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Hindustan Times concludes Codeathon, one of India’s biggest coding olympiads

HT Codeathon provides an opportunity to build the next generation of coders.

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NEW DELHI: Technology today has become a way of life, making coding an extremely important skill to possess in order to thrive in this competitive era. Hindustan Times Codeathon platform enables students to learn coding and showcase their talent thereby putting them on an accelerated path to success by enabling them to learn, participate and then win.

While India has a lot of coders, coding for kids is novel and nascent. Institutional coding is not yet developed for kids while coding remains premium and aspirational for parents and cool for kids. Through HT Codeathon, there is an opportunity to build the next generation of coders.

More than 10,000 schools participated with over 61,000 registrations, and students learnt programming languages such as HTML, CSS, Python.

Samudra Bhattacharya, CEO-print, HT Media said, “This has been a long journey of over a year in developing the right platform which solves a need-gap in the education space for our partner schools as well as our sponsors. This is precisely the balance we wanted to achieve when we started this journey. I wish to thank our esteemed partners in Cuemath, IBM and Delhi government.”

Rajan Bhalla, Group CMO, HT Media added, “This is a first-of-its kind initiative and solidifies our continued focus towards the millennial and GenZ audiences and the hugely positive response from our trusted readers and partner schools acts as the perfect endorsement. This is just the first step in creating a big movement around engaging the younger audiences with platforms that speak to them.”

Hindustan Times Codeathon provided the perfect opportunity amidst the lockdown to enhance coding skills and make children ready for a tech-enabled future. A student just had to pay a one-time registration fee of Rs 499/- + GST to complete their registration process at www.htcodeathon.com.

Eligibility: Students of Classes VI to IX

Online preparation modules were provided to the student post-registration. Online qualifiers and the finale were conducted in December. HT Codeathon also provides various incentives to the students to participate by providing various gift hampers such as laptops and smart watches. Certificate of participation has also been provided to all the participating students.

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