Bangalore: Top coders from across the Asia Pacific region competed at the semi-finals of the global computer programming contest ‘Google Code Jam 2008’ in Bangalore, Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, and Sydney.
The programmers were selected by an online competition that tested coding skills and creativity with three rounds of challenging problems. The group assembled to face their next set of challenges that will enable them to advance to the final round at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View in November.
2008 will be the first year with regional semifinal playoffs in over ten countries. Prize money of over $80,000 will be distributed amongst the winners
“It’s a good opportunity to introduce the best of the programming world to our offices across the globe and demonstrate the diverse experiences that Google offers engineers worldwide,” said Prasad Ram, R&D head, Google India.
Created as a side project by a team of enthusiastic Google employees including previous Code Jam winners, the contest aims to bring together the brightest programmers from across the globe, and supports all programming languages.