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For the last 10 years, we’ve been
on a mission to
match stellar tech
talent with the right opportunities
across the globe.

Here’s how it has gone so far

HISTORY OF HACKEREARTH

Hello World

Somewhere on the campus of IIT Roorkee, a group of fledgling engineers charted their plan for world domination on a piece of tissue paper at their college canteen. The idea was simple: to help developers prepare for job interviews.

Some sleepless nights and copious amounts of caffeine later, a tech product came to be. It was called MyCareerStack, and pretty soon, people from colleges all over the country became users. There was no doubt: there was tremendous potential to go big. Following the initial surge of users, HackerEarth became part of the first batch of GSF Accelerator in 2012.

Hello World

Entrepreneurs, for real

Roorkee isn’t exactly known for its startup ecosystem, so when an opportunity to work at Google presented itself, our CEO Sachin Gupta decided to take it up. He decided to work at Google and moonlight as a co-founder and CEO of his company while our CTO Vivek Prakash continued working from college, but within three months of joining Google, something magical happened.

The team received funding from GSF Accelerator. Shortly afterwards, the company was renamed to HackerEarth, and the staff moved to an “office” in Indiranagar and went to work.

Entrepreneurs, for real

Core Technology? Check.

Out of that house in Indiranagar, the team built the core of the HackerEarth Assessments product the world sees today. Parallelly, the early members of the HackerEarth developer community joined the madhouse. Numerous community initiatives such as IndiaHacks, which was HackerEarth’s biggest innovation campaign up till then, were launched and Fortune 500 clients were on-boarded.

2014 was a launchpad for the fledgling team, and with $500,000 in funding from Prime Ventures, the team set out to redefine how developers are hired at organizations across the world, as well as a playground to a vibrant community of passionate developers.

Core Technology? Check.

Sprinting as fast as possible

HackerEarth launched its second SaaS solution in 2015. It was named HackerEarth Sprint and enabled organizations to create and host a hackathon in five simple steps. This democratized engineering innovation by enabling many companies to crowdsource innovative ideas and prototypes.

Simultaneously, more and more businesses saw value in the transparency and objectivity that HackerEarth brought to the recruiting process and became loyal customers.

Sprinting as fast as possible

Milestones and memories

The team grew to a hundred passionate Hacksters and moved to a real office space in Koramangala. The HackerEarth brand was launched to the world, and one of the most noteworthy hackathons to be hosted in silicon valley was organized and notably, the HackerEarth community grew to 1 million developers.

Looking back, it seemed as though every single day held a promise of great successes and growth in 2016, and this feeling prevails to this day.

Milestones and memories

Evolution

Riding on the tailwinds of a hugely successful 2016, the team went from strength to strength. HackerEarth’s worldwide presence grew, with an office being opened in Europe and aggressive growth in the American markets.

In April 2017, HackerEarth closed a $4.5 million Series A funding round led by DHI ventures, and by the end of the year, the team had run 1,000 hackathons and innovation campaigns, and was named in Nasscom’s Emerge 50, which is a compilation of the Top 50 Most Innovative Indian Startups.

Evolution

1000 happy customers

Early in 2018, a new and advanced version of the innovation management platform was launched. This proved to be a hit, and by 2018, HackerEarth had grown to over 1000 customers globally and the community was home to over 3 million developers.

Further, after closing a $6.5 million Series B funding round led by the family office of Jo Hirao and participation from existing investors, the foundation was laid to bring value to organizations through the entire lifecycle of a tech team, from sourcing, to assessing, and engaging developers within an organization.

1000 happy customers

Coding interviews, perfected

The non-stop upward trend continued ferociously in 2019, with almost 100% growth in revenue.

HackerEarth also launched another product to simplify coding interviews: FaceCode, which is an ai-powered and easy-to-use coding interview tool that aimed to make coding interviews a more enjoyable experience for both the candidate and the interviewer, whether they were conducted online or in person.

Coding interviews, perfected

Remote Revolution

2020 was a challenging year for everyone, but it did not deter the team one bit. There was a 250% YoY increase in remote assessments, while FaceCode saw a 4000% increase in use from 2019, as the world was forced to transition to a completely remote way of working.

To continue to help prepare customers for a remote-reality, a complete suite of products was assembled, including an upskilling platform, and of course the community grew even more, to a staggering 5.5 Million developers.

Remote Revolution

End to end

With a full suite of solutions, a holistic tech hiring and engagement platform, HackerEarth for Enterprises, was now in place. HackerEarth became a one-stop solution for organizations looking to build great tech teams by helping them with everything from sourcing and engaging developers, to assessing, interviewing, and upskilling them.

A memorable highlight was hosting India’s largest ever hackathon, the Azure Developer League Hackathon.

End to end

Going beyond

Advanced features such as highly customizable Fullstack assessments, NLP-based evaluation of essay type questions and others were engineered, making HackerEarth the most advanced developer assessment platform on the market.

Meanwhile, the HackerEarth community grew to over 7,000,000 developers and solutions using new age technologies were being developed in hackathons. One such example was the world’s largest web3 hackathon, the web3athon, which hosted over 6,000 Web3 developers who came together to build incredible solutions on the world’s leading blockchain technologies.

Going beyond

THE NUMBERS

So how does all that translate
into real numbers? We’re glad you asked!

Today, we’re a community of 7,000,000 developers. That means that every day, nearly 2,000 developers sign up to be a member of the HackerEarth community!

We’re passionate about helping budding developers learn coding, so we’re proud to say that we’ve enabled the HackerEarth community to practice their skills, or learn new skills, and apply those skills in over 27,000 university-led coding contests.

Further, on average, up to a staggering 53,000 code submissions happen every day!

HackerEarth has transformed developer hiring from a subjective and bias-ridden process to a completely objective and transparent one with the most advanced developer assessment platform on the market

A total of 6,000 companies have created 43,000 coding tests, and over 5.5 million developers have been assessed on HackerEarth.

That means that somewhere in the world, a HackerEarth coding test is attempted once every 8 seconds!

In total, our clients have shortlisted over 70,000 top performing developers, and since 2020, have conducted 46,000 coding interviews on FaceCode.

We’ve also taken the guesswork out of developer sourcing with our hiring challenges, which allow our clients to throw an open challenge to our community and shortlist top performers to fill job openings.

In total, 1,300 hiring challenges have been conducted since 2013.

over 2.2 million developers have participated in these hiring challenges!

Oh, and did we mention we’ve changed the game when it comes to innovation management for our clients?

In total, almost 600 companies have leveraged HackerEarth to run over 1,000 hackathons.

In those hackathons, over 110,00 ideas have been submitted by our community, and nearly 22,000 fully functioning prototypes have been presented.

It’s safe to say that, regardless of the ups and downs of the last 10 years, we ensured that the innovation never stopped!

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LOOKING AHEAD

When HackerEarth was founded 10 years ago,
nobody imagined we would get this far,
but here we are!

We’ve seen developers that learnt how to code on HackerEarth, go on to use our platform to hire developers many years down the road, and to us, there can be no greater affirmation than this. It only makes us more hopeful and excited for the decade to come.

It’s sure to be full of surprises, some pleasant and some not so pleasant…but thanks to our users, colleagues, past and present, our community, and everything we’ve learnt over the years, we’re absolutely sure that it is going to be just as exciting as the last 10 years.

If HackerEarth has helped you become a better developer, or hire better developers, let us know how it has impacted you by tweeting at us. We would absolutely love to read what you have to say.

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