When Delhi boy Kalash Gupta, a student at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, recently won the coveted title of the best coder in the world, everyone on social media applauded the young lad for his achievement. . But even after winning a $10,000 cash grand prize – at the global computer programming competition, CodeVita, which hosted a lakh of entrants from 87 countries this year – Gupta chooses to stay humble and keep solving problems. more difficult.
“It’s great to be able to compete against strong and competitive programmers and perform well. It was a nice learning experience,” the 22-year-old says of his experience in the contest, adding, “I don’t I have no immediate plans for the amount of the prize. I will probably save it for any goals I may have in the future.
His first encounter with the world of competitive coding was when he was in Grade 11. “I was introduced to competitive programming in class 11 and loved it right away. I enjoyed pursuing it as a hobby, and that’s what motivated me to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science and in engineering…Today I would encourage everyone to try competitive programming and stick with it if they benefit from it.It’s also important to keep increasing the difficulty of the tasks you practice to improve your skills in problem solving and becoming a more competitive programmer,” he says.
Gupta feels strongly in the power of technology. “I believe that technology will continue to be deeply connected to our lives. Continued progress will likely allow us to solve tougher problems and improve the quality of our lives,” he says, adding that he has a time relatively low screen size and always trying to reduce it.
You would think he would have taken a step closer to his dream by now, having won an international competition, but Gupta, on the contrary, says: “I have always treated competitive programming as a hobby and not just as a hobby. a springboard for progress. in my career. In two or three years, I might be pursuing a master’s degree. And I would like to work on difficult problems.