Registration Opens For 2013 Facebook Hacker Cup

By David Cohen 

Can you feel it in the air? It’s almost Hacker Cup time at Facebook. The social network announced in a post on the Facebook Engineering page that registration is now open for the 2013 Facebook Hacker Cup.

The post read:

Registration is now open for the 2013 Facebook Hacker Cup! If you registered for a previous year, you’re automatically registered for this year, but you should check to make sure all of your information is up-to-date. The qualification round begins Jan. 25. Good luck!

Facebook described its Hacker Cup in the about section of its Hacker Cup 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 winner of that title in 2012 was Roman Andreev of Russia, emerging from the more than 8,000 programmers from 150 countries who entered the qualification round last January.

Registration is open until Jan. 27, according to a post on the Facebook Hacker Cup page, which offered the following schedule:

  • Jan. 7 to 27: Registration.
  • Jan. 25 to 27: Online Qualification Round.
  • Feb. 2: Online Elimination Round 1.
  • Feb. 9: Online Elimination Round 2.
  • Feb. 16: Online Elimination Round 3.
  • March 22 to 23: On-Site Finals at Facebook.