''uDebug 2.0: Connecting the Competitive Programming Community'''
Not long ago, I received a message from one of my Facebook followers, saying that “uDebug is [a] really good place for programmers. [Just as] Facebook [is] connecting people ... uDebug [is] connecting programmers. ” In an instant, this individual had captured the essence of what uDebug is attempting to accomplish. But perhaps we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
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More formally, uDebug is an engaged community of competitive programmers who help each other by answering questions on chat, providing hints and solutions to problems from several online judges, furnishing test input and sharing feedback. The focus is for the competitive programming community to engage with each other and be part of a democratic culture.
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In this talk we begin by looking at what uDebug was in its first incarnation, uDebug 1.0. Then we take a quick trip down memory lane to describe the history of uDebug. Later we see how uDebug evolved over time and that it became necessary to be reinvented in its current form, uDebug 2.0. We then take a closer look at some of the people who made uDebug 2.0 a reality with their amazing contributions (including some current World Finalists). We’ll then do a walk-through of the features uDebug 2. 0 has to offer. Finally, we conclude the talk by noting how uDebug has transformed from being just a service to a one-of-a-kind community that connects competitive programmers with the singular goal of helping them become better at their sport while enjoying what they do and fostering a sense of camaraderie.
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Title: CodeChef - The year as it happened, 2015
Speaker: Anup Kalbalia, Sr. Tech Lead @ Directi, Leads www.codechef.com
CodeChef is a global programming community that fosters learning and friendly competition, built on top of the world’s largest competitive programming platform. It organizes three featured contests every month and gives away prizes and goodies to the winners as an encouragement. Apart from this, the platform is open to the entire programming community to host their own contests. Major institutions and organizations across the globe use our platform to host their contests. On an average, 30+ external contests are hosted on our platform every month. We also partner with colleges and groups to create local CodeChef Chapters, meet-ups, orientation sessions and programming workshops. Last year we showcased the platform in the CLI Symposium 2015 held at Marrakesh, Morocco for the first time, where it received great appreciation and provided us with a lot of encouragement.
Last year (2015) we successfully hosted the online rounds for Asia Regionals (India) for successive years. We helped conduct the onsite round as well for the regionals held at Kolkata, Chennai, and Amritapuri. This was the first time that any ICPC onsite regional was being held on our platform.