Develop Ogden Announces Virtual Coding Competition Winners

June 04, 2020 / Press Release

In male-dominated industry, inaugural competition won by female programmer
OGDEN, UT – Develop Ogden, a group of software companies in the growing software scene north of Salt Lake, held its inaugural software coding competition on Thursday, May 28. The competition featured three levels of competition and prizes as follows:

  • Senior (5+ years of professional programming experience) - $1,000 prize
  • Junior (Less than 5 years of professional programming experience) - $500 prize
  • Student (Studying to become a programmer but with no professional experience) - $250

120 people registered for the competition and the winners were:

  • Senior Developer: Olivia Johnson
  • Junior Developer: Seth Manesse
  • Student Developer: Tylan McKinney

“The competition was a fantastic opportunity to polish up my programming skills and see where I stood in comparison to other programmers with similar experience in the area,” said Seth Manesse, winner of the Junior Developer competition level. “I felt like the problems presented were a perfect level of difficulty, and there was enough variety in the problems to enable me to focus on concepts that reflected my strengths. I hope to see the competition continued next year!” 
The competition included 10 web-based coding questions and competitors had up to 60 minutes to complete those questions. The questions consisted of algorithm and database-type questions and ranged in difficulty. 
Develop Ogden partnered with two of its member companies, Kadince and Reading Horizons to host the competition. “We were so excited to see so many programmers participate in the competition,” said Casey Elliot, Develop Ogden executive. “All three winners deserve congratulations, but it was especially gratifying to see a female programmer win. The software development industry is very male dominated, and we are ALWAYS on the lookout for talented women programmers and developers.”   
For more information on Develop Ogden the competition, or future Develop Ogden events visit

About Develop Ogden

Develop Ogden is a recently formed 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Its members are software companies located north of Salt Lake City, the greater Ogden area. The organization was founded to spread the word about the growing software scene in the greater Ogden area, to help those who live in this region work closer to home, and to make the greater Ogden area a better place to live, work, and play.

For more information, visit Develop Ogden’s press page.