News: OLX launches hackathon to hire techies


OLX launches hackathon to hire techies

The 'Code and the Curious' hackathon aims at hiring Indian techies for global positions.
OLX launches hackathon to hire techies

OLX has kicked off its 'Code and the Curious' Hackathon to recruit India’s best coding talent, skilled in emerging and disruptive technologies across machine learning, AI, and data science. The hackathon has already received 10,000+ registrations so far.

Organized in partnership with leading online technology and programming platform HackerRank, the recruitment drive consists of two parts - an online assessment challenge from July 22nd to July 27th 2017 followed by a live two-day hackathon session in Gurugram and Bengaluru on 5th and 12th August respectively. 

Shortlisted candidates from the second round will undergo interviews for full-time roles at OLX across its global technology hubs in Buenos Aires, Berlin, Lisbon, and Gurgaon. The Hackathon is designed for data scientists, engineers, and coders. There is no participation fee for entering the Hackathon. 

Said Varun Madan, Head of HR, OLX India, “One of the highlights of working at OLX is the opportunity to work on 40 others markets across the globe. India is known for its immense tech talent, and we thought it would be fitting to leverage this talent for other markets by recruiting specifically for those countries. ‘Be Open’ is one of our key values. We are open to learning from each other, sharing experiences, and even recruiting the best talent from across other OLX countries.”

The hiring would be done for Germany, Portugal, and Argentina.

Given the massive volume of data generated every day, OLX relies on cutting edge and state-of-the-art tools in machine learning, data mining, and artificial intelligence to deliver an enriching user experience. They are aiming to hire the right talent through this hackathon campaign.

In September last year, OLX kick-started a new journey with the launch of its new mobile app with the aim of offering a seamless mobile experience to users by making the platform safe, secure, and more social. OLX introduced the chat-first option, with restrictions on calling to build trust as the App does not make anyone’s phone number public. 

More than one-third of the OLX workforce in India works in Technology and Product Development, and lead key projects across multiple markets. In the last few years, key members of the team have worked out of Lisbon, Berlin, Buenos Aires to lend their expertise to global operations. Globally, OLX has over 4000 employees working across 25 offices worldwide. The hackathon aims to scout for talent that will join these team across countries to support the product development initiatives of the company.

OLX Group is present in more than 40 countries and is the market leader in most markets including India.

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Topics: Technology, Strategic HR, Employer Branding, #TechHR2017

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