NUS team showcases tech abilities, wins chance to work with Shopee

Shopee Code League second runner-up, Team UET was awarded a cash prize and career opportunities with Shopee

NUS students proved they have the chops when they took part in the region’s largest online coding challenge that saw more than 21,000 participants. Among the top 100 student teams taking part in the Shopee Code League which spread over two months from June to August, 21 teams had one or more NUS participants.  

Team UET comprising NUS Computing students Long Vuong Hoang, Quang Minh Nguyen, Minh Phan and Quang Tuan Le, emerged second runner-up. They were among the 10 top teams to win a cash prize and career opportunities with Shopee, an e-commerce platform led by CEO Mr Chris Feng, an alumnus of the NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) programme.

The challenge consisted of a series of big data competitions that included data analytics, data science and algorithm questions designed by Shopee teams. Participants also took part in workshops facilitated by their training partners from Shopee offices located in Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, China and Vietnam. NUS Centre for Future-ready Graduates and NUS Enterprise were among the 313 partners ranging from government agencies, to training academies and universities supporting the challenge.

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The leaderboard is ranked based on the number of points accumulated for each competition during Shopee Code League

“Studying at NUS has helped to sharpen our logical thinking, research and coding skills, which played a major role in our journey to explore machine learning and data analytics during the challenge,” said Team UET member Minh Phan.

Shopee Code League Guest of Honour, NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye commended all NUS students who participated in the challenge for their dedication to advancing technical skills. “I hope you would make good use of your coding skills to develop new ideas and innovative solutions, for the betterment of the community and society,” said Prof Tan.

With a paradigm shift in data analysis and artificial intelligence, coding has become one of the most sought-after skillsets by companies.

“Shopee Code League demonstrated our commitment to developing coding as a literacy for everyone, regardless of technical background. Moving forward, we seek to continue empowering the larger community with technical skills to prepare them for the digital economy,” said Mr Lim Teck Yong, Regional Head of Operations at Shopee.

More than 45,000 coders were trained during the Shopee Code League, which provided myriad opportunities for tech enthusiasts and communities around the region to develop their coding abilities through knowledge sharing.  

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