Three Indians crack Google code jam

By agencies   |   Monday, 28 March 2005, 08:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: Three Indians, including one based in Singapore, are among the top five winners of a contest organized by Google, the world's largest search engine.

This was the third contest held worldwide by Google, and the first in India. The second contest was held in the U.S. last year.

Ardian K Poernomo of Singapore and Pascal Alfadian of Indonesia bagged the first two places at the Google Code Jam contest, while the Indians – Rajsekar Manokaran of Chennai, Nishant Redkar of Mumbai and Sreeram Ramachandran of Singapore – won the third, fourth and fifth places.

"We hope the contest will provide opportunities to attract strong computer scientists to our research and development center here," Krishna Bharat, head of Google India's centre, said adding "the contest is an extension of our annual code jam competition and celebrates the art of computer science, demonstrating to geeks the value we place on excellent coding."

The first two winners received $6,900 (Rs 300,000) and Rs 200,000 ($4,500), while the Indian winners received Rs 125,000, Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000.

Though 14,000 techies from six countries in South Asia participated in the online contest, only 500 qualified for the first round and 50 of them reached the final round.

A total of Rs 850,000 was distributed among the 45 other finalists.

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