24 hour programming people

Love programming competitions? Who doesn’t?

This weekend is a big one with the world championship in 24-hour programming being decided in Budapest, Hungary. Taking part are 30 three person teams, that competed in an online competition back in March to qualify. Three of the teams come from KTH in Stockholm and are sponsored by Spotify because we definitely think programming competitions are fun. In fact, four out of the nine team members are Spotify engineers.

Among the teams competing are the reigning champs, who all happen to work here, and five previous or current Swedish champs. We wish them all good luck and hope they bring back the Cup that has been sitting nicely in our kitchen for the past twelve months.

The three Spotify sponsored teams are:

Balloons’R’us (reigning world champions)

  • Fredrik Niemelä (Spotify)
  • Gunnar Kreitz (Spotify)
  • Mattias de Zalenski (Spotify)


  • Marcus Forsell Stahre (Spotify)
  • Håkan Terelius
  • Elias Freider

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  • Anders Sjöqvist
  • Lukáš Poláček
  • Ulf Lundström

    If programming is your cup of tea then stay tuned for more details about the Spotify Programming Challenge (our first competition!) coming up in May. And while you’re at it why not check out our jobs site for exciting career opportunities.

    UPDATE:We failed to bring the cup back this year – perhaps some great new programming talent can help us reclaim it next year. :) The winners were Rusty from Poland, who finished in 6th place 2008 and won 2006, congrats!