The CCC is far from being a regional coding contest. Every time it grows not only in the number of participants but also in the number of nationalities. Since implementing the online contest for participants around the world in 2009 – borders are abolished.
We have talked to Hisham who already competed at our contests twice.
Can you tell us who you are and how you heard about catalysts coding contest?
My name is Hisham, I am 33 years old. I’m from Egypt or more precisely, from the coastal city: Alexandria. I’m married and have 2 beautiful girls (Nancy and Judy). I heard about CCC by good luck while browsing for job positions some time ago. Since there were interesting job offers on the website, I started exploring examples of previous years on https://catcoder.codingcontest.org and decided to take the experience of live contests.
I graduated from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, Computer Engineering department in June 2004 and I currently work as a Java Consultant for a bank in Saudi Arabia.
When did you start coding?
I started coding since I was in university from which I graduated 2004. However, actuall coding experience started only in 2006.
How big is the coding scene in egypt?
The coding scene in Egypt is broad and growing in a constant pace; However, I think it could be much bigger as Egypt has many talents and excellent coders with passion to what they do. Here in Saudi Arabia it is different. It is not as widespread as in Egypt, but to my opinion resources are not used correctly. They tend to automate all their financial business and avail it electronically.
Why did you start coding?
My passion was (and still is) microcontrollers, PLDs and electronics. But finding a career in such field was very rare in Egypt, specially for a fresh graduate. And since available careers in the market do create our choices, I found myself dragged to coding which I love too. Now, coding is a lifestyle to me not just a way to earn for living.
What was your best result at the CCC and when was that?
I participated in 2 CCC’s so far. The best result was the last one in April 2015 when I finished level four. The first participation was on 24-10-2014 when I managed to finish level three. So, I guess I’ll improve the more I will participate in such contests.
What is the challenge at the catalysts coding contest?
The main challenge is the time which one must use very efficiently. The next big challenge is code organization. If one started with a “spaghetti code” which is very common in this tight time limit, you’ll get stuck and run out of time.
Will you compete at the nect CCC again?
Sure I will. It’s amusing and I loved the challenge.
Hisham, thanks and good luck for the upcoming CCC in Vienna on 6th November 2015.