If you’re a programming aficionado, and your world revolves around solving algorithms, or coding, then this is one competition that’s directly targeted at you.
The annual Facebook Hacker Cup is back again, inviting contestants to register at the earliest, if they want the chance to compete with fellow programmers from around the globe.
The Social Networking giants initiated the Hacker Cup in 2011, to encourage engineering skills, and also aim for the chance of a possible employment in the company itself. If you’re surprised by the blatant nature of such a distinguished company like Facebook, conducting a hacking competition, you may rest assured, as it’s all clean. The term, over time, has been misconstrued to mean ‘an illegal activity’. However, in reality, all it involves is using codes to solve algorithmic problems. Facebook stated,
“Hacking is core to how we build at Facebook. Whether we’re building a prototype for a major product like Timeline at a Hackathon, creating a smarter search algorithm, or tearing down walls at our new headquarters, we’re always hacking to find better ways to solve problems.”
The competition revolves around finding ones way through challenging algorithms, by employing the means of highly accurate coding, all within a fixed duration of time. It is held in 2 segments- Online rounds, and an ‘Onsite Final’
The ‘Online segment’ will be conducted in 4 parts, from the 25th of January, to the 16th of February, the first of which would be a qualifying round.
The ‘Onsite Final’ takes place between the 22nd and 23rd of March. In this round, the final 25 contestants will be flown to the Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. Here they’ll go through the very last round, the winner of which, will be the proud owner of the ‘Hacker Cup’, and also acquire a cash prize.
This year, the cash prize, has been increased a notch, in comparison to the previous year. The winner will receive $10,000, unlike last year’s $5,000.
This is the 3rd of its series of competitions, since 2011, getting tougher as each year passes by.
2011 saw over 11,000 participants, the winner being Petr Mitrichev, from Russia. And in second and third position, there was by Anh Tuan Khuc, from Vietnam, and Tiancheng Lou, from China, respectively.
2012, witnessed a slightly lesser turnout, in comparison to the previous years competition, with about 8,000 participants from over 150 countries. And, it was as challenging as ever. Roman Andreev, from Russia, took home the Cup that year, followed by Tomek Czajka, from the United States, and Tiancheng Lou, from China.
The registration process takes place between the 7th of January, to the 27th of the same month. Facebook ensures that previous years competitors will be automatically registered for the current one. However, it would be advisable to verify ones information, with the company, lest it requires an updation.
Winning this competition will be no easy feat, as one will be competing against some of the best programmers from around the globe. And, since it’s hosted by Facebook, one can be assured that the ‘Hacker Cup’ is a much talked about competition.
One may visit the Facebook website, for more information on the registration process.
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- Tomek Czajka