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Google Hash Code is a competition where teams of participants have to solve an engineering challenge based on programming. There are two phases: a first classification round, which took place on February 23, and a final round on April 1, where the winning team will be announced.
The contest has been taking place every year since 2014 and started as a challenge for students and professionals in France. In 2016, the competition went international and moved to the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The first classification round was held on February and the BBVA Innovation Center in Madrid participated as one of the hubs, a meeting point for participating teams. BBVA hosted six teams of two to four people, where all the members (friends, work colleagues or university students) were passionate about programming and wished to learn and break their own limits.
The first challenge consisted in proposing a program to generate one or several solutions to an engineering problem. Additionally, the participants had to come up with the solution while working under the pressure of a live ranking with the score of all groups from across the world.
One of the teams included Álvaro, David, Iván and Álvaro. Friends and university students at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, they are studying IT and Mathematics and their team is called “MissingRightParenthesis.”
For them, “Google Hash Code is a challenge that we need to overcome while learning and having fun. All in a single competition.” The rest of participants also have this dual perspective of the contest.
The problem in this first round consisted in optimizing YouTube’s cache servers. However, in previous years, Google Hash Code has presented the teams with all kinds of programming-related challenges.
In the last edition, no Spanish team was able to gain a place among the top 20. Maybe this year they will be luckier and have the chance to travel to the final round in Paris.
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