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By Igor Naverniouk, Software Engineer, Code Jam

Last Friday, we kicked off our Code Jam qualification round where over 36,000 programmers from around the world competed for a chance to be one of the 25 finalists invited to New York for the final showdown. While registration for Code Jam is now closed, we didn’t want to keep you waiting a whole year to re-try your luck.



Starting tomorrow, April 19 at 7:00 AM PDT / 14:00 UTC, we will be running a Code Jam sprint. The stakes, you ask? The 100 top scoring developers to solve at least one two-part challenge will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets to Google I/O, which sold out in just over 20 minutes this year.

You don’t have to be a seasoned Code Jam veteran to participate, but you’ll want to register in advance. This ensures that the only thing between you and your ticket to Google I/O is a single challenge and a few quick clicks. In case you want a warm up, check out our Code Jam quick-start guide and practice questions.

The URL for the challenge will be posted to our +Google Developers page promptly tomorrow, April 19 at 7:00 AM, so don’t miss your chance to code your way to Google I/O this year!


Update 9:20 PM: We've edited this post to clarify exactly how the successful entries will be determined. Please read the bold sentence above for details.


Code Jam is a worldwide programming competition in which contestants may use any programming language to solve algorithmic problems. Although registration for Code Jam 2012 is now closed, developers can still compete in our Sprint to Google I/O for a chance to purchase a ticket to the conference for $900.


As his main job, Igor Naverniouk builds analytics for Google Play. In his 20% time, he works on programming challenges for Code Jam.

Posted by Scott Knaster, Editor