Mail.Ru Group is launching HighLoad Cup – an international championship for web developers

21 December marks the start of HighLoad Cup – a new championship by Mail.Ru Group that blurs the boundary between back-end development and web service administration. Participants need to design a dating service using any server technologies, programming languages, frameworks and databases at their disposal. The only requirement is that the service must withstand high loads.

The setting is as follows: in an alternative reality, humankind decided to create and launch a global search engine for “significant others”. It is designed to help those who feel lonely find their match and create strong, close-knit families. This is the kind of service our participants need to develop. The winner selection system will automatically launch all submitted services on servers with the same hardware setup and “flood” them with multiple HTTP requests. The most high-performance and fault-tolerant solutions will win.

The championship will be held from 21 December 2018 to 5 February 2019 and is set to attract back-end developers and web developers, especially those who are involved in high-load projects. We also invite students of technical universities and departments to take part. Terms of the championship are available in English, and participation is open to experts from around the world.

The winners will get valuable prizes:  laptop, tablet, smart watch, and T-shirts with the championship logo.
The first HighLoad Cup for designing a high-load travel service took place in summer of 2017 as a trial run and attracted more than 2,400 registrations.

Each year, Mail.Ru Group hosts nine major contests: Russian Code Cup and VK Cup competitions for programmers, Russian AI Cup dedicated to artificial intelligence, Mail Design Cup for designers (including UI) and developers, ML BootCamp contests dedicated to machine learning and data analysis, HighLoad Cup championship for web designers, Technocup – computer science Academic Olympics for schoolchildren, etc.

In total, over 175,000 people from 20 countries have already participated in these contests.