Registration Opens for Google Code Jam 2005

Programmers Worldwide Invited to Compete in Google’s Third Annual Coding Competition

Sergio Sancho
2004 Winner
Sergio Sancho

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – July 25, 2005 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced that registration is now open for Google Code Jam 2005, Google’s annual online coding competition consisting of a series of problem-solving challenges that invite participants to select a programming language and use their programming skills to code solutions to the problems. Programmers interested in competing can register at www.topcoder.com/googlecodejam.

"The Google Code Jam celebrates some of the best work in problem solving from the fastest and most talented computer scientists in the world," said Alan Eustace, vice president, Engineering, Google Inc. "Google is proud to support their amazing talents and provide opportunities to consider joining our research and development offices in Brazil, China, Japan, Europe, India, or elsewhere."

Qualification rounds begin August 22, and the 100 finalists will be invited to compete in the Championship Round to be held at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on September 23, 2005. Finalists will divide $155,000 in prize money:

  • Grand Prize winner: $10,000
  • 2nd-10th place winners: $5,000 each
  • 11th-25th place winners: $2,500 each
  • 26th-50th place winners: $1,000 each
  • 51st-100th place winners: $750 each

The Google Code Jam is powered by TopCoder, the leader in online programming competition, skills assessment and competitive software development. Last year, more than 7,500 participants from more than 100 countries competed in the Google Code Jam. Sergio Sancho of Buenos Aires, Argentina was the winner of the 2004 competition, and Jimmy Mardell of Stockholm, Sweden, took home the grand prize in 2003. More information about Google Code Jam 2005 can be found at www.google.com/codejam.

About Google Inc.

Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google’s targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com.

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