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2022 Math Hackathon Participant Experiences: Gayathri Rajagopalan

2022 Math Hackathon Participant Experiences: Gayathri Rajagopalan

About the Math Hackathon

Explorer Hop's Math Hackathon is a global math competition where contestants use math to solve one of our world's most pressing issues. The competition is open to students all around the world between the ages of 11 and 17 who are enrolled full-time in school. We welcome students of all different Math levels. Participants can join either as individuals (if they want to work on their project solo) or join as a group of 4 members (max), and work collaboratively with others.

This year's competition ran from June 4th to June 5th, 2022. Therefore, from the start of the competition, participants had 48 hours to submit their solution to the proposed problem for assessment by the Explorer Hop team. Following the assessment of all answers, participants were awarded prizes according to their rank, with the top finisher taking home a $100 gift card and the other contestants in the Top 10 receiving smaller prizes. All participants, however, received a certificate acknowledging their effort and completion of the hackathon.

If you feel that you're on the lesser experienced side and want to prepare first, there is still time to do so before the next competition (2023 dates: TBA). Please visit Explorer Hop's website and sign up for one of our many math programs now. These offerings have been individually curated and refined to cater to children and students from 6th grade (11 years old) to 12th grade (18 years old) so check them out now if you want to boost your math skills prior to our next hackathon (2023 dates: TBA)!

Young Math Whiz Gayathri Rajagopalan on His Experience

The Explorer Hop team interviewed Math Hackathon participants on their experiences to help prepare future students and offer them insight into what it's like to compete.

Read on for a written version of our interview with Gayathri (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada).

EH: How did you find out about our hackathon?

Gayathri: My dad was researching and he found out about this hackathon.

EH: What country in the world has a high population density?

Gayathri: India and China.

EH: What are some problems in countries with high population density? 

Gayathri: They are overpopulated, there is less space, less water and more pollution.

EH: Would you rather live in a country with high or low population density? 

Gayathri: I lived in India for 8 years and it's overpopulated so I was used to it but I still like less densely populated [areas].

EH: Why is math your favourite subject? 

Gayathri: In math, there is only one answer and there is no alternate answers to any problem. There is only one definite answer. For a lot of other subjects, there is multiple different answers and there is competition on which is better.

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