This article was published on December 10, 2010

Facebook Announces their 2011 Hacker Cup

Facebook Announces their 2011 Hacker Cup

Flex your coding muscles kids, Facebook has announced their 2011 Hacker Cup.

That beautiful profile page you look at everyday wasn’t built with paint and dreams. Facebook was built by a bunch of computer geeks hacking and coding furiously.

From Facebook:

We’re starting the Hacker Cup to bring engineers from around the world together to compete in a multi-round programming competition. Contestants will have to successfully solve algorithmic-based problem statements to advance and are ranked by accuracy and speed.

About the event:

  • What: An annual algorithmic programming contest open to hackers from around the world.
  • Where: Three online rounds with the finals at Facebook’s headquarters in California.
  • When: Registration opens December 20th with the three online rounds occurring throughout January 2011. World finals to follow.
  • Finals: We’ll pay to fly and accommodate the top 25 hackers from the 3rd online round out to our campus.
  • Prizes: Of course! $5,000 USD and title as world champion to the top hacker, $2,000 for 2nd place, $1,000 for 3rd, and $100 for 4th through 25th. Awesome t-shirts for the top 300 hackers coming out of the second online round.

Thousands will enter, but only one will emerge as world champion.

Keep an eye on the Hacker Cup page at for more announcements as the January 7th qualification round approaches.

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