"We have conducted many Hackathons, with participation from thousands of people. They have helped us reach out to developers who are in turn wanting to reach different domains!"
--Sachin Gupta, Co-founder and CEO, HackerEarth
The story of Hacker Earth began in 2012, when Sachin Gupta, an IIT Rourkee alumnus worked on the idea with a friend and decided to launch a company in Bengaluru. The Founders of HackerEarth were keen to create a platform and network for top developers across the world that would expose them to coding challenges that they would then have to solve.
That was the beginning. In 2014, HackerEarth started introducing other elements into its solution. It created a section within the platform where subject matter experts could share tech content.
The next logical step was to enable people to build end-to-end products-basically different applications for different spaces. "For that, we created a platform to host Hackathons. Since early this year, we have conducted many Hackathons, with participation from thousands of people. The Hackathons have helped us reach out to developers who are in turn wanting to reach different domains!", Sachin informs.
According to Sachin, all developers want to become better programmers and the company is helping them achieve this through its platform. "We help them improve their skills on an ongoing basis, network with each other and jointly solve problems. We are creating a skills graph (core technical skills) for developers where they come and solve problems and earn a score", he says.
HackerEarth is also connecting these developers with organizations that need to recruit programming talent or want to create awareness about the technology they have. "Facilitating recruitments and solving the outreach problem for tech companies is a core business model for us", Sachin comments.
Speaking about some of the challenges faced by the company since its inception, Sachin says they included creating a team and finding people who were as passionate about HackerEarth.
According to Sachin a key learning for the company during its journey has been the need to change and let go. "What you start out with is a thought. You need to mould yourself to the changing environment and react to the response of the market. We have morphed from what we were doing by being receptive to market feedback", Sachin states.
Speaking about the future, the CEO says the company is very bullish about the years ahead. "We want to establish a presence in the US and be 10x of what we currently are", he says.
The company incidentally has an interesting facet to its profile where it is nurturing an active campus program. "We want students to become campus ambassadors and want to offer institutions a platform free of cost where they can host their own competitions and conduct their own Hackathons to promote and establish the culture of coding among students. That in fact is our key achievement. We have over 200 students as our campus ambassadors", Sachin says.