Google Code Jam 2006 Programmers Worldwide Invited to Participate in Google’s Fourth Annual Global Coding Competition

Registration opens August 14th; finals to be held in Google’s New York City Engineering Office on October 27th, 2006

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., and NEW YORK, NY, – August 14, 2006 – Google Inc., (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that registration is now open for Google Code Jam 2006. Google’s annual online coding competition presents participants with a series of challenges that they must use their programming skills and creativity to solve. Programmers ready to match their skills against the world’s best can register at www.google.com/codejam2006. The top 100 contestants win an all expenses paid trip to New York City to compete in the finals at Google’s New York Engineering Office.

"The Google Code Jam is an incredible opportunity for the most talented and fastest computer scientists in the world to come together and compete on an international stage," said Alan Eustace, senior vice president, Engineering. "Google is proud to support these amazing coders as they take on some of the world’s most challenging programming problems, and we’re pleased to have the chance to introduce them to our research and development offices around the world."

This year marks the first year the finals will be held in New York City. "Google New York is very excited to be hosting Google Code Jam 2006," said Craig Nevill-Manning, director, Engineering New York, Google Inc. "It’s an incredible opportunity to introduce the best of the programming world to our New York Engineering office in downtown Manhattan and demonstrate the incredible diversity of experiences that Google offers engineers all over the world. If you can make it in Code Jam here, you can make it anywhere!"

In addition to the trip to Google’s New York Engineering Office, finalists will also divide $155,000 in prize money:
Grand Prize: $10,000
2nd – 10th place: $5,000 each
11th – 25th place: $2,500 each
26th – 50th place: $1,000 each
51st – 100th place: $750 each

Registration for Google Code Jam closes September 5, and the qualifying round begins on the same day.

Last year, more than 14,500 competitors from 32 countries took part in the Google Code Jam, and Marek Cygan of Poland took home the grand prize. The Google Code Jam is powered by TopCoder®, the leader in online programming competition, skills assessment, and competitive software development. More information about Google Code Jam 2006 can be found at www.google.com/codejam2006.

About Google Inc.

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