Kick Start Global Online Coding Competition 2020, Google LLC, USA

Deadline: November 15, 2020

Ready to solve fun, challenging problems? Kick Start hosts online rounds throughout the year, giving participants the opportunity to test and grow their coding abilities while getting a sample of the programming skills needed for a technical career at Google. Participate in one — or join them all!

What is Kick Start?

Kick Start offers coders around the world the chance to develop and hone their programming skills through online-hosted competition rounds. The three-hour rounds feature a variety of algorithmic challenges, all developed by Google engineers so that you get a taste of the technical skills needed for a career at Google (the top competitors from our Kick Start rounds may be invited to interview at Google!). Our rounds are held regularly throughout the year at different times so they are easily accessible to coders everywhere. Each Kick Start Round is open to all participants, no pre-qualification needed, so you can try your hand at one or give them all a shot.

  • I’ve never done Kick Start; what is it?Kick Start is an online coding competition that offers single rounds throughout the year in which you write code to solve algorithmic problems that have multiple layers of difficulty.
  • Who is eligible to compete in Kick Start?See Section 1 (Eligibility) of the Coding Competitions Terms for complete eligibility criteria.
  • How does Kick Start work?
    1. Create a Coding Competitions profile if you don’t have one already. Then, when registration for the contest opens up, sign up! You must have or create a profile before you’re able to register for a contest.
    2. Once the Round starts, a link on the homepage will direct you to the dashboard for that Round.
    3. On the Round Overview page, you’ll see the problems. They will be listed in approximate order of difficulty, so we recommend starting with the first one.
    4. Read the problem description:
      1. The statement describes the problem that you need to write code to solve.
      2. The Input and Limits sections describe the test sets, which are an ordered list of difficulty targets for your program to hit. These sections make guarantees about the sort of data your code will have to run on for each test set.
      3. The Output and Sample Cases sections clarify what your code has to do.
    5. Write a solution that you think can pass at least Test Set 1.
    6. If you’d like, you can test your solution on test cases of your choice.
    7. When you submit a solution, we will first run your code against the sample cases (for non-interactive problems). If it passes those, we will run the code against Test Set 1, and on the next test set if that passes, and so on.
    8. For Visible Verdict Test Sets, you will learn during the Round whether your code passed. You can submit as many times as you like, with minor penalties.
    9. Solve as many test sets for as many problems as you can before the Round ends. The more test sets you solve, the higher your score.
  • Will I receive a Kick Start certificate and when are they given out?As a Kick Start contestant, you will receive a certificate for each round in which you participate in as long as you make one competitive attempt. You will also receive a summary certificate for each round you participate in that will auto update if you participate in multiple rounds. Certificates will be available on your Coding Competitions profile and will appear sometime after the round ends. Please note that both the Coding Competitions Terms and Kick Start Rules must be met in order to receive a certificate. Please note that both the Coding Competitions Terms and KS Rules govern the issuance of any certificate.
  • Where can I submit feedback or other questions not answered here?If you have any questions not addressed in this FAQ or would like to submit feedback to the Kick Start team, please contact us at kickstart@google.com and we will do our best to respond within two (2) business days. For any questions that require an answer while a Round is active, we will respond as soon as possible.

How it works

Register for Kick Start once on our website and you’ll be set up to compete in any round you’d like! When each round is open, the three hour countdown begins and you’ll compete on our website solving algorithmic and mathematical problems. Following the round, you can check out your rankings and the round analysis. If you were a top competitor, you may be contacted by Google for a chance to interview.

Looking to practice?

Practice makes perfect. Try your hand at past Kick Start problems to prepare for the next round on our archive page. If you’re new to Kick Start, check out our tutorial video, which walks through the platform and provides tips on how to solve an algorithmic problem.

  • I’ve never done Kick Start; what is it?Kick Start is an online coding competition that offers single rounds throughout the year in which you write code to solve algorithmic problems that have multiple layers of difficulty.
  • Who is eligible to compete in Kick Start?See Section 1 (Eligibility) of the Coding Competitions Terms for complete eligibility criteria.
  • How does Kick Start work?
    1. Create a Coding Competitions profile if you don’t have one already. Then, when registration for the contest opens up, sign up! You must have or create a profile before you’re able to register for a contest.
    2. Once the Round starts, a link on the homepage will direct you to the dashboard for that Round.
    3. On the Round Overview page, you’ll see the problems. They will be listed in approximate order of difficulty, so we recommend starting with the first one.
    4. Read the problem description:
      1. The statement describes the problem that you need to write code to solve.
      2. The Input and Limits sections describe the test sets, which are an ordered list of difficulty targets for your program to hit. These sections make guarantees about the sort of data your code will have to run on for each test set.
      3. The Output and Sample Cases sections clarify what your code has to do.
    5. Write a solution that you think can pass at least Test Set 1.
    6. If you’d like, you can test your solution on test cases of your choice.
    7. When you submit a solution, we will first run your code against the sample cases (for non-interactive problems). If it passes those, we will run the code against Test Set 1, and on the next test set if that passes, and so on.
    8. For Visible Verdict Test Sets, you will learn during the Round whether your code passed. You can submit as many times as you like, with minor penalties.
    9. Solve as many test sets for as many problems as you can before the Round ends. The more test sets you solve, the higher your score.
  • Will I receive a Kick Start certificate and when are they given out?As a Kick Start contestant, you will receive a certificate for each round in which you participate in as long as you make one competitive attempt. You will also receive a summary certificate for each round you participate in that will auto update if you participate in multiple rounds. Certificates will be available on your Coding Competitions profile and will appear sometime after the round ends. Please note that both the Coding Competitions Terms and Kick Start Rules must be met in order to receive a certificate. Please note that both the Coding Competitions Terms and KS Rules govern the issuance of any certificate.
  • Where can I submit feedback or other questions not answered here?If you have any questions not addressed in this FAQ or would like to submit feedback to the Kick Start team, please contact us at kickstart@google.com and we will do our best to respond within two (2) business days. For any questions that require an answer while a Round is active, we will respond as soon as possible.

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https://codingcompetitions.withgoogle.com/kickstart