Apply: Google Hashcode Programming Challenge 2018

Hash Code is a team programming competition organized by Google. You pick your team and programming language, and Google will select an engineering problem for you to solve.

About the competition 

Hash Code started in 2014 as a one-day programming competition for students and professionals from across France and had just 200 participants. The Online Qualification Round was introduced in 2015 where more than 1,500 students and professionals competed. In 2017, more than 26,000 participants from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa took part in the competition.

For each round of the competition Google will present a problem (see past problems) and your team will write a program that generates a solution. Your team can submit as many solutions as you’d like using the online Judge System, and a live scoreboard will let you know how you stack up against the competition. Top scoring teams will win cool Google prizes, because of course you can’t host a programming competition without something to work for!


Students and industry professionals across Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Participants compete in teams of two to four.

Registration is free of charge.

Selection Process

Top scoring teams from the Online Qualification Round will be notified and invited to the Final Round at Google Dublin. We’ll present a second challenge, and the winning teams will be awarded cool Google prizes. In addition to the competition, participants will also get the chance to learn more about Google through a variety of tech talks and presentations

Application deadline

26th February, 2018 at 18:00 CET

Read competition rules and visit competition webpage for more information.

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