We like to win!

It’s official: the world’s best coders come from Poland.

Polish team Need for C has won the world’s first computer coding championship “Hello World Open” held in the Finnish capital, Helsinki.

Polish programmers were always highly ranked in TopCoder tournaments. Currently, Poland holds the third spot in the world ranking, ahead of countries like Japan or the United States. Numerous Polish developers are joining the ranks of US startups and not just because it’s cost-effective.

Polish science has a long tradition of algorithmic programming and theoretical mathematics, both of which might have had an enormous impact on the course of the Second World War and in turn, on world as we know it today. It was Polish cryptologists who managed to crack the Germans’ Enigma cipher machine, thus enabling the famous Bletchley Park codebreaking centre to decrypt secret Axis communications:

German military texts enciphered on the Enigma machine were first broken by the Polish Cipher Bureau, beginning in December 1932. This success was a result of efforts by three Polish cryptologists, Marian Rejewski, Jerzy Różycki and Henryk Zygalski, working for Polish military intelligence. Rejewski “reverse-engineered” the device, using theoretical mathematics and material supplied by French military intelligence. Subsequently the three mathematicians designed mechanical devices for breaking Enigma ciphers, including the cryptologic bomb.Wikipedia

The University of Warsaw is among the leading universities in the TopCoder school rankings. Currently in 6th place, it’s far ahead of renowned institutions like Stanford University (23rd place) or MIT (41st place).

We’re very proud to be based out of Warsaw and to have so many extremely talented engineers holding degrees from Polish universities, including the abovementioned University of Warsaw, on the team.

While entering programming competitions isn’t something we do on a daily (or even monthly) basis, we do our best to live up to standards established by our colleagues. We try to create apps that “just work” which pretty often means that what’s under the hood of a modern app has to be state of the art, even (or especially) if it’s invisible.

What’s on the surface, however, can be judged much more easily (and without reverse-engineering!) and has brought us several notable awards so far.

Last year, we managed to beat over other 180 apps and win the Design Achievement Award in Evernote’s DevCup competition with our Bubble Browser for iPad.

This year, we received two Gold Pencils in the Intellectual Property & Products and the Digital Product Award categories at The One Show for our work on Birdseye Mail, an app we developed for the NYC-based studio DE-DE.

If you want an award-winning team to work on your app, we’re available to hire!

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