CSA Africa Coding Contest 2023 - Round 1

(03/04/2023 - 07/04/2023)

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Welcome to round 1 of the CSA Africa Coding Contest 2023! Compete against developers from within Africa to solve a series of coding questions in Python and win amazing prizes.

CSA Africa is an educational initiative empowering young Africans in STEM, whose talents and prospects are constrained by their backgrounds, to be the next generation of computer programming leaders. Founded in 2018 by Dr. Sofiat Olaosebikan, and formerly known as the Programming Workshop for Scientists in Africa (PWSAfrica), CSA Africa has delivered computer programming workshops in Nigeria, Rwanda, and online. This initiative provides young Africans in STEM with access to quality computer science education, as well as a role-model in our founder who inspires and motivates them. To learn more, please visit us at https://www.csaafrica.org/

Who is eligible to participate?

The contest is open to passionate and driven young Africans who are seeking to test out their programming skills using the python programming language and have signed up for the contest via https://forms.gle/XoiMqmYpGTHPJSuT6.

Challenge Format

CSA Africa Coding Contest 2023! is an online multi-round contest powered by the HackerRank coding platform. This round of the contest is from 9:00 AM Monday 03 April, 2023 to 9:00 PM Friday 07 April, 2023. All times are in WAT. In each round, participants will face a series of coding challenges, divided into two categories: basic and intermediate. Participants are free to choose the level of difficulty they wish to tackle, but the intermediate category will have more points than the basic category.

To progress to the next round, participants must earn a minimum of 60 points by solving either the basic challenges or the intermediate challenges (mixing and matching challenge category is not allowed). Participants can join the challenge on any one of the five days, as long as they obtain the minimum score before the contest closes.

How to Apply

Interested candidates must register to participate in this challenge by filling the registration form https://forms.gle/XoiMqmYpGTHPJSuT6. Shortlisted candidates will be notified through email and will receive an invite to participate in the challenge along with links for upcoming events.



1st - UK used Laptop (in excellent condition)

2nd - $200 Amazon Gift Card

3rd - $100 Amazon Gift Card


  • The creator of this contest is solely responsible for setting and communicating the eligibility requirements associated with prizes awarded to participants, as well as for procurement and distribution of all prizes. The contest creator holds HackerRank harmless from and against any and all claims, losses, damages, costs, awards, settlements, orders, or fines.
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The Rules

  1. This contest is for individuals only, teams are not allowed.
  2. Participants are not allowed to copy code from other sources. Any attempt to plagiarize will result in immediate disqualification.
  3. Any participant caught cheating would be disqualified and banned from future events.
  4. Participants must attain a minimum of 60 points to progress to round 2.


  • Each challenge has a pre-determined score.
  • A participant’s score depends on the number of test cases a participant’s code submission successfully passes.
  • If a participant submits more than one solution per challenge, then the participant’s score will reflect the highest score achieved. In a game challenge, the participant's score will reflect the last code submission.
  • Participants are ranked by score. If two or more participants achieve the same score, then the tie is broken by the total time taken to submit the last solution resulting in a higher score

Sign up for CSA Africa Coding Contest 2023 - Round 1 now.

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