The Facebook Hacker Cup 2016 Is Underway

Facebook’s annual worldwide programming competition for hackers, the Facebook Hacker Cup kicked off today, January 9th 00:00 hours UTC.

Hackers from around the world will be allowed to participate in the Facebook Hacker Cup, a competition that began in 2011. The competition pits hackers against each other through various rounds of programming challenges.

The competition is seen as one of the premier coding events where talented and driven programmers participate in large numbers. While the event was initially seen as a Facebook-driven endeavor to scout and hire the best talent, the competition is now seen as a challenging face-off that’s engaging and enjoyable among the hacking community.

Hackers will have the constraint of developing programs within 6 minutes after choosing to solve an ‘input file’. 6 minutes will also be the time limit within which time hackers will have to upload their source code and the output for the input code. Furthermore, the maximum allowable size for each submitted source code file that is uploaded should be 100KB. The enforced restraints are seen as a means to foster ingenuity and creativity, while working with timers and boundaries.

The challenges will include a varied range of algorithmic problems over five rounds of programming challenges.

The qualification round began today and competitors will have to be registered users of Facebook and of the contest itself to participate. Participants for the competition can register here.

The online qualification round ends on January 11, 2016. The entire timetable for the online contest is as follows:

  • Qualification Round: January 8, 2016, 4pm PST – January 11, 2016, 4pm PST (72 hours)
  • Round 1: January 16, 2016, 10am PST – January 17, 2016, 10am PST (24 hours)
  • Round 2: January 23, 2016 10am PST – 1pm PST (3 hours)
  • Round 3: January 30, 2016 10am PST – 1pm PST (3 hours)

The competition’s ‘onsite’ finals for the hacker coding event will take place in Facebook’s London headquarters on March 3, 2016. The timing for the finals are yet to be announced.

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Samburaj is the contributing editor at Hacked and keeps tabs on science, technology and cyber security.