On February 18th hundreds of contestants fought for the prizes in Spotify Code Quest 2012, trying to solve eight challenging programming problems, ranging from hunting mischievous trolls to figuring out the bandwidth usage of streaming applications.
The contest started in a flurry, with many contestants solving the easiest problem, “Troll Hunt”, in just a few minutes. After the first hour, several people had already solved half of the problems.
At three hours, with an hour left to go, two contestants, Vladyslav Simonenko and Neal Wu, had solved six out of the eight problems. Shortly thereafter, they were joined by Vitalii Nevidomyi and Wesley Cao. The race was now on. Would someone get a seventh problem and overtake Vladyslav’s lead?
With just 9 minutes left, Neal Wu became the first contestant to solve the previously unsolved “Greedy Cows” problem, and jumped up to first place with seven problems solved. However, just one minute later, Vladyslav Simonenko countered with his own solution to “Greedy Cows”, taking back his place at the top of the scoreboard with a smaller total time than Neal.
The top two were the only contestants to solve seven problems. Vitalii Nevidomyi took the third spot with six problems solved. The top ten contestants solved five or more problems. Ultimately, all eight problems were solved, even though no contestant solved all of them.
The final standings can be found at https://contest.codequest.spotify.com/standings/.
To reach one of the coveted top 100 spots, landing contestants a Spotify Code Quest T-shirt, one either had to solve a single problem within 30 minutes, or solve more than 1 problems. The contest saw a total of 4,214 attempted solutions, of which 485, or roughly 11.5%, were correct. The most popular programming language was Java, with 2500 attempts, followed by C++, with 1440 attempts and C with 274 attempts.