Want Cash, Glory, and a free trip to the Facebook’s Northern California headquarters? Well, test your programming skills at the First annual Facebook programming contest “Hacker Cup”. And if you happen to be the champion, you will get them all.
The Facebook Hacker Cup
The contest consists of set of online rounds where contestants will be challenged with algorithmic-based problem statements. Those who successfully solve the problems in the allotted period of time will advance to the next round.
The competition commences with a 72 hour Qualification round on January 7, 2011, wherein all the registered contestants will be presented with three problems. Contestants who can solve at least one problem will advance to the online round 1 that commences on January 15.
The first online round will consist of 3 sub-rounds. The 1,000 top-scoring competitors from each of the 3 sub-rounds will advance to Online Round 2, which commences on January 22. The top 25 competitors from online 2 will be flown out (on Facebook’s expense) to Palo Alto, California where they will fight for the Hacker Cup.
The winner of the competition will be given $5000. Needless to say that he will catch the eye of the recruiters at Facebook.
The idea of programming competition is not new. Google is known for its “Code Jam” events. Now Facebook, with its Hacker Cup is all set to test the mettle of software hotshots.
So are you ready for it? In case you want to brush up your skills before the Hacker Cup, Facebook’s puzzle page will be a good place to start out with.