Could You Win Facebook’s Hacker Cup?

Fancy yourself as a hacker?

Want the opportunity to win $10,000?

If so, then Facebook may be offering you your chance for a bit of fame and glory with the return of their annual Hacker Cup.


The Hacker Cup returns this year with five rounds: a 72-hour qualification round that begins later this month, three online rounds, and a final onsite round for the top 25 contestants at Facebook’s Menlo Park HQ to determine the winner.

Contestants will be judged on their speed and ability to solve programming problems beginning with a set of preliminary rounds between January 25th and February 16th. The final round takes place on March 22nd and 23rd.

There are very few restrictions on who can apply – you simply need to be a registered Facebook user and over 18 and not live somewhere where such competitions are prohibited by law. You will, however, need to supply your real name, date of birth, postal address, phone number and email address so that means no anonymous entries.

You can register at any time before the 27th of January at

This year’s top prize of $10,000 is double the $5,000 scooped last year by Roman Andreev when he beat out 8,000 other contestants to take home the Hacker Cup crown.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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