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16 Year Old High School Student From San Mateo California Beats Out Hundreds of Techies From Top Universities in National Coding Challenge

Aragon High School’s Tony Wang placed tenth out of 600 challengers in the 2014 Back2School CodeSprint


Today, HackerRank announces that Tony Wang, a student from Aragon High School in San Mateo California placed in the top ten of its 2014 Back2School Codesprint, a coding competition that brought together undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation to compete in solving a series of seven coding challenges in 24 hours. Tony Wang’s achievement marks the first time a high school student has ranked in the top ten of its national coding challenges.

HackerRank is a platform for coders to sharpen their skills as well as a tool for companies like Amazon, Riot Games and Quora to hire top technical talent and streamline their recruiting process. HackerRank’s Back2School Codesprint challenged 600 undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their coding skills across a number of computer science domains including arrays, number theory and dynamic programming.  

Amongst the top ten finalists were students from the University of Washington , Union College , Cornell , Princeton , UCLA , MIT , UCSD and UC Berkeley as well as one student from Aragon High School in San Mateo. Several contestants achieved a perfect score out of a possible 420.00, and so those students with the fastest times ranked the highest. Previous Codesprint winners have gone on to find jobs at Palantir and RocketFuel after being discovered at colleges that are often overlooked like the University of Tulsa and the Maharishi University of Management , respectively.

Here are the winners from this year’s event:

1 -  Wesley Cao,  Princeton University,  Senior

2 -  Saketh Are,  Cornell University,  Junior

3 -  Daniel Fleischman,  Cornell University,  Graduate Student

4 -  Ashley Crosswhite,  University of Washington,  Junior

5 -  Chaoshuai Lü,  University of California, Los Angeles,  Graduate Student

6 -  Joshua Chin,  Union College,  Freshman

7 - Lawrence Wu,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  Sophomore

8 -  Julaiti Alafate,  University of California, San Diego,  Graduate Student

9 -  Lewin Gan,  University of California, Berkeley,  Senior

10 -  Tony Wang,  Aragon High School,  High School Junior

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“It’s truly gratifying to bring bright student minds together to compete and enjoy the sport of coding.” said Vivek Ravisankar, CEO and cofounder of HackerRank. “Our platform gives coders of all ages and levels the opportunity to showcase their skills and it seems every year we see more talent from more places around the world.”

HackerRank is one of the fastest growing developer communities that helps programmers hone skills and businesses find top tech talent.  For businesses, HackerRank identifies the right hires in an increasingly competitive market and objectively measures engineering skill of software developers. For coders, HackerRank provides a natural coding environment stocked with an unparalleled set of coding languages and challenges across the domains of computer science to practice their skills, no matter their particular field of interest.

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About HackerRank

HackerRank is a Mountain View based social platform for developers, where hackers of all skill levels can test their skills with fun games, challenges, and competitions. HackerRank, founded in July of 2012, is a graduate of Y Combinator and was co-founded by Vivek Ravisankar and Harishankaran Karunanidhi.

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