Facebook's Annual Hacker Cup Contest Kicks Off End of January

On Wednesday, Facebook announced the third annual of the Hacker Cup contest. This is an annual contest of algorithmic programming open to engineers from all over the world. Accuracy and skill of the programmers are the criteria upon which they will be judged.

The contest has five rounds in which programmers solve various algorithmic problems; the final winner will get the title of Facebook's 2012 Hacker Cup World Champion.

On the blog post to announce the contest, David Alves, Facebook mobile engineer, wrote, "Hacking is core to how we build at Facebook," as published on Facebook.

The blog post also mentioned that engineers of the company are "always hacking to find better ways to solve problems."

The contest starts on January 20th with a 72-hour Qualifying Round at 4:00 PM PST and will end on January 23rd at 4:00 PM PST. After qualifying, the next three rounds will be held in different periods of time starting on January 28th.

The top 25 finalists will get an opportunity to visit Facebook headquarters located in Menlo Park, California for the March 27 final round. Besides, the title, the winner will receive US $5,000; the top three runners up will also receive cash prizes.