Earlier Start For Facebook’s Hacker Cup

By David Cohen 

HackerCup650Facebook’s annual Hacker Cup competition is kicking off a little earlier this year, as the social network announced on its Facebook Hacker Cup page that the online qualification round will be held Nov. 21 through 24.

Other notable dates include:

  • Dec. 7: Online elimination round.
  • Dec. 14: Online elimination round two.
  • Dec. 21: Online elimination round three.
  • Feb. 20 and 21: On-site finals at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

The online qualification round for the 2013 Hacker Cup took place Jan. 25 through 27, and the on-site finals were held March 22 and 23.

Facebook described its Hacker Cup in the about section of the event’s page:

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. In the Hacker Cup, programmers from around the world will be judged on accuracy and speed as they race to solve algorithmic problems to advance through up to five rounds of programming challenges. This is your chance to compete against the world’s best programmers for awesome prizes and the title of world champion.

The champion will receive $10,000, with the second-place and third-place finishers taking home $2,000 and $1,000, respectively, and the rest of the finalists being awarded $100 apiece.

Interested programmers can register here.