Thursday, November 27, 2008

Students from around the world jam in Mountain View

On Friday, November 14, we hosted the Grand Finals of Google Code Jam. The event brought together the top 100 coder participants from around the world, who'd been taking their programming skills to the limit over the last few months, solving fiendish algorithmic puzzles and coming up with creative solutions to the tricky problems we posed.

When we announced Code Jam in June, we saw sign-ups from 22,867 students from 142 countries. After the online rounds, we hosted the top 500 coders at regional semifinals in 14 offices across Europe, Asia, and the Americas, and last Friday we were pleased to welcome the top 100 finalists to our Mountain View campus for the final, highlighting the overwhelming involvement of students in making this contest so successful.

We're pleased to share the final results of this year's Code Jam: Tiancheng Lou, from Tsinghua University in Beijing, took home the $10,000 Grand Prize, Zeyuan Zhu, also from Tsignhua University in Beijing, won second place, Bruce Merry from the United Kingdom came in third, and cash prizes went to the other finalists.

Check out more pictures from the Google Code Jam Finals.

Congratulations to all and we hope to see you at the next Jam!

[NFGB] Link - from Google Student Blog
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