TODAY, Google has opened up registration for Google Code Jam 2012. This year thousands of students, professional programmers and freelance code wizards will pit their ingenuity against a new set of algorithmic challenges concocted by our tireless team of red-eyed, LED-illuminated problem writers.
Last year’s champion, Makoto Soejima, was asked to build a house for kittens, serve food to hungry mathematicians, escape from a shady casino and help Goro control his anger. Who knows what our problem writers have on their minds this year?
Code Jam is a world-wide programming competition in which contestants may use any programming language to solve algorithmic problems. The qualification round takes place April 13, followed by three online rounds in the following months. At the end of it all, the top 25 contestants will be invited to Google’s New York office on July 27 for a final match up and a chance to win $10,000. If you are up for the challenge,throw your hat into the ring now.
Registration will open March 13, 2012 and will close on April 15, 2012. To view the schedule, frequently asked questions and more information, please visit the Google Code Jam Page.
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Thomas Suarez a 6th grader at a middle school in the South Bay area. While most of his friends are probably playing outside, watching TV, etc. Thomas is writing code for his iPhone applications.
“I have been interested in technology as long as I can remember” he said. The middle schooler has even created his own corporation, CarrotCorp. CarrotCorp has created numerous applications, all of which are available on iOS. His apps include Bustin Jieber, Earth Fortune, Bustin Piers and more.
A lot of kids these days like to play games, but now they want to make them,” he says. “And it’s difficult because not many kids know where to go to find out how to make a program…And not many parents have written apps.” Suarez, inspired by Steve Jobs, started an App Club at school where any student can come to learn to design an app.
In the future, Suarez wants to create more apps, more games and get into Android programming and development. He plans on continuing his app club and find other ways for students to share knowledge with others.
Thomas Suarez has recently spoken at a TED conference. You can watch the recorded video below.