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Apply For The 2016 Google Hash Code Programming Competition

About the 2016 Google Hash Code Programming Competition

Applications are currently ongoing for the 2016 Google Hash Code Programming Competition for Students and Professionals in Africa, Europe & Middle East.

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.

Hash Code started in 2014 as a one-day programming competition for students and professionals from across France. The Online Qualification Round was introduced 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. You can take a look at the problems from past editions of Hash Code.



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

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Competition Type:

Coding competition

Eligibility Criteria

  • Hash Code is open to university students and industry professionals (18+) in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
  • Participants register and compete in teams of two to four.
  • Registration is free
  • The only thing you need for the Online Qualification Round is a computer connected to the Internet. The Hangout on Air will be available on YouTube, so if you can watch YouTube videos on your computer then you should be able to view it. The Judge System will be available as a web application, compatible with recent web browsers. For the rest of your computer setup, you’re free to use the tools and programming languages of your choice.

Number of Awards:

Not specified


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.

Programme Duration:

The competition takes place over two rounds:

  • Thursday, 11th February 2016 18:30 to 22:30 CET: Online Qualification Round. Your team can participate from one of our competition hubs or from wherever else you’d like.
  • Saturday, 19th March 2016 9:30 to 21:30 CET: Final Round. Top scoring teams from the Online Qualification Round will be invited to Google Paris to compete in the Final Round of the competition.

Eligible Countries:

Countries in Africa, Europe & Middle East

Country to be taken at:

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

How to Apply

Find a team and sign up now to participate in the 2016 edition of Hash Code! Registration is free of charge and will close on 9th February 2016 at 18:00 CET.

Carefully review the rules of the competition. We encourage 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.

Visit official program webpage to apply

Application Deadline:

Entry starts from 30th November 2015 to 9th February 2016 18:00 CET

Important Note:

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”.

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