Sponsored and organized by Bending Spoons.
Codeflows is a nationwide programming competition whose final stage is taking place in Milan on May 4, 2019. Are you either Italian or working or living in Italy? Do you breathe coding? Ready to prove you're among the best? Applications Closed!
If you love programming and you’re up for a challenge, Codeflows is likely to be your best opportunity to measure yourself against the most awesome competition in Italy.
Prizes will be extremely generous: if you get on the medal stand, you’ll be awarded 15K€ for #1, 10K€ for #2, and 5K€ for #3. An additional prize of 250€ will be handed out to you if you reach The Finals, independently of your ranking.
Applying is free. For those who make it to The Finals, all expenses (including travel and accommodation in the center of Milan) will be covered.
Qualifying to The Finals will be difficult, so, if you make it, you’ll be sure to be surrounded by some of the most amazing programmers nationwide. Connect with many incredibly passionate and skilled people!
With nearly 300,000 new users downloading our apps every day, we’re one of the most exciting fast-growing tech companies in Europe. Our brand new office will be the backdrop for the event.
Apply by December 3, 2018
We reserve the right to close the application window prematurely and at any time, in case we receive more applications than we can handle.
Sure. On December 15, 2018 each participant will receive a link to complete a set of programming challenges powered by HackerRank. These should take no more than a couple of hours. Participants will have to submit their solutions by December 29, 2018, at 9 am CET, or else they’ll be disqualified. A score will be determined for each participant based on the correctness of their solutions and on how quickly they submitted them. The top 200 by score will move on to The Qualifiers - Round II. More details will follow after you’ve applied.
The participants that survive The Qualifiers - Round I will be invited to another qualifier round taking place on March 23, 2019, at 9 am CET, and lasting for about three hours. This will consist once more in a set of programming problems (slightly harder ones). Again, there will be no requirement of being physically present anywhere specific. However, this time around the competition will take place at the same time for all participants. A score will be determined for each one based on the correctness of their solutions and on how quickly they submitted them. All participants will be ranked by score and the top 40 will be invited to The Finals. You’ll be provided with more specifics if you qualify for The Qualifiers - Round II.
You’ll be attacking a tough set of programming challenges for five hours — this is going to be a marathon! A score will be determined for each participant based on the correctness of their solutions and on how quickly they submitted them. The final ranking will depend solely on these scores. You’ll be explained this in the finest detail at a later point, in case you qualify for The Finals.
The total pot is 40K€. When the competition ends, the highest ranking participant will win 15K€, the second highest 10K€, and the third 5K€. Additionally, a total of 250€ will be handed out to each participant in The Finals, independently of their eventual ranking. Prize winners will be asked to provide a bank account and the transfers will happen five days after The Finals at the latest.
Throughout the entire competition, you’ll be allowed to code in any of these programming languages. You’ll be allowed to use any pre-made snippets and you’ll be free to use the internet as you please.
The Qualifiers - Round I won’t require your physical presence and you’ll have up to two weeks from December 15, 2018 (invitation date) to submit your solution. The Qualifiers - Round II will take place on March 23, 2019 for about three hours and again your physical presence won’t be required. The Finals are taking place at the Bending Spoons headquarter in Milan (Corso Como 15), and will be held on May 4, 2019 (see schedule below). Brunch, snacks, and dinner on the day of The Finals will be provided for. You’ll have a hotel room reserved for the night prior and following the event, so you can be fresh in the morning and perform at your best, as well as avoid travelling late in the night. Taking advantage of the hotel will be optional.
Codeflows is completely free for all participants. If you make it to The Finals, Bending Spoons will provide food, hotel accommodation (the night before and after), and will refund all of the travel expenses you’ll bear to attend up to a maximum amount of 250€ per participant (this is on top of the 250€ that every participant in The Finals will win). If you’re traveling by train or by plane, we’ll book the tickets for you. If you choose to reach us by car, you’ll just be asked to send the related payment receipts via email at email@example.com after the event and to provide a bank account for the refund to be carried out (this will happen within five working days after The Finals).
Applications will remain open until December 3, 2018. You can apply here. We reserve the right to close the application window prematurely and at any time, in case we receive more applications than we can handle 😱. When applying, you’ll be asked to login with a Linkedin account — this helps us reduce spam and cheating, and gives our recruiting department something to work with! Should your profile look like a joke (for example, if your name is “Luke Skywalker”), you won’t be invited to take part in The Qualifiers - Round I.
All participants must either be Italian or live or work in Italy (so foreigners living in Italy or Italians living abroad can apply too). If you’re wondering why, that’s because this event is meant to celebrate and encourage software development in Italy, where folks at Bending Spoons believe there’s a huge opportunity to do a lot more in this respect. Also, participants have to be at least 18 years old at registration date. We’re going to trust your word with regards to your nationality, residency, and age. However, in case we get suspicious 🧐, we reserve the right to ask for documentation. Granting admission to the competition will be at our sole discretion.
You must bring your laptop, charger, and (optionally) headphones for maximum isolation. Feel free to bring food or water, if you’re particular in this respect, but do know that both will be provided throughout the day.
Bending Spoons is a tech company that currently specializes in developing and marketing mobile apps. Our apps are used by tens of millions of people all around the world and get downloaded nearly 300.000 times per day just on iOS, making Bending Spoons the first Italian and European company by that metric globally, and a top 10 among all companies worldwide. We sponsor and organize the event with the purposes of (i) promoting the beauty of software development in Italy and (ii) making our brand as employer more widely known (we’re hiring!). For more information on Bending Spoons, check out our website, as well as what Spooners say about working here.