11,000 of you competed in the first round of Google Code Jam 2008, and on Friday morning the top 100 went head-to-head in Mountain View to vie for the top spot. After 3 hours of grueling competition and a problem set
that could make your head spin, we had a winner
: ACRush of China, jumping into first place with 6 minutes, 40 seconds to go. Innovative.Cat of China came in second, finishing the same set of problems with 5 minutes, 44 seconds left. And a mere 2 points behind them, the difference between two larges, was bmerry of South Africa; he burned through most of the problem set with 1/3 of the contest to go, but couldn't quite finish it off. Everyone solved our easiest problem, and six people solved the hardest one (which was six more than I expected!)
Congratulations to all of Friday's contestants, and to everyone who competed in GCJ 2008!