IEEE University of Moratuwa Student Branch [Sri Lanka Section]

Dinithi Amarasinghe, Organizing Director for IEEE WIE Sri Lanka

HackDown 2020: An effort to make the Lock Down worthwhile

“HackDown 2020”, a 3-hour coding competition organized by the IEEE University of Moratuwa WIE Affinity Group with Miss Tharani Karunathilaka as the event chair, was held on 25th April 2020, from 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM, through the HackerRank platform. This competition was open to all undergraduates; the main focus being bringing out the coding skills and analytical skills of female undergraduates of Sri Lanka. Team registrations were done as 2 members per group, with a female leader. The number of total registrations exceeded 500 within 3 days. Parallel to the main competition, a selfie contest was conducted through the Group’s Facebook page. The teams were invited to post a team selfie on the page, and the most popular selfie was selected as the winner. All the contestants participated from their homes, practicing social distancing as per government regulations. Three winning teams were selected at the end of the 3 hours.