January 6, 2016

Google Hash Code Programming Competition for Students and Professionals in Africa, Europe and Middle East

#Hash Code Competition

Contest Type: Challenge competition
Contest Level: Programming/Coding
Provider: Google Inc.
Country to Work in: Online; then France

Contest Description
Hash Code is a team-based programming competition organized by Google for students and industry professionals (18+) across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. You pick your team and programming language, Google picks a real-life engineering problem to solve. Are you up for the challenge?

Hash Code started in 2014 as a one-day programming competition for students and professionals. The Online Qualification Round was introduced in 2015, after which the top teams were then invited to the Google Paris office to face off in the Final Round of the competition.

The only thing you need for the Online Qualification Round is a computer connected to the Internet. Registration is free.

Eligibility
To participate in the Competition and be eligible for entry, the following conditions must be satisfied throughout the duration of the Competition:
  • Participants must be university level students (eg. Bachelor, Master, PhD, or Engineering Cycle) or professionals.
  • Participants compete in teams of two to four members ("Team" ). A team can consist of student participant only, professional participants only or a mix. Team composition cannot be changed after the Online Qualification Round has begun. Any Participant may leave a Team during the competition, but every Team should have at least two members. A Participant has to be part of exactly one Team during the Competition and may not change its Team.
  • Each Participant must be a resident of a country of Europe, Middle East and Africa (see the full list in Appendix - available on official website). This includes the parts of those countries (and only those countries) which are beyond Europe, Middle East and Africa.
  • Each Participant must NOT be: (i) resident or citizen of a US embargoed country, (ii) ordinarily resident in a US embargoed country, or (iii) otherwise prohibited by applicable export controls and sanctions programs from participating in the Competition.
  • Participants must be over 18 years of age at the date of the Online Qualification Round and NOT be fulltime or temporary employees, interns, officers, directors, contractors or vendors of Google, its subsidiaries and affiliated companies. However employees, officers, or directors of Google, its subsidiaries and affiliated companies may participate in the organization committee of the Competition.
Eligible groups
Citizens of Africa, Europe and Middle East countries

Participating Institutions
For the Online Qualification Round, your team can participate from anywhere. To make this round a bit more exciting, you can volunteer to organize a hub (e.g. at your university) where local teams can come together to compete.

The Final Round will take place in Paris, France.

Fields of study
Programming and coding.

Your team will be tasked with solving a real-life challenge created by Google engineers using your own computer and programming language and tools of your choice.

Number of prizes
Not specified. However, every participant will get a gift bag.

Sponsorship duration
The competition takes place over two rounds:
  • Online Qualification Round (Thursday, 11th February 2016 18:30 to 22:30 CET): Your team can participate from one of our competition hubs or from wherever else you’d like.
  • Final Round (Saturday, 19th March 2016 9:30 to 21:30 CET): Top scoring teams from the Online Qualification Round will be invited to Google Paris to compete in the Final Round of the competition.
Contest Prize
For the Final Round, the three teams with the highest scores will be awarded cool Google prizes. Every participant will also get a certificate of qualification to the Final Round and a gift bag.

Method of Application
Find a team and sign up now to participate in the 2016 edition of Hash Code! Each Participant must register through a form on the Competition website (link to it is below) and include all the required information. In the registration form, each Participant must notably provide the Google Account (GMail address) that he/she will use to connect to the online judge system. If the Participant does not have a Google account, he/she must open one before registering. All the data provided through the registration process must be complete and correct.

HOW TO PREPARE
You should carefully review the rules of the competition. It may also be helpful to look at problem statements from the past editions of Hash Code. Google encourages you to practice together with your teammates, and agree on the programming languages and tools you'd like to use. You should prepare an empty "Hello World!" project on your computer, with a script to generate the ZIP file to upload the source code to the Judge System.

DEADLINES:
Entries into this contest start 30th November 2015 and ends 9th February 2016 18:00 CET

PLEASE NOTE:
Google Hash Code: “We will add all participants to a mailing list (hashcode-announce-2016@google.com), and will send all relevant information there (so monitor your mailbox!). The problem statement will be available on the Judge System, and we will also post any clarification to the problem statement there. You’ll also be able to get in touch with us over email if you have any questions”.

Hash Code started in 2014 as a one-day programming competition for students and professionals from across France. Google introduced the Online Qualification Round in 2015 where more than 1,500 students and professionals competed. The top teams were then invited to the Google Paris office to face off in the Final Round of the competition.

Application Deadline: 9 February 2016
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africa, Europe & M/East)

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: List of Competitions for Students and Professionals

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