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HPE Living Progress Challenge Finals – Crowdsourcing in Action
Outside the Brooklyn Navy Yard our team from Topcoder stood, unsure what we’d see and experience once we got inside. The iconic Manhattan skyline dominated the view just over the East River. This naval yard was first constructed all the way back in 1801, just 18 years after the end of the Revolutionary War. Now, 217 years later organizations from around the globe would gather to showcase their
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HPE’s Living Progress Challenge: Accelerating Social Good Applications through Crowdsourcing – INFOGRAPHIC
Many talk about innovation. Many discuss the importance of doing social good. Many wax poetic on the advantages of using crowdsourcing to gain new perspectives and to do big things. Most stop right there. Perhaps that’s why we’ve all heard the phrase, “Talk is cheap.” Then there are those that push beyond. Those that realize that the way things have always ‘gotten done’ may not be the
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December Fun Hackathon Winners and Submissions
On December 1st, 2015 Episode 3 of the Fun Hackathon Challenge was launched. The mission this time was to create an app using the giflayer API and Youtube API. We had received eight submissions who all came to the table with their creativity. It had turned out that the free access to the giflayer API only allowed 10 calls to be made a month, but when they heard about these hackathons that we
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Spring into Bluemix July Leaders
The July leaderboards for Spring into Bluemix have been finalized for both designers and developers. Our Bluemix design challenges are in full swing while development ones are just kicking into gear. Make sure you keep an eye on upcoming design and development challenges for the series. A lot of great stuff coming in September! Developers Designers
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IBM Watson Bluemix Sweepstakes Winners
Last month we ran five weekly sweepstakes challenges to get you hacking with IBM’s Watson services on IBM Bluemix. The challenge included signing up for IBM Bluemix, cloning a repo that uses the Visual Recognition service and making a slight change to use a specific photo. Here’s a demo of what the application looked like. To make the challenge fair, random and fun we tweeted out a
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“Feed the Piggy Bank” Results – iOS with #Swift
Last week we wrapped up our Feed the Piggy Bank Swift challenge and I wanted to share the winning results with you. As one of our "fun" Swift challenges, I wanted a fun, interactive way to manage my kids' allowance. We had three winners, vlad_D, misko.sz and zakhej, but vlad_D really stole the show with his extra bells and whistles. I showed it to my kids and they loved it! I
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How I Love Thee. Let me Count the Ways… in Binary
The results of our second Valentine's Day poety challenge were just as good as the first. Our Love Poetry in Code challenge had 21 submissions with some really interesting concepts! First place: ForceLogic ForceLogic actually wrote a node.js application that generated his poetry for him. How cheeky! New nerd... Having a lot of fun... ## PLAY ALL THE VIDEOGAMES! ## ##
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Coders Have Feelings Too!
We kicked off a couple of poetry challenges on Valentine's Day because we are huge fans of spoken word poetry here at topcoder! Our Love Poetry challenge had 26 submissions and we selected the top 5 winners along with some interesting "honorable mentions" below. The following prose is breathtaking so feel free to print out this page as a keepsake. It is suitable for framing. First
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Node.js QR Code Image Generator with S3 Winners!
@timhicks24 - Tim Hicks Last Thursday we launched a pretty cool little challenge, running in to the long weekend. The ask was to build a Node.js module that accepts a string, generates a QR code as an image file, uploads that image to Amazon S3 and in then returns the URL. This all needed to be also be deployed on Heroku as well. We knew there were tools out there that did each of those pieces
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Simple Task Queues for #nodeJS
Recently, for the first time on the Wear Test project, we ran across something that needed to be done on a scheduled basis. Simple batch operations: loop over a set of records, apply some logic, send some daily emails to the users, and bob’s your uncle. We knew that the basic Heroku scheduler was sufficient for just kicking a process off every day at a specified time. But, the Heroku scheduler
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