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Hackathon Gold: How To Win a Job Offer In a Coding Competition 25

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Hackathons have stirred up their share of controversy — mostly around too-big prizes and the inevitable cheating that follows. But for some developers they also can be the ultimate job interview — not just a coding test, but an opportunity to show off your people skills. Take the case of the January 2014 GlobalHack contest in St. Louis that was initially attended by several hundred programmers. The story of the contest isn't who took away the top $50,000 prize but about the other participants who didn't finish in the money but came away with something else that is arguably more important."
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Hackathon Gold: How To Win a Job Offer In a Coding Competition

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  • Re:Google Code Jam (Score:5, Interesting)

    by JMZero ( 449047 ) on Thursday April 03, 2014 @09:15PM (#46656775) Homepage

    Google Code Jam is a really super excellent way to get into algorithm programming competitions, at least in North American. The serious competitors are pretty thin on the ground here (or at least they have been in past years) so with a bit of commitment, some programming experience, and a little luck, getting to the on site rounds is very achievable.

    It's especially a great opportunity if you're interested in working at Google - doing well will definitely attract their attention.

    It's also one of the most approachable competition formats; it's very "approach agnostic", and doesn't focus on anything too obscure in terms of required knowledge or skills. The time bounds are loose enough that you don't have to worry about things like "reading from a file efficiently". The initial rounds usually just test whether you can do basic programming. The test cases they supply do a good job of making sure you get things like formatting right - meaning you get to focus on the actual problem instead of goofy side issues.

    Very well run contest, and lots of fun even if you're not a real expert.

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