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ITMO Graduate on Britain's IT Market, Hedge Funds and Working in the Field of Financial Technologies
ITMO graduate Denis Evseev is currently working in London at Arrowgrass, a major hedge fund, in the Quantitative Development Department, where he writes programs for traders and portfolio managers. Having moved to Great Britain, he joined a Master’s program at City, University of London, and had tens of job interviews at major banks and international companies in the course of his studies. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, he spoke about studying in London, the differences in Russian and British educational systems, working on one’s individual project and what one has to account for if they plan to continue their education abroad.
At a first glance, programmers and musicians may seem to have very little in common, but in reality these two activities are not so dissimilar. This is something Vladimir Krasilshchik, a Java expert with a 15-year work record in the field, strongly believes in. In a recent lecture at ITMO University, he drew parallels between the two arts and demonstrated how computer-enabled creation of music via the Sonic Pi software can shorten the learning curve and help aspiring musicians stick up with their training.
On April 4, the final stage of the International Collegiate Programming Contest took place in Porto (Portugal). A team from Moscow has claimed the champion title of the world’s oldest and most prestigious programming contest. This year’s winners represented the Lomonosov Moscow State University, who won last year’s contest with the same line-up. In second place is the team from MIT. It was also announced that next year’s ICPC will take place at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT).
400 million dollars is, hands down, a huge wad of money. It is also the price of the company MemSQL, which specializes in database accelerators. Now a big name in the field, it was founded by a former Microsoft and Facebook engineer Nikita Shamgunov, who took it to the world’s largest business incubator for startups, Y Combinator. Having gained support of the influential tech investor Yuri Milner and achieved large contracts with Sony, Uber and Samsung, the entrepreneur doesn’t think of stopping anytime soon. In a recent interview with The Bell, he shared about his educational background, sports programming wins and plans for the future. ITMO.NEWS put down the keynotes.
In 2018 the Kotlin community, centered around a programming language co-created by ITMO University graduates, grew at an unprecedented pace. This past January, some 1.5 million users have edited their code in Kotlin, which is more than twice compared to last year’s numbers. The amount of knowledge is growing, too, and thus it’s becoming much easier to earn the language. We asked Roman Elizarov, the Team Lead for Kotlin libraries at JetBrains and a tutor at ITMO University’s Information Technologies and Programming Faculty, about the best ways to learn Kotlin quickly and efficiently.
On December 2, ITMO University was among the universities that hosted the semi-finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). More than 100 student teams from the European part of Russia, the Ural region, Belarus and the Baltic states competed for the right to take part in the final stage of the world’s largest programming contest, which will take place in Porto, Portugal next year. The team from Lomonosov Moscow State University, champions of this year’s ICPC, emerged as winners in the semi-final stage.
ITMO University PhD student Gennadiy Korotkevich took first place in this year’s Topcoder Open Marathon Competition, which was held in Texas (US) on November 13-16. During a ten-hour final round, he left behind 11 other participants. What is more, this year, Gennadiy Korotkevich and Boris Minaev, ITMO graduate and ACM ICPC-2015 champion, got to the finals in the Algorithm track.
At the beginning of October, ITMO University hosted SPb School CTF-2018, an information security competition for school students. ITMO’s school team ITMO.KIDS consisting of 11th-grader Artem Zaglubotsky and seventh-grader Yuri Grishin took first place. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, the winners share their stories of how they got into information security and started taking part in programming competitions.
International Olympiad in Informatics 2018 Winners: Even If You’re Tired, Don’t Lose Sight of Your Goals
This September, Russian school students managed to win not one, but four prizes at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Japan. Two members of the winning team, golden and silver medalists Ramazan Rakhmatullin from Kazan and Mikhail Anoprenko from St. Petersburg, have now enrolled at ITMO University’s Information Technologies and Programming Faculty, where they continue their training under the associate professor Andrey Stankevich and dream of one day becoming champions of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. ITMO.NEWS met the students to find out how to get into programming, why you shouldn’t give up if you haven’t made it to an international competition on your first try, and how being a contestant can come in handy in everyday life.
In the run up to the Programmer’s Day, the Data Art global technology consultancy researchers have analyzed the data obtained from Skillotron, a game platform aimed at testing IT specialists’ knowledge and skills. Their findings highlighted the features specific for programmers from different countries. It turned out that Russian programmers are the fastest in the world in terms of answering test questions. They also ranked high in their willingness to make an unpaid contribution to the development of the IT professional community.