Thursday, August 17, 2017

Facebook contest lands UrFU senior Oleg Merkuriev among top 25 programmers in world

Oleg Merkuriev, a senior at Ural Federal University's Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, was ranked as one of the top 25 best programmers in the world after qualifying for the finals of a competition organized by Facebook.

The competition is popular in the world of professional programming. It began in 2011 and involved over 1,000 young programmers from around the world. It requires participants to pass a series of qualifying programming challenges. Merkuriev placed fourth in the semifinals and became the only Russian participant to land in the top 25.

Other students from the UrFU program have previously participated in the finals of the competition, which this year will be held in Silicon Valley in California at the end of February. Participants will meet at the technology capital from Russia, Poland, China, the U.S., Belarus, Ukraine, Japan, Australia, Korea and Taiwan.

Merkuriev is also the winner of the President of the Russian Federation scholarship. He will also compete in the 38th International Collegiate Programming Competition as part of the UrFU's school team.