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SnackDown is a multi round programming competition open to anyone with a knack for programming. Hosted by CodeChef, the competition was started in the year 2009.

The aim with SnackDown is to pit the finest computer programming brains from different parts of the globe against each other, under one roof in India. SnackDown also provides a unique opportunity for the top programmers of the world to get a flavour of India and at the same time let the Indian programmers meet top global programmers in flesh and bones. The competition is open to everyone including the middle and high school students as well as working professionals, virtually having no formal eligibility criteria.

SnackDown had a humble beginning with the inaugural edition of SnackDown witnessing participation from 639 teams of 3 members each taking part in the competition. Since then the contest has grown by leaps and bounds, with every subsequent edition triumphing its precursor. Today, SnackDown is being considered to be one of the most coveted onsite competitive programming titles across the globe.

If you can code, you can compete in SnackDown. If you are an aspiring programmer or know someone who is, we would like to see you compete. Join CodeChef and take the first plunge towards having fun with the best programmers out there. If you have any queries regarding SnackDown, you can always reach us at: snackdown@codechef.com.

  • The inaugural edition of CodeChef SnackDown was hosted back in 2009.
  • The first edition was a two round competition with 639 teams of 3 members each competing in the first round and top 21 teams moving to the onsite finale, on January 10th 2010.
  • After the first edition, SnackDown went on a hiatus of 5 years, before making a comeback in a bigger avatar in 2015.
  • SnackDown has received registrations from participants of 92 countries till now.
  • SnackDown has seen participation by students/professionals from 2234 unique institutes/organisations/schools from across the globe.
  • Participants have used 36 different programming languages to code their solutions.
  • The most used programming language in SnackDown has been C++ with a whopping 28106 AC's in the language! The second most used language being C having 4793 AC's followed by Java having 3050 ACs and Pyhton with 1681 AC submissions.
  • No team has ever managed to solve all the problems in a SnackDown Finale.
  • The maximum number of problems solved by a team across all the rounds of SnackDown is 38. This feat was achieved by team sequoia of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, featuring Alexander Ostanin & Alexey Dmitriev.
  • The fastest submission made in a SnackDown Finale was made by team of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv featuring Dmytro Ihnatenko in SnackDown 2015 Finale. They cracked their first problem in 396 seconds.
  • The fastest submission made in a SnackDown Elimination was made by team coderacers of Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, New Delhi featuring Abhay Garg & Aditya Jain in Online Elimination Round of SnackDown 2015. They cracked their first problem in 261 seconds.

Gennady korotkevich and Borys Minaiev of team pattern_avoid won the SnackDown 2016 Global Championship

Over 13000 teams had registered from 96 countries for the online qualification round. After multiple online rounds, 57 teams (includes top 25 Global, top 25 Indian, Girls’ team and Indian school team) were invited to Mumbai, India for the onsite finals. The winners of various categories at the onsite finals were:

SnackDown 2016 Champions

xuyinzhan and Apia Du of team aapppppppiii won the SnackDown 2015 Global Championship

Over 7500 teams had registered from 104 countries for the online qualification rounds. After multiple online rounds, 26 Indian teams (includes top 25 teams from India and a top Indian school team) were flown down to Mumbai for the onsite finals. The global teams were made to compete online. The final winners of various categories were:

SnackDown 2015 Champions

Yash, Nadeem Moidu, Kunal Jain won SnackDown 2010 Champion DreamSN

Over 600 teams had registered from various campuses in India during the online qualification round. After multiple online rounds, 7 Indian teams were flown down to Mumbai for the onsite finals.

SnackDown 2010 Champions