Challenge accepted

Publicado el 29/4/2013 por Eng Outreach Committee

As we have been announcing in older posts, the third edition of our programming contest Tuenti Challenge (#TuentiChallenge3) starts today. The registration period will thereby be open until May 6th, we therefore encourage you to register now and participate. Don’t lose another second! If you are still unaware of what Tuenti Challenge is, here is a brief recap.

What is Tuenti Challenge?
Tuenti Challenge is a programming contest that has been going on for three year and consists in overcoming challenges such as computer security, cryptography or algorithms, brought up by our engineering team.

How does it work?
The contest is divided into two stages. In the first stage, the participants have to attempt to resolve as many challenges as they can. The first 50 will receive a Tuenti pack of prizes, and 10 of them will be selected to continue. In the second stage, the 10 finalists will get the opportunity to visit our offices in Madrid and learn their work ethic, participate in workshops with the company’s current engineers and may have the possibility of working for Tuenti.

Tuenti Challenge advice
In older posts, you may be curious to know and find what the winners of the past Tuenti Challenge editions have said, who are currently working for Tuenti, as well as employees of our tech team that give you advice through the videos they have posted. Do you have any questions for them? Follow us in the official Tuenti Page or on Twitter at #TuentiChallenge3

Meeting the Tech Team: Rosa Gutiérrez

Publicado el 25/4/2013 por Eng Outreach Committee

Rosa studied at the University of Sevilla and finished her Degree in Computer Science in 2008. She worked in research and later went to London to do an MSc. She was there for two years and came to Madrid after participating in the first edition of the Tuenti Challenge. She was the first winner of our contest and has been a part of the Engineering Team at Tuenti ever since.

She's been part of the Backend Framework team for most of her time at Tuenti, but she has recently switched to the Tools team which provides tools and infrastructure to the rest of the Tuenti engineers to support highly efficient, quality coding.

If you want to get to know her a little better, don't miss the video we've made of her ;)

Meeting the Tech Team: David Iglesias

Publicado el 17/4/2013 por Eng Outreach Committee

David Iglesias, with a Computer Science degree from the University of Oviedo, finished his studies in 2006 and has worked in web development ever since. He came to Madrid from Asturias in 2009, when he was hired to work at Tuenti. He began on the Product Team, and since the beginning of 2012, he has been a part of the Frontend Framework Team who writes the base code used by the rest of Tuenti’s Frontend programmers.

We’ve put together some videos to help you get to know the Tuenti Tech Team a little better. Meet David here, in our first video ;)

#TuentiChallenge3. Working at Tuenti, a Real Opportunity (Part 3)

Publicado el 12/4/2013 por Eng Outreach Committee

The last, but not least, the conclusion of our interviews with previous winners is wrapped up with Oleg Zaystev. He was born in the Ukraine and came to Spain with his family when he was 14. He finished school here and did a Mathematics degree at UCM, which he finished while working at Tuenti.

How did you find out about the Contest? What made you sign up?
I saw an ad on Tuenti, and I love programming so it was an easy decision. To be honest, I had  been counting down the days to start the contest.

What Programming language did you use?
I used Python for all my problems. It’s my favorite programming language and it’s fast enough to solve all problems in a reasonable amount time. The ability to handle very large numbers without doing any extras was another positive point for Python.

Did you expect to be finalist?
Well, I wanted to be more than I expected I would be until the last day. I got stuck on the 8th problem for 2 days, and when I reached the 20th, I almost gave up on it. The inspiration came to me on the last evening and I was finally able to solve them all.

What is the best  thing about being part of Tuenti?
You learn a lot every day. Every day you can develop yourself professionally and personally, there’s always somebody to help, and there’s always somebody who appreciates your help.

Who would you encourage to participate?
Anybody who likes programming should participate, even if s/he doesn’t want to work with us. I had a very good time solving the challenges and it didn’t take me a lot of time. In fact, I did most of the challenges at night - early morning, when I was coming back home after playing video games with my friends all night.

Do you remember your favorite challenge? How did you solve it?
It was the 19th challenge. I had to paint the binary code in different colors to find the pattern. It took me a lot of time and I had to tweak the algorithm because I’d never seen it before.

Do you remember the most difficult? How did you solve it?
The most difficult was the funniest one and my favorite! It couldn’t have been any other way.

Don’t forget to sign up! Registration is still open, so hurry up! At Tuenti, we’re already gearing up to start the challenge of the year! Are you ready? ;)

#TuentiChallenge3. Working at Tuenti, a Real Opportunity (Part 2)

Publicado el 10/4/2013 por Eng Outreach Committee

Time flies and #TuentiChallenge3 is only two weeks away (remember, registration is still open so hurry and sign up!). We know waiting is hard, so let’s learn some more about the winners of previous editions... If you are one of the 2,600 registered participants, Daniel Rey’s experiences will be really useful. He’s one of the youngest members of our team (only 22) and was finishing up his studies in computer Engineering at Oviedo University when joined Tuenti.

How did you find out about the Contest? What made you sign up?
I signed up for the second edition after an email was sent directly to me. I don’t remember how I found out about the contest the year before... I think I saw an ad on Tuenti. I signed up because I like challenges, especially those about logic and programming.

What Programming language did you use?
I used Python, but for some problems I used C++ for a little extra speed. For these kinds of challenges, the language speed is usually not nearly as important as the algorithm used, so I think the best language to use is the one that you are most comfortable with.

Did you expect to be finalist?
In the previous edition, I solved 18 of the 20 problems, so I was pretty confident that this time, if I didn’t get stuck with one of the difficult problems, I could be at least near the top.

What is the best of being part of Tuenti?
There are incredible people here, and you have the opportunity to learn something new everyday... the kinds of things you normally don’t learn during your studies.

Who would you encourage to participate?
Everyone with notions of programming who is looking for an intellectual challenge. The prizes are good, the possibility of being recruited by Tuenti is even better, and even if you don’t make it into the finals, a week of continuous challenge and fun is still worthwhile.

Do you remember your favorite challenge? How did you solve it?
It was the 19th. I felt ultra-powerful when I discovered a pattern in the numbers after hours of staring at them.

Do you remember the most difficult? How did you solve it?
The most difficult one for me was the last one. I spent almost a week trying to solve it, and the last night I left my laptop trying to solve by brute-force with every possible solution that my (tired) mind could think of. When I woke up, I was ready to give up, but the program had found the solution! A few hours later, and just in time, I submitted the complete solution to the problem :)

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