Your Favorite ride hailing company Uber wants to recruit talent in the tech field by offering them the chance to crack a set of in-app challenges. The challenges are appearing in the Uber app and it’s dubbed “Code on the Road.” Lots of twitter users have posted screenshots of the game and Uber confirmed that it is using the game to find new talent.
Uber gave me a “HACKER CHALLENGE” while in the car today. Apparently “HACKER” means “can implement quicksort”. pic.twitter.com/zZVkfkNub4
— John Feminella (@jxxf) March 12, 2016
“We are always looking for new ways to reach potential candidates that want to join our team and help us solve interesting problems. If you’re in a place where a lot of people work in tech, you may see our ‘Code on the Road’ challenge within the rider app,” said an Uber representative. “The option to play gives interested riders the opportunity to show us their skills in a fun and different way — whether they code on the side or are pursuing a career as a developer.”
How it works
Passengers located in select cities will be offered the chance to embark on the challenge. The said game involves three coding challenge and and participants have 1 minute (60 sec) to complete each one. If the passenger succeeds in the test, he/she will be prompted to contact Uber via the app after which they receive an email with a link to a job application. So far, this particular game has been seen in Oregon, Austin, Boston, Denver and Portland.
Uber an American multinational online taxi dispatch company headquartered in San Francisco, California, was founded by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp in 2009. Its Uber mobile app allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request which is then routed to Uber drivers who use their own cars. In 2014 Uber was ranked by Klout as the 48th-most powerful company in America. By late-2015, Uber was estimated to be worth $62.5 billion.