We live in a world that has a holiday for seemingly everything. International Friendship Day, National Red Wine Day, and even a day dedicated to cleaning out your refrigerators (November 15th, for those curious).
While we celebrate the more typical traditional holidays on a company-wide level, we’ve also been known to celebrate the more whimsical ones – the ones that require outside of the box thinking; the ones dedicated to certain roles, professions, and trades; the ones that, at the end of the day, lift the spirits of our culture and bring a togetherness a traditional holiday couldn’t achieve; or ones like International Programmers’ Day, which celebrates programmers and the positive impact they have on our lives. At Cognizant Softvision we’ve tossed the holiday rules aside and made it our very own Programmers’ Week.
A Little Programmers’ Day History
International Programmers’ Day was started in 2002 by Valentin Balt and Micahel Cherviakov, two employees of software company, Parallel Technologies, located in Russia. The two worked tirelessly to gather enough signatures to present to the Russian government in an effort to honor computer programmers and all the value they bring to the world. After seven years, in 2009 the Ministry of Mass Media and Communications of Russia agreed to announce an official holiday to honor the holiday and Programmers’ Day became a real observed holiday. While it’s not an “official” holiday in the U.S. it’s a day that is still widely celebrated by programmers and non-programmers all over the world.
The day is commemorated on the 256th day of each year (September 13th for non-leap years), as it is a significant number in the programming world. The number 256 can be represented with an eight-bit byte, a value well-known to programmers. Additionally, 256 is also the highest power of two that is less than 365, which happens to be the amount of days in a year.
Cognizant Softvision’s Programmers’ Week
At Cognizant Softvision, our programmers are responsible for figuring out the process of designing, writing, creating, testing and maintaining code of programs. As a digital company, programmers are the essential lifeblood of our company and without them our success would look much different. So, six years ago, our company began recognizing International Programmers’ Day, bringing attention the many invaluable contributions programmers deliver upon each and every day.
Naturally, one day to recognize programmers didn’t feel quite right – we needed something bigger – thus, Programmers’ Week was created. What was once a day filled with exciting technical discussions around technologies and trends has morphed into a week-long celebration with over 50+ Tech Talks from industry experts, inspiring keynote speakers, and thought-provoking discussions centered on emerging technologies, new client services and other interesting debates.
This year, from September 14-18, 2020 experts from all over the world, including keynote speakers Andres Angelani, CEO of Cognizant Softvision and Ben Pring, leader of Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work, will be hitting the virtual stage – speaking to attendees of what is now considered the largest technical conference in Romania. A far distinction from the early days of celebrating Programmers’ Day.
Celebrate with us!
Programmers’ Week is dedicated to the designers, developers and digital engineers from all over the world, which means it’s a community-wide celebration. While the onset of COVID-19 has forced many events like Programmers’ Week to go virtual, it doesn’t diminish the fact that these professions need to be celebrated. Here are a couple of ways to celebrate International Programmers’ Day and Programmers’ Week:
- Register and share our Tech Talks and keynotes
- #DareToCode with us! Adopt and explore the hashtag, getting inspiration from others around the world
- Kick off a new project, exploring new possibilities in your domain. Track your progress in your personal blog and tweet us your progress using #DareToCode
- Organize a binary-themed virtual happy hour, complete with your own programming-themed cocktail
- Hold an internal contest, challenging everyone to send in their best programmers joke
- Transform a daily report into a programmer’s dream – talking only in code using this converter!
- Introduce us to your favorite programmer and tell us why he/she deserves recognition.
While the number 256 may seem arbitrary, it’s exemplary. It’s a number distinct to the programmers who help run our digital world as we know it – and it’s a number that we look forward to each and every year. This year promises to be one of our biggest Programmers’ Weeks yet! You do not want to miss out this event so be sure to check out the agenda and register today!
For more information on Programmers’ Week 2020, click here.
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