Google India Code Jam 2006, a coding contest for developers, had more than 14,000 participants.

Google revealed the winners on Friday. It's the second year that Google has organised this contest in India. The contest can help to identify top programmers who could be hired for the company's research and development organisation.

The contest was open to programmers from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, and Bangladesh.

Last year, Google India Code Jam also had about 14,000 participants. Both last year and this year the top prize went to Ardian Kristanto Poernomo from Nanyang Technology University in Singapore.

India's 650,000-strong developer community is the target of multinational technology companies that use contests either to identify good coders or to build developer support around its products.

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced a Security Shootout aimed at promoting secure code writing among Indian developers. The contest will test developers' skills writing secure code by pitting them against the best in the country, the company said.