Facebook Hacker Cup announced

Prizes to be won for the best hacks

Facebook Hacker Cup Anonymous and 4Chan need not apply

Facebook has announced the arrival of the Facebook 2011 Hacker Cup, which calls on those with a hacking brain to come and try and improve the website for cold, hard cash.

The Hacker Cup is a worldwide contest that begins in January and is focused on bringing the next big product to Facebook.

According to the social-networking site, the 2011 Facebook Hacker Cup is "the first annual Facebook programming contest where hackers compete against each other for fame, fortune, glory and a shot at the coveted Hacker Cup."

Algorithm of the night

If you look beyond the hyperbole, the reality sounds a little like a school test. But if successfully solving algorithmic-based problem statements sounds like your bag, then there's prize money at stake.

Registration opens 20 December, with a qualification round beginning 7 January.

If you are successful, then the top 25 hackers will get flown to Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California, with a chance of winning $5,000.

Facebook isn't the only one trying to enlist legit hackers. This week Reevoo takes part in a hack week.

This involves dozen or more devs locked in a room for a week, in a bid to create something that is world changing.

They're calling it a 'band camp for geeks'. We've all seen American Pie, so we know what that entails, then.

If they can put the flutes down for a minute, then there may well be a website created - www.justbuythisone.com and http://spacelog.org/ both came from these type of meetups.

For more information on the Facebook Hacker Cup, go to Facebook.com/hackercup. For information on hacking shenanigans, head to devfort.com.