APPLY: 2021 Google ‘Kick Start’ Global Coding Competition for Young Programmers

Description: Kick Start is a global online coding competition, consisting of three-hour rounds of a variety of algorithmic challenges designed by Google engineers. 

Participants can compete in one or all online rounds held throughout the year, and will have the opportunity to develop and grow their programming abilities while getting a glimpse into the technical skills needed for a career at Google (top participants may be invited to interview at Google).

Kick Start is an online coding competition that offers single rounds throughout the year. In each round, you write code to solve algorithmic problems that have multiple layers of difficulty. Each round starts fresh, so you can participate in one round, or all of them!

Competition Summary

  • Host: Google
  • Category: Competitions 
  • Eligible Countries: All Countries  
  • Reward: Prizes & Possible Employment offer or Scholarship
  • Deadline: March 31, 2020


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.

1.3 Ineligible Individuals.

  • (A) You cannot participate in a Contest and will be immediately disqualified and forfeit all of your prizes if you are or become:
    • (1) a resident of Quebec, Canada;
    • (2) a resident of, or ordinarily resident in, Crimea, Iran, or North Korea;
    • (3) otherwise prohibited by applicable export controls and sanctions programs;
    • (4) a resident anywhere that a Contest is prohibited by law;
    • (5) a current employee, intern, contractor, officer, or director of Google or Alphabet or their affiliates.
  • (B) If you gained information on a problem as a participant in a Google-managed program or by working as an employee, intern, contractor, director, officer, or other official office-holder of Google, you will be disqualified from a contest if you submit a submission for that problem. You may also be disqualified if Google learns you acquired information on a problem from any other person unless permitted by Contest Rules.
  • (C) You must be at least sixteen (16) years of age at the time you register for a Contest in order to participate in the Contest; however, to participate in a final round of Code Jam or Hash Code, you must be at least eighteen (18) years old or the age of majority in your country of residence (whichever is greater) at the time of your initial registration for Code Jam or Hash Code. Additional restrictions may be included in the Rules for a Contest.

Deadline: November 14, 2021

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