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Summary of the Tournament
The Google Code Jam India is being offered by Google, Inc. ("Google") and TopCoder, Inc. ("TopCoder"). Google always focuses on creating innovative technologies that could benefit ordinary people’s life. The goal of this contest is to encourage and reward the top talents in computer science in India. The Code Jam India will take place between February 27, 2006 and April 7, 2006. It begins with an online registration, after which all registered individuals will participate in a Qualification Round to determine who will compete in the programming tournament. The tournament consists of one (1) online qualification round, one (1) online elimination round and one (1) onsite final round. The top 250 scores from Round 1 will receive a Google Code Jam India t-shirt. In addition, Google will award Rs. 1,500,000 in cash and prizes to the 50 finalists in the tournament.
All individuals who are residents of India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand may register and compete in the Google India Code Jam 2006, provided they reside in that country during the dates of the competition, February 27 and April 7, 2006. Please note that due to potential visa restrictions, some candidates from Pakistan may not be able to participate at the on-site finals in Bangalore, India.
Registrants who are 13 years of age or older as of March 20, 2006 may compete in the Qualification Round and Online Round 1 of the Google India Code Jam 2006. Only participants who are 18 years of age or older as of March 20, 2006 are eligible to compete in the Championship Round and win prizes (cash or products). The Google India Code Jam 2006 is void where prohibited by applicable law.
Full and part-time employees of Google and TopCoder as well as those who are performing internships from February 27, 2006 - April 7, 2006 and those involved in the production (including prize suppliers), implementation and distribution of this tournament and their advertising or promotion agencies, parent companies, service providers, agents, officers, subsidiaries or affiliates, or any other persons or entities directly associated with the tournament and members of the immediate families and/or persons living in the same household as such persons, are ineligible to enter the tournament.
Registration will open on Monday, February 27, 2006 at 9:00AM IST and will close on Monday, March 20, 2006 at 9:00AM IST. There is no limit to the number of registrants for the competition, however each individual may only register once.
The Qualification Round will be open for 24 hours from Noon IST on Monday, March 20, 2006 through Noon IST on Tuesday, March 21, 2006.
The Qualification Round will consist of two phases: the Coding Phase and System Testing Phase.
The Competition Field
Up to 500 individuals will qualify to compete in Round 1. The top 50 scorers from Round 1 will advance to the onsite Championship Round.
About the Tournament
Use of Plugins in the Competition Arena
The use of external TopCoder Arena plugins or any modifications to the TopCoder Arena functionality is strictly prohibited.
Online Elimination Rounds
Everyone who competes in Round 1 must log in to the TopCoder Competition Arena no later than ten minutes prior to the start of the online round. All start times will be communicated as IST, so contestants in other time zones must adjust accordingly. If a coder does not participate, for any reason, in an online round he/she has advanced to, it will be treated as an automatic loss in that round of competition.
All competitors who have been invited to compete will be randomly assigned to specific rooms, with up to 10 people in each room. TopCoder will determine all room assignments prior to the start of each online round.
Scoring and Advancing
After each round of competition, the top scorers will be identified and will advance to the next round. Coder advancement in all rounds is determined by comparing the total point values from all three phases of the round for each coder. In order to advance, a coder must finish each round with a positive (i.e., greater-than-zero) point total. The structure of the online rounds is as follows:
Round 1 (online)
Up to 500 coders will compete in Round 1. The 50 highest scoring competitors will advance to the Championship Round. Each coder must have positive points to advance, so if there are less than 50 competitors who score positive points, only those competitors with a positive point total will advance.
NOTE: In the event of a tie for any advancing position (Positive points only), all tied coders will advance to the Championship Round.
Competition Round Structure
Round 1 and the onsite round of competition (excluding the Qualification Round) consists of three phases: the Coding Phase, Challenge Phase, and System Testing Phase. The Qualification Round will consist only of the Coding Phase and System Testing Phase. (See "Qualification Round" above for details regarding the Coding Phase and System Testing Phase of the Qualification Round.)
Up to 50 advancers from Round 1 will compete in the onsite Championship Round of the tournament being held on Friday, April 7, 2006. Google will contact all finalists for travel information.
Google will provide all travel accommodations for each finalist to attend the Championship Round. In addition, Google will provide overnight accommodations and all travel arrangements to and from the airport, as well as to and from the onsite round facility. All other expenses are the responsibility of the contestant.
The Championship Round will be a single round of 50 coders. Placement in the Championship Round is determined by comparing the total points of each coder, with the highest point value placing first. The winner of the Championship Round will be the coder with the highest point total for the round. In the event of a tie in the Championship Round, the tie will be resolved in the following manner (in order):
The top 250 scores from Round 1 will receive a "Google Code Jam India" t-shirt. In addition, the 50 finalists in the Championship Round will receive prizes. As required by Indian law, Google India will deduct income-tax at source from all prize money, at the rate of 30% + surcharge + educational cess. Prizes will be distributed as follows:
Conditions of Participation
By participating in the tournament, you agree to be bound by these rules and to all decisions of Google and TopCoder, which are final, binding and conclusive in all matters. Also, by participating in this tournament, you consent to providing certain information to Google for recruiting purposes. Such information shall include your registration information and your competition statistics.
Contestants must not cheat. All ideas for any code and/or challenge submitted must be the contestant's alone.
Winners in each round of competition will be those competitors that are the top scorers. All decisions relating to the viability of submissions, the ranking of submissions and all other matters pertaining to the tournament shall be within the sole discretion of TopCoder or its designee and shall be final and binding in all respects.
Prizewinners will be announced upon completion of the Championship Round. Any prizewinner claiming a prize must complete the following documents onsite before claiming the prize (Google will provide the prizewinners with these documents prior to the start of the Championship Round):
As a condition of participation in the tournament, all information provided by you upon registration must be comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date. Google and/or TopCoder may require you to complete an additional registration form to register for the tournament. In order to be eligible to participate in the tournament, you must have completed any and all registration forms required by Google and TopCoder.
As a condition of winning and redeeming a prize, winners will be required to complete and provide to Google a completed (i) Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and Publicity Release (the "Affidavit"), and (ii) an applicable tax form, as appropriate. In completing the Affidavit, a winner (a) confirms his/her eligibility, (b) represents and warrants that he/she has not cheated; that the idea for the code and/or challenge submitted is his/hers alone, (c) verifies the accuracy of the information submitted in Google Code Jam India registration process, (d) authorizes TopCoder and Google to publicize the tournament's results, (e) agrees to sign any applicable forms required by tax authorities, (f) licenses to TopCoder and Google rights to all information submitted during the tournament (including rights to source code and other executables), and (g) releases TopCoder and Google from liability arising out of any prize won. Google requires contestants to complete necessary tax forms, as applicable, for tax reporting purposes.
If prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or if the winner fails to return the Affidavit or the applicable tax form, the winner will be disqualified and the prize won by the disqualified winner will be forfeited. Providing false information in the registration process or in the required forms described in this paragraph will disqualify a winner.
By participating in a tournament and redeeming a prize, a winner releases and agrees to hold harmless Google and TopCoder, their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, sponsors, and prize suppliers, and all of their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents, from and against any and all liability for any loss, property damage or damage to person, including without limitation, death and injury, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from or arising out of participation in this tournament, or participation in any tournament-related activity, or the receipt, use or misuse of a prize. Google and TopCoder specifically disclaim all liability associated with, and make no warranties with regard to, any prize given.
In addition, all prizewinners agree to cooperate with Google’s and TopCoder's publicity efforts, without further compensation. This includes the agreement to use their name, handle, address (city and state) and likeness for publicity purposes, where legal, for this or similar future tournaments, and to use the statements made by, or attributed to, the winners relating to Google and TopCoder and any and all rights to said use, without further compensation.
Google and TopCoder reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to revoke any and all privileges associated with competing in this tournament, and to take any other action it deems appropriate, for no reason or any reason whatsoever, including if TopCoder suspects competitors of cheating, tampering with the entry process, the operation of the Web site, or the tournament process, or otherwise being in violation of the rules. Google and TopCoder reserve the right to cancel, terminate or modify the tournament if it is not capable of completion as planned for any reason, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort.
The tournament is void in whole or in part where prohibited by law.
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