Google Code Jam

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Trata-se de um torneio de programação organizado pelo Google onde se pede que os interessados tentem resolver problemas de algoritmos complexos num determinado período de tempo.

O Google Code Jam de 2010 vai decorrer entre Maio e Julho. As primeiras quatro etapas são efectuadas online (portanto no sossego da casinha) e os 25 melhores vão a Dublin para disputarem a final a 30 de Julho.

http://code.google.com/codejam
Regras: http://code.google.com/codejam/rules.html
Calendário: http://code.google.com/codejam/schedule.html


Deixo um exemplo para perceberem do que se trata:

Problem

In A.D. 2100, aliens came to Earth. They wrote a message in a cryptic language, and next to it they wrote a series of symbols. We've come to the conclusion that the symbols indicate a number: the number of seconds before war begins!

Unfortunately we have no idea what each symbol means. We've decided that each symbol indicates one digit, but we aren't sure what each digit means or what base the aliens are using. For example, if they wrote "ab2ac999", they could have meant "31536000" in base 10 -- exactly one year -- or they could have meant "12314555" in base 6 -- 398951 seconds, or about four and a half days. We are sure of three things: the number is positive; like us, the aliens will never start a number with a zero; and they aren't using unary (base 1).

Your job is to determine the minimum possible number of seconds before war begins.


Fica pois a sugestão para o pessoal cá do fórum que perceba de programação e goste de desafios engraçados. ;)