The most prestigious programming contest – “ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest”

ACM ICPC Final Round
ACM ICPC Final Round

Considered as the “Olympics of Programming Competitions”, ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (abbreviated as ACM-ICPC or just ICPC) is an annual multi-tiered team-based competitive programming competition among the universities of the world. Quite simply, it is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world. The contest is sponsored by IBM. Headquartered at Baylor University, with autonomous regions on six continents, and operates under the auspices of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

The contest participants come from over 2,000 universities that are spread across 80 countries and six continents. The contest involves a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the ACM-ICPC World Finals. The ICPC is a team competition. Current rules stipulate that each team consist of three students. Participants must be university students, who have had less than five years of university education before the contest. Students who have previously competed in two World Finals or five regional competitions are ineligible to compete again.

 
Trivia
* In 2012, IIIT-H and IIT-D have come in 18th in the world along with the likes of MIT(USA). It is the best ever performance by any Indian College at ACM ICPC till date.

* Directi has started ‘Go for Gold’ initiative since 2010. It has started as a mission to help an Indian team to win the World Finals of the ACM-ICPC.

* The teams from IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee and IIIT Allahabad are representing India at the ACM ICPC 2015 – 2016 world finals, which is to be held from May 15, 2016 to May 20, 2016 in Prince of Songkla University Phuket, Thailand.

* ITMO University, Russia is the winner of ACM-ICPC 2015. In 2004, ITMO University scored its first victory in ACM-ICPC and by 2015 it became the first in history to win six-time final.

* Since 2000, Russia has won the ACM ICPC a total of 10 times, and China has won it 4 times, out of 16 attempts. The other 2 editions (2007 & 2003) have been won by the University of Warsaw from Poland. Interestingly Russia won its first ICPC World Finals in 2000, and China in 2002.

* The last time US University(Harvey Mudd College) won ACM-ICPC final was in 1997.

* First edition of ACM-ICPC 1977 was won by Michigan State University, USA. From 1977 to 1989 only US Universities have won finals.

* Universities who has won the final competition multiple times are:
ITMO University,Russia
Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, china
Stanford University, USA
University of Warsaw, Poland
University of Waterloo, Canada
California Institute of Technology, USA
Washington University in St. Louis, USA

 

To know more about competition visit ACM-ICPC website

College Drop Out(by their own choice) American Billionaires who rule Sillicon Valley

college dropout

Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates aren’t only billionaire who are college drop-out. The founder of Google, Dell, Apple,  Oracle, Napster are also college drop-out. See the complete list. Major had done dropout in their graduation, while some are Ph.D and MBA drop-outs. But remember one thing that they are college dropout by choice.

* Bill Gates – Microsoft (Harvard University) – US$ 79.2 billion

* Larry Ellison-Oracle (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ; University of Chicago)- US$ 54.3 billion

* Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook (Harvard University) – US$ 33.4 billion

* Larry Page– Google (Stanford University Ph.D) – US$ 29.7 billion

* Sergey Brin– Google (Stanford University Ph.D) –  US$ 29.2 billion

* Steve Ballmer – Microsoft  (Stanford University -MBA)-  US$ 21.5 billion

* Paul Allen-Microsoft (Washington State University) – US$ 17.4 billion

* Michael Dell– Dell (University of Texas at Austin) – US$ 19.5 billion

* Sean Parke-Plaxo, Napster, Airtime, and Causes – US$2.5 billion

college dropout billioinaire
college dropout billioinaire

I am not against education and I don’t say you can success without college education. But I think college is the best time for starting up a business. See some my point

1)You have free time in college to start a business. (it depends upon student)

2)Your living conditions are ideal to start a business. (Mostly college student live in hostel with friends)

3)Your friend or support circle is huge in college days.

4) Even if your start-up failed you are gaining experience of real-world  business that no B-School will ever teach you.

5)You can take advantage of the business competitions on campus.

TCS crosses 3-lakh employee mark

TCS becomes the first Indian IT company to cross 3-lakh employee mark. It behinds only IBM in employee strength. It has already overtaken Accenture Plc to become the world’s second biggest IT services employer with nearly 300,464 people on its payroll. IBM, which does not disclose the number of employees by businesses that include computer hardware and software licences, employs more than 400,000 employees globally.

TCS Siruseri Chennai
TCS Siruseri Chennai

Fast Fact about TCS Q4 results (FY 2013-14)
– Total employee strength: 300,464
– The average age of a TCS employee is 29 years
– 32.7 per cent of the workforce comprised of women
– Attrition rate in IT Services: 10.4% and while in BPS/BPO: 14.9% , Total attrition rate 11.3%
– Annual Revenues up 29.9% at 81,809 crore
– Utilization at 83.8% (ex-trainees) and 77.9% (including trainees)
– As of March 31, 2014, the company has applied for 1746 patents including 211 applied during the quarter. Till date, the company has been granted 114 patents.
– No of clients in US$100M+ revenue band = 24; in US$50M+ revenue band = 53, in $20M+ revenue band = 136; in $10M+ revenue band = 231; in $5M+ revenue band = 354 and in $1M+ revenue band = 714
– FY14 Net Profit at 19,164 cr; up 37.7% Y-o-Y
– Q4 Revenues at 21,551 cr up 31.2% Y-on-Y & 1.2 % Q-on-Q
– Q4 Net Profit at 5,358 cr up 48.2% Y-on-Y & 0.5 % Q-on-Q

Among the new initiatives taken in FY 2013-14 by TCS were:
– Launch of a unique all-female Business Process Service center in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
– Inauguration of new 10,000 seat campus in Gandhinagar, Gujarat
– Launch of a new 10,000-seat Corporate Learning Center in Trivandrum
– Title sponsorship of the TCS New York City Marathon for 8 years starting November 2014

Sporty Facebook acquires a San Francisco-based startup

Facebook has acquired SportStream, a San Francisco-based startup that analyzes mentions of sports on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and provides clean data access to news outlets, media sites and sports teams. SportStream provides real-time data around major sporting events, and Facebook will use this data to help news organizations, including sports teams. The acquisition will help Facebook capture the real-time discussion around sports, something that Twitter still excels in.

Facebook acquires Sportstream (Image Courtesy socialnewsdaily.com)
Facebook acquires Sportstream (Image Courtesy socialnewsdaily.com)

SportStream was backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s venture firm, Vulcan Capital.vSportStream’s San Francisco-based staff will move to Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters. Terms of the deal were not revealed.

Yahoo acquires a small California-based startup PeerCDN

PeerCDN is a peer-to-peer content delivery network (CDN) for the web browser. It is built by Stanford alumni – Feross Aboukhadijeh, Abi Raja, and John Hiesey. On December 17,2013 Yahoo has acquired it.

Yahoo acquires PeerCDN (Image Courtesy - PeerCDN)
Yahoo acquires PeerCDN (Image Courtesy – PeerCDN)

PeerCDN’s technology delivers website’s static assets (like images, streaming videos, and file downloads) over a peer-to-peer network made up of the visitors currently on website. Popular files on website can be quickly and cheaply delivered via a peer-to-peer network of people currently visiting a website , while rarely-visited content can be served reliably from normal web servers. PeerCDN’s technology is using WebRTC, real-time communication technology, instead of using an additional software.

Yahoo has acquired content delivery network provider PeerCDN in a bid to resolve its e-mail service and Flickr. Yahoo has been hit with embarrassing outages of its e-mail service and Flickr, so the appeal of a service like PeerCDN — which promises to reduce web crashes — is obvious. PeerCDN could also be very useful with native Yahoo audio/video content.

Biggest shopping day in the world 11.11 One Day Shopping Festival celebrated in China

11/11 One Day Shopping Festival was not only China’s biggest online shopping day of the year but also the biggest in the world. By the end of Monday, Alibaba, China’s biggest e-commerce company had recorded 35.19 billion yuan ($5.78 billion) in transactions. On last year’s 11/11 day, Alibaba’s websites alone sold more than $3bn worth of goods. 11/11 One Day Shopping Festival in China is started in 2009 by Alibaba. American spent around $2.5 billion on Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. Last year on 12 December 2012, India got its own version of the Cyber Monday called “Great Online Shopping Festival”. Google India had partnered with many of e-commerce companies including Flipkart, Snapdeal, Homeshop18, IndiatimesShopping, and MakeMyTrip.

Biggest shopping day in the world 11.11 One Day Shopping Festival celebrated in China
Biggest shopping day in the world 11.11 One Day Shopping Festival celebrated in China

 

Rome wasn’t built in a day – the first day of today’s Internet Giants

The first day for any start-up is very important for founder because he/she wants to make an impact from day one.  Many of us don’t even realize that some of the start-ups will change the world beyond recognition. “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.  Every famous tech giant is once a start-up. Internet heavyweights such as Facebook, Flipkart, Twitter, Amazon, Linkedin have changed beyond recognition since they launched.  We have collected some of the famous tech giants’ first day/week facts and tried to compare them with current data.

 

First day of today’s internet Giants
First day of today’s internet Giants

Facebook :- Social Networking Giant

  • First Day of Facebook :-

Courtesy : wikipedia.com

Mark Zuckerberg had launched facebook, originally called as thefacebook.com on february 4, 2004. Within twenty-four hours(its first day), facebook had somewhere between 1200 and 1500 registrants according to his roommate and co-founder of facebook, Dustin Moskovitz.

 

  • Today:-

Today, Facebook has become world’s largest social networking website with  1.5 billion registered user( as of June 30, 2013).

 

 

Twitter :- Micro-blogging Giant

  • First Day:-
Twitter in 2006
Twitter in 2006

On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey published the first Twitter(then twttr) message : “just setting up my twttr” .

Courtesy : ibnlive.in.com
Courtesy : ibnlive.in.com

 

The full version Twitter was introduced publicly on July 15, 2006. On its first day, users sent 224 tweets.

 

  • Today :-

Today, Twitter has over 500 million registered and over 200 million active users  generating over 400 million tweets each day.

 

 

IRCTC – India’s largest online

ticket booking platform

  • First Day:
IRCTC in 2002. Courtesy Wayback Machine
IRCTC in 2002. Courtesy Wayback Machine

IRCTC was started on 3rd August, 2002. On the first day of its commencement of e- ticketing service in the country, booked merely 27 tickets.

 

  • Today:

Now daily 4.2 lakhs tickets are booked through IRCTC. Its highest ever per day booking is 5.02 lakh e-tickets on 1st March 2013.

 

flipkart: India’s largest online shopping giant

  • First Day:-
flipkart in 2007. courtesy: Wayback Machine
flipkart in 2007. courtesy: Wayback Machine

No order on first day. The first order came 10 days after Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal launched the site. A guy in Andhra Pradesh bought “Leaving Microsoft to Change the World” by John Wood.

 

  • Today:

On average, Flipkart sells nearly 20 products per minute. It sold one lakh books in a single day on June 3, 2013.

 

 

Amazon : Largest online retailer

  • First Day:-
Amazon home page 1994
Amazon home page 1994

In July 1994, Amazon.com was incorporated. In July 1995, Amazon.com sold first book, “Fluid Concepts & Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought”.

  • Today:

Amazon is world’s largest online retailer. It sold 27 million items on Cyber Monday (2nd December, 2012), or 306 items per second, which is a record.

 

 

LinkedIn: World’s Largest Professional Network

  • First Day:-
LinkedIn in 2003
LinkedIn in 2003

LinkedIn officially launched on May 5, 2003. According to Chris Saccheri, formerly LinkedIn’s Director of Web Development, in the early days, user adoption was rather slow. In the first week, the service had 2,500 users.

 

  • Today:

LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 238 million members in over 200 countries and territories.

 

Pinterest : One of the leading social networking website

 

  • First Day:-
Pinterest in September 2010
Pinterest in September 2010

Ben Silbermann and his co-founders Evan Sharp and Paul Sciarra had started a development of Pinterest in December 2009, and the site launched as a closed beta in March 2010. The site proceeded to operate in invitation-only open beta. Nine months later, the site still had less than 10,000 users. Silbermann said he personally wrote to the site’s first 5,000 users offering his personal phone number and even meeting with some of its users.

 

  • Today:

Pinterest now has 70 million users as of June 2013 and is steadily gaining momentum.

 

Comment  if you know any famous company’s first day facts.

Social empire in world’s largest online community-China

China has the world’s largest and active Internet population. China’s Internet populace grew to 591 million by the end of June, as more new users in the country relied on handsets to go online. In China, local social-media sites dominate the landscape as facebook, twitter etc social networking websites are blocked under the Chinese policy of Internet censorship. According to GlobalWebIndex, over half of the top 15 social media sites in the world are from China.

Chinese Internet users spend more time on social-media sites than their counterparts do in Japan and the United States. Users in China, for example, spend 46 minutes a day visiting social-media sites, compared with 7 minutes in Japan and 37 minutes in the United States. The team at Go Globe has made a good-looking infographic showing how local social media in china stand at present. Along with those numbers, the data also shows that the largest Chinese social network is Qzone, created by Tencent. Tencent Weibo and Sina Weibo are leading microblogging social networking service. WeChat is a mobile text and voice messaging communication service developed by Tencent.

Here’s the full infographic:

Social Media In China - Statistics and Trends
Infographic by- GO-Globe.com

Countries where Google and Facebook are not ruling till 2013

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Countries where Google is not ruling:

Google is a search engine behemoth in the internet world. But in some countries Google is not No# 1 search engine. We have collected ranking of websites from alexa as per July 2013. Red color in Map indiacates those countries where Google is ranked behind its opponents and they are covering around 2.8% of total countries in the world. All major countries/territories are from Asian continent where non-English speaking ratio is high. In China (not sure about North Korea), Google is totally banned.

Google is not No.1 in 2.8% of the countries (7 of 249 countries) in the world.
Google is not No.1 in 2.8% of the countries (7 of 249 countries) in the world.

 

Countries and its own prime search engine names are given below.
China —-> Baidu/ Qihoo So.com/ Sogou / Soso.com
Cameroon –> Yahoo
Czech Republic –> seznam
Japan —–> Yahoo.co.jp
Kazakhstan —> Yandex
Russia ——> Yandex.ru
Taiwan —–> Yahoo.com

Google’s major opponents are Baidu, Yandex and Yahoo in non-speaking English countries. Other then these, Naver.com and Soso.com are also popular in South Korea and Seznam.cz in Czech Republic. Google is also getting fight from Bing , Blekko, Yandex(english), Yahoo(english) in English speeching countries like US, UK etc.

 

Countries where Facebook is not ruling:

Facebook is a social behemoth in the internet world. We have collected ranking of websites from alexa as per July 2013. In following countries alexa rank of facebook is behind its opponents or even it has no presence. Facebook is totally banned in countries like China and Iran (not sure about North Korea and Vietnam). Red portion of map indicates countries/territories where facebook doesn’t rule. Major countries/territories are from Asian continent where non-English speaking ratio is high.

 

facebook is not No.1 in 3.6% of the countries (9 of 249 countries) in the world.
facebook is not No.1 in 3.6% of the countries (9 of 249 countries) in the world.

 

Countries and their own prime social networks where facebook does’t rule.

Belarus —-> vk.com
China ——> qq.com/qzone.qq.com
Iran —–> Cloob.com
Kazakhstan —-> vk.com / odnoklassniki.ru
Latvia —-> draugiem.lv
Moldova ——> odnoklassniki.ru
Russia —-> vk.com / odnoklassniki.ru
Ukraine —-> vk.com
Uzbekistan —–> odnoklassniki.ru

Facebook major opponent are QQ.com; vk.com, odnoklassniki.ru and Zing.vn. Even it is getting fight to remain No.1 title in Kyrgyzstan by odnoklassniki.ru and in Latvia by Draugiem.lv. Other competitors are mixi in Japan and renren in China.

Another billion dollar acquisition in silicon valley, Google is set to acquire Waze for $1.3 Billion

Google is set to acquire Waze for $1.3 Billion (photo courtesy:waze.com)
Google is set to acquire Waze for $1.3 Billion (photo courtesy:waze.com)

Recently Yahoo has bought Tumblr For $1.1 Billion, now another billion dollor acquisition is set by Google. After much competition and debate, it appears Google is close to buying popular maps and traffic company Waze.

Waze is a free social GPS application as it is a community-driven application and learns from users’ driving times to provide routing and real-time traffic updates. It is also free to download and use, as it gathers map data and other information from users who use the service. Additionally, people can report accidents, traffic jams, speed traps, police and can update roads, landmarks, house numbers, etc. Waze won the Best Overall Mobile App award at the 2013 Mobile World Congress, beating Dropbox, Flipboard and others. Waze was founded in 2008 in Israel by Uri Levine, Ehud Shabtai and Amir Shinar.

In January, Apple was considering a $500 million bid for Waze, but on May 28, Apple CEO Tim Cook denied that Apple had made a bid for Waze. After that Facebook was in discussions to spend over US$ 1 billion dollars to purchase Waze until the social media giant reportedly pulled out of talks after the two parties could not come to agreement about relocating operations. Waze insisted on locating itself in Israel and Facebook wanted Waze to move to California.

Google had approached Waze after its talks with Facebook became public. The Google deal would keep Waze and its CEO, Noam Bardin, in Israel for the next three years and allow it to remain independent and retain its brand. By buying Waze, Google can keep competitors like Apple and Facebook away from such reliable and popular mapping software.