The social network described its annual programming contest as follows on its Hacker Cup page:
Hacking is core to how we build at Facebook. Whether we’re building a prototype for a major product like Timeline at a hackathon, creating a smarter search algorithm or tearing down walls at our new headquarters, we’re always hacking to find better ways to solve problems. In the Hacker Cup, programmers from around the world will be judged on accuracy and speed as they race to solve algorithmic problems to advance through up to five rounds of programming challenges. This is your chance to compete against the world’s best programmers for awesome prizes and the title of World Champion.
The schedule for the 2016 Hacker Cup follows (all times PT):
- Jan. 8, 4 p.m. to Jan. 10, 4 p.m.: Qualification round.
- Jan. 16, 10 a.m. to Jan. 17, 10 a.m.: Round one.
- Jan. 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Round two.
- Jan. 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Round three.
- March 3: On-site finals in London, times to be announced.