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Here’s How Amazon Was Conquered: A Review of the Ad Tech Challenge

As the rest of the nation prepared to tune into their television sets as India (successfully) took on Pakistan in the World T20 match, 70 candidates found a worthier challenge. They trooped into Amazon, armed with their skills, ready to take on a difficult challenge and blow the minds of the good folks at Amazon with stellar ideas and even better execution.

So here’s how the story starts. We’ve all heard of Amazon. They’re one of the world’s leading online marketplaces and rule the roost in the e-commerce space. Well, their Ad Tech team, that drives Amazon’s presence on web platforms around the world, were on the lookout for exciting talent. Talent that is up to taking on some very tall challenges and pathbreaking initiatives. Which is why they got in touch with Venturesity!

The challenge was simple. Candidates, with the relevant work experience, were asked to apply and attend the hack. There, a coding test would await them. Once the challenge was cracked, the candidates would then face a round of interviews. If they came out of this too with all guns blazing, then, they could take home offer letters with their names on it.

Finally, 19th March came by and members of the Venturesity team travelled to the Amazon Development Centre at the World Trade Centre in Rajajinagar. At 9am, the day’s business was in full swing. Team members from Venturesity got busy welcoming candidates, taking them through the rather strict security arrangements and checking off their names of the registration list. Once this was over, we counted 70 candidates at the venue.

To get all systems charged and running, Amazon kick-started proceedings with a wonderful presentation and followed it up with a hot breakfast of crispy dosas and fluffy idlis. When everyone’s belly was sufficiently full, it was time for the challenge.

At around noon, Amazon unveiled the challenge to the crowd of waiting candidates. When the cat was out of the bag, as in the ad tech challenge was announced, the candidates got busy almost immediately. Venturesity’s very own Prateeksen Choudhury went around and answered any queries that popped up in the minds of the competing candidates.

A whole day later, at around 4pm, the challenge wrapped up and saw many cross the finish line in great style. They were then sent to their next challenge, the interview. This  was when Venturesity bowed out and called it a day.

Congratulations to all the participants and also the ones who landed the coveted jobs!

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Navya D'Souza

Navya is a Bangalore-based freelance writer. She’s a food loving, celebrity-obsessed, wise owl whose feathers you’ll find very hard to ruffle. In her short life, she has also managed to convince a few people and herself that she’s a hoot!