Facebook Hosts Debut Hacking Competition

You would think that hacking is a thing that Facebook would despise, but instead they seem to enjoy it. The world’s biggest social networking site is in fact playing host to a cup competition which brings the best hackers from around the world, head to head.

Registration for the “Hacker Cup” began back in December and the competitiors have been battling it out in challenges since. The remaining 25 participants have all been flown in to Facebook HQ in Palo Alto for the finals, where they will try and type themselves to victory, all expenses paid! If you feel you could have entered and missed out this time around, then fear not as Mashable has reported the competition will be an annual one.

Once the best hacker is crowned, they will have their name engraved on to the hacker cup which takes the form of a metal first emerging from a cube of concrete. The winner will also scoop a cheque for $5,000, with the runner up and 3rd placed contestant taking $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. Facebook “Hacker Cup” T-shirts will also be available, reading ‚ÄúThere can be only one”.

The contestants come from 10 different countries around the world, which include China, Poland, Germany, Holland, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Singapore, Switzerland and of course the US. We understand that Mr Zuckerberg will not be entering his own tournament on this occasion. You can see a picture of all 25 competitors and also plenty more details on the tournament by visiting Mashable.