They say new things are always cool! The new Topcoder website is rapidly evolving, looking totally different to what we’ve seen in the past years and focusing in improving the user experience. This was one of the most intense topics in our last sessions. Platform updates and programs to come look promising, digest the full details below!
STAFF UPDATE – WHAT’S NEW
1. Onboarding new members progress
Wireframes and content for onboarding new members are more polished after the first iteration in the past meeting. Jess took us through the hot topics to help new members how to use Topcoder, what Topcoder is about and quickly lead them to competition.
2. Introducing Competitive Programming
A new concept in the Topcoder slang was introduced, Competitive Programming. This will be a track for the SRMs only. This leads to rethink the Data Science type of challenges. Data Science will include challenges such as Marathon Matches, code challenges and some Idea Generation challenges.
2. Introducing Skills and Technologies in Profiles
Fillip and Anuj performed the live demonstration of the new Member Dashboard and Profile pages. There are interesting new features beyond a new look and feel: Skills and Technologies. This new feature will integrate member profiles with information about skills and technologies. This data could be added manually, although some of them will be automatically pulled from challenges stats and from external sources such as github, dribbble, behance, among others. It was overall something huge which required lot of time for debating some approaches. Staff was flooded of questions and feedback. As of today, we still keep discussing.
4. TCO16 Algorithm changes
Jessie introduced some changes to the TCO16 Algorithm competition. Most of these potential changes are still being discussed by the TCO staff team, however something that could be shared was the fact of adding more important to the regional qualification events, with more spots available during these events to increase the local participation.
5. Swiftoberfest is Here!
Will and Greg, staff working with the Topcoder iOS community, promoted the details of the Swiftoberfest program. By now, everyone should have heard of it (check your email!). It’s a program that engages the community to learn iOS based technologies through competition, earning badges for the topcoder iOS program at the same time and providing special prizes incentives and cash to leaderboard winners. Check the challenges with “swiftoberfest” tagline in challenges names, these are eligible for the program.
SESSION #12 THROUGH THE GLASS
We’ve put together a detailed breakdown of the whole meeting here in the respective CAB forum thread. Make sure to check these insightful notes to have very detailed information about what’s being discussed during these sessions.
As usual, we’ll be pleased to hear any ideas/thoughts you have about improving the community in any aspect. Free to read and write in the CAB dedicated forum. It’s for you!