QualityAssurance

What is QA?


One of the key drivers of Digital Transformation within large organizations is the mass consumerization of technology. In this brave new ‘connected’ world, organizations are forced to adopt new technologies to keep pace with digitalization.

Testing is also part of this transformation and plays a critical role in the organization’s business strategy. It bears a striking similarity to the ‘pit stop’ paradigm in Formula One racing. The modern pit stop is a fascinating choreography of technology execution and efficiency that separates the winners from the crowd. This is very similar to how we see Quality Engineering in the new world. The nirvana state of driving ‘Zero Cost of Quality’ which was the primary goal of Enterprise IT of yesteryear, has progressively transformed to drive ‘Quality at zero impedance’.

At Topcoder, we are constantly on the look-out for individuals who can run our ‘pit stops’. Here’s all you need to know about QA challenges/contests at Topcoder.

QA challenges on Topcoder are all identified with a technology tag of QA. These challenges can include:

  • Unstructured Testing: no test cases, find bugs through using the application like an end user.
  • Structured Testing: This type of QA challenge involves executing test cases and reporting the results.
  • Structured Test Case Writing: In these challenges you will be writing test cases for an application based on requirements documentation and/or a look at the application itself.
  • Automated Testing: This can involve writing automated test scripts for an application using tools such as Selenium.
We are always working to add new ways to perform QA with Topcoder – make sure to check the QA technology tag frequently.

Participate in QA Challenges to win a trip to the 2018 Topcoder Open!


During the online qualification round of the 2018 Topcoder Open (TCO), we will be awarding a TCO18 Finals trip to the top performer in the new QA track per Stage. Every QA challenge gives you an opportunity to earn TCO18 points!

During the final two TCO18 stages, a single member will be designated as the QA Online Stage Winner from both Stage 3 and 4 based on how many points they accumulated during QA challenges.

QA challenges that start within the Stage will be eligible. The winner from each Stage will win a trip to the TCO18 Finals!

Winners will be chosen based on the highest points earned from QA contests only. Points from other contest types will not count toward the tally.

To learn more about the QA trip winning opportunity for TCO18, click here.