Google" href="http://thenextweb.com/google/">Google has opened up registration for its 2013 Code Jam programming competition. Now in its 10th year, the company is inviting all participants with higher stakes on the line. This year, the top prize has grown to $15,000 and an automatic bid to the 2014 event.

It’s around this time of the year when Google begins accepting interested people into this event. With Code Jam, professional and student programmers are invited from all over the world to compete against each other as they try and solve “tough algorithmic puzzles”. The company said that more than 35,000 coders competed last year and Poland’s Jakub Pachocki took the title of Code Jam Champion and the $10,000 reward.

The competition will start on April 12, 2013 with the Code Jam Qualification Round. In the second round, 3,000 contestants will advance and the top 500 will move on to the third round. Only 25 participants will be chosen to move to the Onsite Finals. In total, there will be four online rounds and the world finals will be held in London at Google’s office this August.

In order to participate, registrants must be 13 years of age or older, not a Google employee or intern, or even an affiliate or subsidiary, not related to anyone at Google, or a resident of Quebec, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Syria, Burma (Myanmar) or anywhere that Code Jam is prohibited by law. Besides these restrictions, anyone can register starting today and all the way until the end of the Qualification Round.

Google’s Code Jam registration comes days after Facebook announced the winner of its annual Hacker Cup competition. In that event, Russia’s Petr Mitrichev took the top prize of $10,000 and became the social network company’s only repeat winner.

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