In 2013, Google Code Jam will mark its tenth year of bringing the world's coding community together to solve tough algorithmic puzzles. Last year tens of thousands competed, but there could only be one Code Jam Champion: Poland's Jakub Pachocki (meret), who took home the title and the first prize of $10,000.
Google Code Jam has changed a lot since our first tournament in 2003. People who were contestants back then are now entering their sixth year of running the event, and champions from 2006 to 2009 will help ready the competition for 2013. On top of that, we have a few other changes to announce this year.
First: $10,000 was a nice prize for previous years' winners. But in 2013 the stakes are higher: the next Code Jam Champion will claim $15,000.
We've also changed our rules so that 2013's champion will be automatically qualified for the finals in 2014. None of our past champions have needed the help, but we want to make sure our champion is present to defend his or her title.
Since 2009, we've made a habit of moving our finals from city to city each year. 2013 will be no exception, as we welcome our finalists to Google's office in London, the historic capital city of the United Kingdom. We're also adding a day to their stay, to give them more of an opportunity to appreciate the city.
If you want to explore the world's most-visited city with 25 of the world's best programmers, you'll need to get practicing: registration will open on March 12, 2013!
*To the mathematically inclined (all of our competitors), 2003-2013 sounds like enough time for eleven Code Jams. Nevertheless, this one will actually be our tenth global contest: we went through a major format change between 2006 and 2008, and there wasn't a global contest in 2007.