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Facebook launches online hacking competition

Facebook has taken to its own networking site to announce the return of its online programming competition.

David Alves, mobile engineer, informed users of the update along with the ins and outs of what is sure to be an exciting race to the finish line.

And while some business types may question the role of hacking in an organisation, it seems that the team at Facebook are keen to use the contest as a way of finding the next generation of computer wiz kids.

"Hacking is core to how we build at Facebook," he wrote in an official statement.

"We're always hacking to find better ways to solve problems."

One of the major developments to come out of hacking in recent years is the Facebook Time, which was nutted out in a single evening.

It would later take a total of six months for some of the world's leading engineers and designers to complete the software update ready for its launch in 2012.

Infrastructure engineer Ryan Mack, who worked on the Timeline project, wrote on the Facebook blog:
"In retrospect, that's pretty crazy. We had to move a lot of mountains to go from the initial infrastructure review meeting to successfully turning on the 100 per cent backend load test in just six months. Done another way, this project could have taken twice as long – and that's being generous."

It has been suggested that the company's start up culture is behind its continued success in the online sphere, which is why competitions such as Facebook's 2012 Hacker Cup are taking place.

According to Alves hackathons are held regularly by the company in order to develop new software prototypes and create smarter search algorithms.

Engineers are encouraged to take part in the competition which is being described as an algorithmic programming contest, with registrations now open.

Posted by Aimee McBride