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The Last CAB Ride – CAB Session #13 Recap

By talesforce In Uncategorized

Posted November 20th, 2015

Sounds like a sad movie title but it is not. It’s the last meeting of this specific group of the Topcoder community members. After one year (and a few months) since the program started,we’ve completed an interesting journey and experience with the goal of helping the community being heard, by improving our beloved platform through ideas. The program has now ended for this year, meaning that new a nomination process will be taken over soon.

Our last meeting was focused basically in the future of Topcoder, what’s coming next in several areas, feedback about how to improve the communications in CAB, the program accomplishments and others.


1. CAB performance overview

Jess gladly gathered information about the CAB program accomplishments, which was exposed in the meeting, showing the most remarkable highlights of this program for one year, such as the onboarding members program, bringing back member of the month, fun challenges program, software reviewers optimization, website cohesiveness importance, and much other things that completed a great experience. We also had early access to changes and features before they went live, such as the TCO15 changes, Digital Run removal, new website pages, and so on.

2. What’s next for Design

Adam let us know about a very interesting classification of challenges coming soon, which are defined by scope and duration (medium, large, etc), depending on the amount of screens required, estimated time, effort. Working as a reference to set better parameters and expectations to clients according to what they pay for. Also, the implementation of rapid UX challenges, similar to the concept performed in the live graphic design finals in Indonesia.

3. What’s next for Development

Review board improvements is the key vision for Mike, who is planning to filter down reviewers with very specific parameters, such as who can actually be part of the review board, what will be the new/refreshed requirements, how to perform once a reviewer is approved, etc.

4. What’s next for Data Science

For a start, it’s official now the new track, competitive programming. Jen threw several hints of what’s coming next for these tracks. As usual, try to run more SRM and Marathon matches. Integrate more data science challenges in the Idea Generation track and first to finish. Guest blogging is going to be potentiated, as well as partnering up with universities for getting education articles industry related, topic writing where data science concepts are involved.

5. What’s next for the platform overall

One of the evident items is the website, there is still a lot of work remaining to do, to fully complete the transition of the new site, this will be part of the everyday tasks of the platform improvements plan. There will be a new copilot platform, more stable and faster, it will allow to run challenges much easier.


A detailed breakdown of the whole meeting will be available 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!