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Competitive Coding Champ and Senior Google Engineer, Ahmed Aly, Joins HackerRank to Unearth Technical Talent Across the World via Digital Hackathons


Today HackerRank, the technical talent platform used by programmers to hone their coding skills and by companies to recruit tech talent, announces the hiring of Ahmed Aly as lead software engineer. Aly’s extensive experience in competitive coding further accelerates HackerRank’s mission of making the world flat by unearthing hidden talent and giving them a platform to get recognition for their skills.

Aly has consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of ‘best coders in the world’ and has seven years experience judging, running and competing in coding competitions. At Google, Aly worked directly on Google’s search algorithm while also running the company’s competitive coding competitions with over 56,000 registrants for several years, CodeJams. In addition, Aly founded A2 Online Judge, a website that aggregates challenges from 14 different competitive coding sites.

“I only replied to HackerRank’s CEO, Vivek, because their core mission is an extension of what I’ve found is a true love of mine -- giving coders a place to grow and demonstrate their skills,” explained Ahmed Aly, lead software engineer at HackerRank. “This is the field where I can do my best because I am doing what I love.”

“Ahmed is a brilliant mind and an incredibly passionate force in the world of competitive coding,” said Vivek Ravisankar, CEO and cofounder of HackerRank. “He’s found a natural home at HackerRank because his passion aligns with our core mission -- giving anyone in the world resources to grow and demonstrate their programming IQ. We are lucky to have him and are thrilled about what the future holds with him as part of our organization; together we’re making the world flat, fast!”

The news comes on the heels of several other company milestones. HackerRank was named to the CNBC Disruptor 50 List for its gamified solution to hiring tech talent and Forbes named the company’s CEO and cofounder, Vivek Ravisankar, as one of 2015’s most influential enterprise technology professionals under the age of 30. The company also raised strategic funding in July 2015 from Recruit Holding’s HR Technology Fund.

About HackerRank
HackerRank is a technical talent platform used by programmers to hone their coding skills and by companies to recruit tech talent. Co-founded in 2012 by Vivek Ravisankar and Harishankaran Karunanidhi, HackerRank is a Y Combinator graduate with over 1M developers and over 1,000 companies as customers. Learn more at

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