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Google Announces Winner of the 2006 Google India Code Jam

Ardian Kristanto Poernomo Codes His Way to Rs.122,000 Grand Prize

BANGALORE – April 7, 2006 – Google Inc. today announced Ardian Kristanto Poernomo from Nanyang Technology University in Singapore as the grand prize winner of the 2006 Google India Code Jam, Google’s second annual computer programming competition in India. Ardian competed against thousands of registrants from around the world to bring home the Rs.122,000 grand prize. Ardian was also the winner of the Google India Code Jam 2005.

“We are honored to host some of the most talented computer programmers in the world for this competition,” said Alan Eustace, vice president, Engineering and Research, Google Inc. "Google engineers loves solving technical problems, and we are pleased to celebrate the fields of engineering and computer science through the Google India Code Jam."

The second through fifth place winners all received a Rs.56,000 prize; they were Abishek Kumarasubramanian, Shreevatsa Rajagopalan, Phuong Ngoc Nguyen and Prima Chairunnanda. Cash prizes were awarded to all of the top 50 finalists who came from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Singapore. Finalists were flown in to compete in the championship round of the coding competition held this year in Bangalore.

This is the second year of the Google India Code Jam, produced in conjunction with TopCoder, the leader in online programming competition, skills assessment and competitive software development. The Google Code Jam is a celebration of the art of computer science, and signals to programmers everywhere the value Google places on excellent coding.

The competition, which began March 20, 2006 attracted more than 14000 participants from India and South East Asia. All entrants participated in an initial qualification round with 500 progressing to the second round. The top 50 scorers from round two were brought to Bangalore for the finals. Programming in the competition can be done in Java, C++, C# or VB.NET languages.

More information about Google Code Jam 2006 can be found at http://www.google.com/indiacodejam.

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