The very first annual Facebook Hacker Cup, which was held back in 2011, was actually won by a competitive programmer working for Google.
Meet Petr Mitrichev – probably one of the most accomplished competitive programmers out there. He’s only 30 years old, and yet, he has tons and tons of medals. Oh, and he’s also working for Google.
He became interested in computing when he was only a 10 year old kid. One of his school teachers realized how good he was at math and computing, so she offered him to attend an Olympiad for computer science. Over the course of the following years Petr’s interest in computers, puzzles and math grew even more. Back in 2000 Mitrichev won his very first gold medal in competitive programing. After that point he started acing almost every single contest, which he had entered.
In 2011 Facebook decided to hold a worldwide championship in a desperate attempt to find the next super savvy future employee. The company was trying to draw all the available programmers before Google got the chance to spot them. Facebook called the competition the “Facebook Hacker Cup” and welcomed more than 11,000 programmers from all around the world. They had to go through three rounds stacked with algorithmic codes. Petr came first followed by two runner-ups from Vietnam and China. He also came first in the 2013 Facebook Hacker Cup.
The company standing behind the social networking website, however, couldn’t manage to use the programmer for anything else but the competition. It turned out he was already working for Google and he even showed up at the two annual Hacker Cups wearing his Google badge!
The 30 year old Mitrichev is currently working on Google’s sole search engine. He became first in Google’s version of the Facebook Hacker Cup – Google Code Jam – back in 2006.