Another year, another Google-sponsored competition meant to identify the world's best programmers. People can now sign up to participate in Google Code Jam 2010, which will offer winners more than $10,000 in prize money.
Here's a brief overview of the most important dates for anyone who's ready to dive in: registration began this afternoon. A 24-hour qualification round will take place on May 7th. Additional online rounds will take place May 22nd, May 23rd, June 5th, and June 12th, and then the onsite finals will fall on July 30th.
As for anyone who would appreciate some more details, well, a quick summary of what Google Code Jam about is visible in the screenshot below. Old Code Jam problems are available here. And as you might surmise (see the "Find job opportunities at Google" link), the competition also serves as a sort of recruitment program.
No one needs to sign over the rest of his or her life to Google in order to benefit from the contest, though. Indeed, the top 25 competitors will be flown to Dublin for the finals, which is nice. And they're guaranteed to receive at least $100 for showing up, with the individuals who place third, second, and first getting $1,000, $2,000, and $5,000, respectively.
Good luck to all of the participants.