So You Think You’re A Hacker

So You Think You’re A Hacker

Facebook has announced the starting of its second annual Hacker Cup programming competition. According to Facebook, programmers will be judged on accuracy and speed as they race to solve algorithmic problems.

How It All Works

The competition starts with a 72-hour Qualification Round on January 20th, 2012 at 4:00 PM PT. All registered competitors will be presented with three problems. Every competitor who correctly solves at least one problem will advance to the 1st online round.

The 1st Online Round will last for 24 hours and will start on January 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM PT. Contenders must solve at least one problem correctly to advance. The top 500 will advance.

The second round will be three hours long, starting on February 4th, 2012 at 1:00 PM PT and ending at 4:00 PM PT. The top-scoring 100 participants from the second round will receive official Hacker Cup t-shirts.

The third online round will last three hours starting on February 11th, 2012 at 1:00 PM PT and ending at 4:00 PM PT. The top 25 competitors from the third online round will be notified via email that they have advanced to the final round which will take place in Facebook.

Facebook will fly in the top-scoring 25 competitors for the final round of the competition on March 17th, 2012, where they will receive some prizes. The number one competitor will “be immortalized on the Hacker Cup trophy” and win $5,000. The second place competitor will receive $2,000. The third placed contestant will receive $1,000. The rest of the 25 contestants will all receive $100.

So do you think you have what it takes to be the worlds next number one hacker?

Jordan Banafsheha is a freelance web developer and blogger. Visit his blog or contact him for info on his development services.

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