Global coding champions hail from Asia Pacific

One of the largest programming contests in the world, TCS CodeVita, held its eighth season grand finale this month ( March 3, 2020) in India. TCS – Tata Consultancy Services-has been organizing this flagship global event to celebrate the passion for coding amongst youth, by promoting programming as a sport. College students from across the world are invited to pit their programming skills against each other to win cash prizes and earn a place among the global top coders.


The eighth season set a new benchmark, with 230,000 students from 89 countries participating. Students could pick one of 8 different programming languages. The top 25 programmers from the qualifier round were invited to India for the grand finale, where they battled it out over a 6-hour long nail-biting live programming hackathon.


“In an era where technology has revolutionized our world, innovation and creativity are critical parameters for success. It’s exhilarating to see the agility and critical analysis brought to life at TCS CodeVita by this young talent,” said K Ananth Krishnan, Chief Technology Officer, TCS.“Our platform aims to fuel the passion for programming in these brilliant young minds that goes beyond educational, social, geographical and cultural backgrounds.”


The top three spots in 2020 were taken by students from Asia Pacific:

  • Winner – Sheng Yu Hang – National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
  • 1st Runner up – Ali Khosravi – RMIT University, Australia
  • 2nd Runner up – Tan Jia Qing – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore



Winners received prize money of US$10,000, US$7,000 and US$3,000 respectively. The top performers at TCS CodeVita also get an opportunity to intern with TCS’ Research and Innovation unit.


Girish Ramachandran, President, TCS Asia Pacific said “Coding is still one of the most sought-after skills in the workplace in 2020. Qualified individuals for roles like front-end engineer, java developer and software engineer are all in high demand. These 3 students have proven their mettle and emerged as global coding champions. We look forward to the great things they are sure to achieve. Congratulations once again to Tan Jia Qing, Ali Khosravi and Sheng Yu Hang.”



Source: Tata Consultancy Services