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Overview of the Tournament
No purchase necessary to enter or win. The tournament is void where prohibited.The 2005 TopCoder Collegiate Challenge ("TCCC") Component Design and Development Competition ("CDDC") will take place between January 4, 2005 and March 11, 2005. It will consist of two competitions - the design competition and the development competition. Each competition will consist of four (4) weeks of online competition and one (1) onsite final round, being the Championship round. The prize purse for this tournament is $90,000 in cash, with up to $56,900 being awarded for the design competition and up to $33,100 for the development competition. The four (4) competitors in each competition with the highest cumulative placement scores after the online rounds of competition will advance to the onsite Championship round, being held at the Santa Clara Marriott in Santa Clara, CA, USA on March 10 and 11, 2005.
Those members who are eligible to compete in both the Algorithm Competition of the TCCC and in the CDDC will be permitted to participate in both. However, if a member advances as a finalist in both the Algorithm Competition and the CDDC, then the member must choose which competition he/she will compete in as an onsite finalist. Members will be allowed to compete in both the design and development competitions of the CDDC. However, if one member participates in both the design and development competitions AND qualifies as one of the finalists in each, then the member will only be permitted to advance to the Championship round in one of the competitions. The following criteria will be used to determine which competition the member will advance to:
The placement points outlined are for both Level One and Level Two components.
Development Review Scorecard for the Development Contest or the criteria outlined in the Design Review Scorecard for the Design Contest. Note that the scorecards to be used for the CDDC are the ones that are in effect as of January 4, 2005. ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED ACCORDING TO THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE TO BE CONSIDERED A VIABLE ENTRY. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS. There will be no elimination of contestants during the online competition.
Up to the three (3) highest individual placement scores that each contestant receives for his/her submissions throughout the four (4) weeks of competition will be added together for a cumulative placement score. The four (4) competitors in each competition with the highest cumulative positive (i.e., greater than zero) placement score will advance to the onsite Championship round.
In the event of a tie of cumulative placement score among the advancers to the Championship round, the tie will be resolved in the following manner:
Contestant #1 submits three components in the design competition, earning the following component and placement scores:
Component #1 - score 88.45; placement 2; placement score 7
Component #2 - score 76.33; placement 3; placement score 5
Component #3 - score 82.89; placement 3; placement score 5
Cumulative placement score: 7 + 5 + 5 = 17
Contestant #2 submits two components in the design competition, earning the following component and placement scores:
Component #1 - score 92.56; placement 1; placement score 10
Component #2 - score 75.83; placement 2; placement score 7
Cumulative placement score: 10 + 7 = 17
To determine who advances to Championship round, look at the highest cumulative component score of the lesser number of components used to develop the cumulative placement score for the tied competitors.
Contestant #1: 88.45 + 82.89 = 171.34
Contestant #2: 92.56 + 75.83 = 168.39
Contestant #1 would advance to the Championship round.
Onsite Championship round
The four (4) advancers in each competition from the four (4) weeks of online competition will travel to the Santa Clara Marriott on Tuesday, March 8 or Wednesday, March 9, 2005 to compete in a final competitive stage of the tournament being held on Thursday, March 10, 2005. All contestants must arrive at the Santa Clara Marriott no later than 4:00 PM PST on Wednesday, March 9, 2005. If a contestant is unable to attend the onsite round, he/she will forfeit his/her eligibility to receive any prizes awarded to onsite finalists, and his/her spot in the tournament will be given to the competitor with the next highest cumulative placement score from the online competition. All CDDC finalists must confirm that they can travel to the onsite finals by February 21, 2005.
TopCoder will provide travel arrangements for each competitor up to a cost of $1,000 per person. (That is, if a contestant's airfare is greater than $1,000, the contestant will be responsible for the difference between the cost of the airfare and $1,000.) TopCoder will provide ground transportation to and from the airport, as well as accommodations and certain meals for each contestant. All other expenses are the responsibility of the contestant. TopCoder will not provide travel or lodging accommodations for competitor guests at the 2005 TCCC.
The Championship round will be a single round of four (4) members in each competition. Two winners will be crowned, one Design Champion and one Development Champion. Each champion will be the member who receives the highest score for his/her final submission in each competition.
Championship Tiebreaker: In the event of a tie in the Championship round, the tie will be resolved in the following manner (in order):
In order for onsite finalists to receive their onsite cash prize, they must first complete all TCCC-related work for all Online rounds and the Championship round, including final fixes.
Contestants must not cheat. All ideas for any code solution submitted, including but not limited to design ideas and source code, must be the contestant's alone.
All decisions relating to the viability of submissions, the ranking of submissions and all other matters pertaining to the tournament shall be within the sole discretion of TopCoder or its designee and shall be final and binding in all respects.
As a condition of participation in the tournament, all information provided by you in your TopCoder member profile must be comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date. TopCoder may require you to complete an additional registration form to register for the tournament. In order to be eligible to participate in the tournament, you must have completed any and all registration forms required by TopCoder.
As a condition of winning and redeeming a cash prize, finalists will be required to return by Monday, February 21, 2005 a completed (i) notarized Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and Publicity Release, (ii) competitor questionnaire (the questions and responses will be published in the 2005 TopCoder Collegiate Challenge Program), (iii) travel form, and (iv) IRS Form W-9, W-8BEN or W-8ECI, as appropriate, if one is not already on file with TopCoder. In completing the Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and Publicity Release, a winner (a) confirms his/her eligibility, (b) represents and warrants that he/she has not cheated; that the idea for the design and/or code submitted is his/hers alone, (c) verifies the accuracy of the demographic information submitted to, and contained in, the TopCoder member database, (d) authorizes TopCoder to publicize the tournament's results, (e) agrees to sign any applicable forms required by tax authorities, (f) assigns to TopCoder all rights to all information submitted during the tournament (including rights to designs, source code and other executables), and (g) releases TopCoder from liability arising out of any prize won. TopCoder requires contestants to complete the Form W-9, W-8BEN or W-8ECI for tax reporting purposes. If prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or if the winner fails to return the Affidavit, or the appropriate tax form, the winner will be disqualified and the prize money won by the disqualified winner will be forfeited. Providing false information in the registration process or in the required forms described in this paragraph will disqualify a winner.
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