Mathmania Report

On 13th Mar, Codefest was proud to have world’s top coders and mathematical geeks as participants in first of the three live contests, MathMania,
mathematical puzzle contest.

Overall 954 participants across 54 countries competed in the gruelling battle. It was a 6 hour contest with 10 mathematical puzzles for which participants were required to only provide the answers.

KoenR from Netherlands won the contest and was the only person to solve all the 10 problems correctly.
DrKorbin and Silence both from Russia bagged 2nd and 3rd positions with 185 and 150 points respectively.
Complete ranklist is available at There are only 5 indians ( 2 from IT-BHU) in top 30 and that includes 4 professionals also.

The intensity of the competition can be imagined by the fact that ACRush (Google CodeJam 2008 and 2009 winner) solved the first problem in 8 mins and KoenR solved Problem 7 in the very last minute to snatch the first prize from DrKorbin. It was indeed a pleasure for the event administrators to see the actual scoreboard fluctuating almost every minute of the contest.

It was great for all of us to have positive feedbacks regarding the level of problems and the organization of the event from the various participants.

Mathmania trial round success story

Mathmania trial round was successfully organised on 13th Feb, 2010. The contest ran smoothly from 13th Feb 6:00 PM to 14th Feb 12:00AM.
The judge made by Harshath was really awesome, that it took the load of submission very efficiently and there was no problem reported.

Five prizes are to be distributed to:

The full scoreboard is available for the trial run.

One of the participants and winner Keshav Dhandhania (keshav_57) wrote an email to Codefest team after the contest. The email says


This is a mail of acknowledgment to the organizers of Codefest.

By the current standards, it is not uncommon to see a contest
organized by Indian Institutions to perform really badly. The website
maintainance is usually poor, the problem statements usually have some
technical flaw, etc, etc.
The contest I participated in yesterday (mathmania), was an exception
to all this. It was nice to see the website functioning very well
during the contest, and the problem statements very well stated. It
was also nice to see the prompt and quick responses to the few queries
that still remained. Also, the organizers were courteous enough to add
an extra prize seeing the good performance (or possibly the same
score), although I would count this as secondary, since this depends
on how much sponsor one can get.

I thank you, for doing some good to the Indian repute in such
competitions. And I hope, there will be many more such competitions
from your side, and from other Indian Institutes.
Please keep up the good work in the rest of the upcoming contests.
The contest organized by you was much better than most IIT and NIT and
other contests I have participated in.

I often curse the bad organizers, when the server goes down, or there
is a system crash. But then, lets not forget to appreciate the good
ones. That is all I intended to do with this e-mail. It is weird how
much people underestimate the importance of such appreciation.

Thanking You
Yours Sincerely
A satisfied participant

Keshav Dhandhania

Another participant wrote:

Your current tentative-scoreboard criteria is good. keep it the same in main contest.keep it the same in main contest. ….Contest was good, complements !!

Web-talk by Animesh Pathak on 13th Feb

A web-talk was held by our alumni Animesh Pathak (2003 batch) on 13th Feb (Saturday) at 2 PM. It was held in our dept in Batch of 98 Hall.

For those who dont know about him here are some facts:

  • He got 10 points in 4 consecutive semesters.
  • Was Convener of Kashi Yatra in his 4th year.
  • He is currently working in INRIA, France as Researcher
  • He is one of the most active alumni in all Institute projects.

He talked about various aspects of intern-ships.

  • Why internship is necessary?

    Intern-ship is very important for industrial exposure and working experience on live projects.
    If we apply for job, our previous experience in the field counts.

  • Which internship to pursue industrial or research?
    Both are equally important.
  • Is internship important after 1st year or 2nd year?
  • What is value of Prof. project?

Unfortunately power-cut happened before he could tell us more. We are planning to continue this workshop sooner we get the appointment from Animesh.

Here are some pics of the talk.