Do I also need to register on the Alibaba Cloud to participate in the Hackathon?

I am registering for the contest on the CodeChef contest landing page here: Contest Page | CodeChef. Do I still need to register on Alibaba Cloud website for taking part in the contest?

Yes, you will have to follow these steps:

  • First register for the contest on CodeChef using the "Register" button given above.
  • If you are forming a team with two members, one user will have to be the 'Team Owner', and will have to register the team, and send an invite to the other member who will have to accept the invite. All relevant instructions will be given when you click on the "Register" button.
  • After your registration has been completed, you will receive an email with a Unique Code, using which you will get free Alibaba Cloud Resources, as described below. Each member of the team will get a different Unique Code which they can use separately.
  • Next create a free account on Alibaba Cloud by going here. Note that after entering the verification code sent to your email, you do not need to enter your payment details even if you are prompted to do so.
  • You can then claim your free Alibaba Cloud Resources by going here. Enter your name, email ID and the Unique Code that you had received from CodeChef through email.
    1. You will be assigned two sets of Alibaba Cloud Resources. One set of resources will be assigned to you when you within 15 hours of entering the Unique Code, and you will receive an email when it has been assigned to you. This first set of resources is for you to practice with, and get used to the various components of the cloud service.
    2. The second set of resources will be identical to the first set, and they will be automatically assigned to you on September 10th (or later, if you register after that). Details about this will be emailed to you as well.
    3. Both these sets of resources will expire 30 days after it has been assigned to you. Make sure to use and deploy your app in the second set of resources, so that it is working at least till 9th October, for judging.
  • You can then log into your Alibaba Cloud account and activate your cloud resources by going to Billing Management -> Voucher Management. Once you have activated them, you are all set to start using them for your app!
  • Alibaba Cloud resources include: ECS (Elastic Compute Service), RDS (Relational Database Service), OSS (Object Storage Service), Function Compute, MongoDB, 5 Clouder Courses and Exams, ROS, Message Services.