A Toast to Code Jam 2008

NOV 14, 2008
By Bartholomew Furrow, Google Code Jam Team

Cheers to the 100 Code Jammers who made it to the Code Jam finals in Mountain View today! We hope you enjoyed the competition as much as we enjoyed seeing you type furiously, solve ridiculously challenging puzzles, and meet other programming pros. Speaking of pros, a team that included past Code Jam winners used their 20% time to create a new platform that allowed everyone to program in the language of their choice. It was, as you know, a long road to the last round of Code Jam. More than 11,000 of you participated in online rounds, 500 semi-finalists reached the regional stage and 100 finalists from 23 different countries competed this morning. We're pleased to finally announce the day's results: Tiancheng Lou of China took home the $10,000 Grand Prize. Zeyuan Zhu from China won second place, Bruce Merry from United Kingdom came in third and cash prizes went to the other finalists.

Congrats to all and see you at the next Jam!