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Component Competition Official Rules and Regulations

Eligibility  |   Placement Scoring   |   Schedule  |   Scoring and Advancing  |   Prizes  |   Conditions of Participation

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Overview of the Tournament

The 2007 TopCoder Open ("TCO") Component Design and Development Competition ("CDDC") will take place between February 19, 2007 and June 29, 2007. It will consist of two competitions - the design competition and the development competition. Each competition will consist of five (5) weeks of online qualifying competitions, three (3) weeks of online Championship rounds and one (1) onsite Championship round. The prize purse for this tournament is $100,000 in cash, with $60,000 being awarded for the design competition and $40,000 for the development competition. The eight (8) 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 Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on June 26 - 29, 2007.

Eligibility

TopCoder members meeting the following eligibility criteria are eligible to compete in the CDDC:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age as of March 15, 2007; AND
  • If not a US resident, must be living in, and participating from, your country of residence; AND
  • Must currently be eligible for participation in TopCoder Component projects (i.e. not suspended from TopCoder).

TopCoder members who are 18 years of age or older as of March 15, 2007 are eligible to win cash prizes, unless otherwise prohibited. The TopCoder Open is void in the Quebec province of Canada, and elsewhere where prohibited by applicable law. Cash prizes will not be paid to residents of Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria.

Employees of TopCoder, Inc. and of all official tournament sponsors, regardless of commitment date as sponsor, including any companies involved in the production (including prize suppliers), implementation and distribution of this tournament and their advertising or promotion agencies, parent companies, service providers, agents, officers, subsidiaries or affiliates, or any other persons or entities directly associated with the tournament and members of their immediate families (parent, child, sibling, and spouse of each) and/or persons living in the same household as such persons, are ineligible to enter the tournament. If a competitor's employer signs on as an official sponsor of the tournament after February 19, 2007, then that competitor will be removed from further participation in the tournament. TopCoder members who are performing internships for any official tournament sponsor between February 19 and June 29, 2007 are also ineligible to compete.

Those members who are eligible to compete in any of the four tournament competitions will be permitted to participate in any/all of them online. However, in the event a member becomes a finalist in more than one competition and the onsite competition times overlap, the member will be forced to choose only one competition to participate in as a finalist by May 11, 2007. Members are allowed to compete in the online portions of both design and development competitions of the TCO. However, if a member participates in both the online 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 only one of the competitions. The following criteria will be used to determine to which competition the member will advance:

  1. The member will advance to the competition in which he/she achieved a higher cumulative score.
  2. If the member's cumulative placement score is the same for both competitions, then the member will choose the competition in which he/she will compete.

Placement Scoring

Scoring in the CDDC is determined based on the placement for each submission. Placement is determined based on the score awarded for a particular component. For example, if 3 submissions were received for a component and the scores were 93, 89, and 71, the member receiving the score of 93 would be in 1st place and would receive 10 points. Note that only those registered for the tournament are considered when determining place and placement points. In order to receive placement points, a submission must pass the minimum component score of 75. Placement scoring is as follows:

1st Place - 10 Points
2nd Place - 7 Points
3rd Place - 5 points
4th Place - 4 Points
5th Place (and lower) - 0 Points

The placement points outlined are for both Level One and Level Two components.

Penalty points All final fixes will be completed according to the component schedule. If a competitor misses final fixes for a component, they will be docked one (1) placement point per day they are late with final fixes. The component manager will have final say on all penalties and deadlines.

Schedule

Both the design and development competitions will have five (5) weeks of online competition and one (1) onsite Championship round. Each contestant participating in an online round must submit his/her design and/or development submission for components by the submission deadline as scheduled. TopCoder members from around the world may be participating in the online rounds, but all start times, registration deadlines and submission deadlines will be communicated as Eastern Time, so contestants in different time zones must adjust accordingly.

Qualification Rounds
Round All Projects Posted* Registration Period Submission Deadline*
Week 1 of Online Qualification Round March 15, 2007 9:00AM 72 Hours March 22, 2007 9:00AM
Week 2 of Online Qualification Round March 22, 2007 9:00AM 72 Hours March 29, 2007 9:00AM
Week 3 of Online Qualification Round March 29, 2007 9:00AM 72 Hours April 5, 2007 9:00AM
Week 4 of Online Qualification Round April 5, 2007 9:00AM 72 Hours April 12, 2007 9:00AM
Week 5 of Online Qualification Round April 12, 2007 9:00AM 72 Hours April 19, 2007 9:00AM
*All times are noted in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC/GMT -4). Click here for your time zone.


Championship Rounds
Round All Projects Posted* Registration Period Submission Deadline*
Championship Round (online portion component 1) May 10, 2007 9:00AM 72 Hours May 17, 2007 9:00AM
Championship Round (online portion component 2) May 24, 2007 9:00AM 72 Hours May 31, 2007 9:00AM
Championship Round (online portion component 3) June 7, 2007 9:00AM 72 Hours June 14, 2007 9:00AM
Championship Round (onsite portion) N/A N/A N/A
*All times are noted in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC/GMT -4). Click here for your time zone.


Scoring and Advancing

During each week of competition, eligible competitors can submit design and development solutions for at least one eligible component by the submission deadline. Submissions will be scored by the TopCoder Review Boards and will be subject to final review and appeal in the same manner as standard component design and development submissions. Scoring of each submission by the TopCoder Review Boards is based on the criteria outlined in the 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 March 15, 2007. 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 four (4) highest individual placement scores that each contestant receives for his/her submissions throughout the five (5) weeks of competition will be added together for a cumulative placement score. Up to eight (8) 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:

  1. Highest cumulative component score of the lesser number of components used to develop the cumulative placement score for the tied competitors.
  2. If a tie still remains, then the highest individual component score of the lesser number of components used to develop the cumulative placement score for the tied competitors.
  3. If a tie still remains, then all tied contestants will advance to the online Championship round.
  4. Components where the competitor earned 0 points will not be counted towards tiebreaker scores.

Example:
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 Semifinal and Championship Rounds

Important Information

Travel Confirmation
Up to eight (8) advancers in each competition from the five (5) weeks of online competition will travel to the Mirage on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 to compete in the final competitive stage of the tournament being held on Wednesday, June 27 - Friday, June 29, 2007. All contestants must arrive at the Mirage no later than 4:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, June 26, 2007.

All contestants must confirm their attendance at the onsite rounds no later than 5:00 PM EDT (UTC/GMT -4) on Friday, May 4, 2007. That is, contestants must have acquired any necessary travel visas and know for certain that they can travel to the U.S. by that date and time. In order for a finalist to confirm attendance for the onsite finals, it is necessary to show proof of visa and/or passport by the deadline (5:00 PM EDT (UTC/GMT -4) on Friday, May 4, 2007) if the finalist is required to travel from outside the United States. Finalists may do this by emailing a copy of their documents to Jessie D'Amato Ford at jford@topcoder.com. Competitors who fail to meet this requirement by the deadline will not be able to attend the onsite finals and will be replaced as an onsite finalist.

Visa Assistance
TopCoder will issue visa invitation letters at the request of international competitors who require one to obtain a travel visa to enter the United States. All competitors that pass screening on at least one component, will receive a request form to fill out if they require a letter. As soon as a competitor fills out the form in its entirety, their letter will be shipped out by FedEx International Priority mail. Competitors have until 5:00 PM EDT (GMT/UTC -4) on Friday, Monday, April 23, 2007 to request a letter. Visas can take a significant amount of time to obtain in certain countries; therefore, for those competitors who need a letter, it is in their best interest to request one well before the deadline. The cost of obtaining a visa is the sole responsibility of the competitor. If you fail to request a visa invitation letter by the date above, TopCoder will not assist you in the process of obtaining a travel visa. See more information about travel visas.

Travel Details
TopCoder will provide air travel arrangements for each competitor. The flight reserved by and paid for by TopCoder is for arrival on June 26, 2007 and departure on June 30, 2007 (or July 1, 2007 if the cost is significantly less to fly out a day later). TopCoder will pay for each competitor's airfare up to $1,500, however we will do what we believe is reasonable given each individual circumstance (e.g., if the most reasonably convenient ticket itinerary is a little more than $1,500, TopCoder will pay for the entire cost). Extended flights and/or hotel room nights requested by a competitor that result in additional costs will be the responsibility of the competitor and will be deducted from the competitor's total TCO prize money won.

TopCoder will also provide ground transportation to and from the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, as well as hotel accommodations and 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 2007 TCO.

Online portion of Championship Round:

Each finalist will compete on the same set of components online. Three (3) component competitions will be open to only the finalists. Finalists that do not submit for a project will receive the minimum possible score for that project. The component competition will be run according to the standard TopCoder component competition rules, and will have a component prize independent from the TCO. However the appeals phase for each component will be done onsite, so none of the competitors will know the score of any component prior to the onsite round. Component winners will be required to complete their final fixes after the conclusion of the TCO.

Onsite portion of Championship Round:

Each competitor will be given one hundred (100) points to spread across all three finals component. The competition for each round will begin with each competitor choosing the points to allocate to their component. Each competitor may risk a maximum of sixty (60) points and minimum of ten (10) points on an individual component. The number of points awarded is the floor of the points wagered divided by the placement standing. For instance see the table below:

Placement Points Wagered Points Awarded
1 40 40
2 40 20
3 40 13
4 40 10
5 40 8
6 40 6
7 40 5
8 40 5

The order of components used in the competition will be determined by TopCoder and each component to be reviewed will be revealed to the competitor at the start of the round. All final round components will have been pre-reviewed prior to coming on site. The competitor will have one (1) hour to appeal their scorecard. After one hour all appeals must be completed.

As the appeals are occurring, the review board will be actively answering the filed appeals. The scores will be adjusted real time to the audience and competitors. After the appeals phase has ended, the review board will respond to the unanswered appeals by the start of the next round when the round winners are announced. The winners are determined by who has the highest score for their component for that round. The points assigned to each component will not be revealed until the winner's presentation at the end of the competition. Each competitor will not know how many points were wagered by the other competitors.

The winner of the entire competition will be determined by who has the most points from the championship round.

Championship Tiebreaker: In the event of a tie in the Championship Round, the tie will be resolved in the following manner (in order):

  1. The highest cumulative component score of the components used to during the final round.
  2. If a tie still remains, then by highest cumulative component score of the lesser number of components used to develop the cumulative placement score during the online qualification rounds for the tied competitors.
  3. If a tie still remains, then the prize money will be distributed equally among the tied members.

About the Prizes

All contestants who submit components that pass screening during at least one week of online competition will receive a prize. The tournament will award $100,000 in cash prizes, with $60,000 being awarded for the design competition and $40,000 for the development competition. Any and all applicable taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prizewinner. Additionally each component winner will be paid the normal component prize money.

Prizes
Competitor(s) Design Prize Development Prize
1st place finisher* in the Championship Round $25,000 $15,000
2nd place finisher* in the Championship Round $15,000 $9,000
3rd place finisher* in the Championship Round $8,000 $7,000
4th place finisher* in the Championship Round $4,000 $3,000
5th place finisher* in the Championship Round $2,000 $1,500
6th place finisher* in the Championship Round $2,000 $1,500
7th place finisher* in the Championship Round $2,000 $1,500
8th place finisher* in the Championship Round $2,000 $1,500
Online participants who pass screening for at least one component Limited edition 2007
TopCoder Open t-shirt
Limited edition 2007
TopCoder Open t-shirt
* Prize will be awarded after the conclusion of the Championship Round. Winner must be present at the onsite round to receive prize.

In order for onsite finalists to receive their onsite cash prize, they must first complete all TCO-related work for all online rounds and the Championship Round, including final fixes.

Conditions of Participation

By participating in the tournament, you agree to be bound by these rules and to all decisions of TopCoder, which are final, binding and conclusive in all matters. Also, by participating in this tournament, you consent to providing certain information to the title sponsor. Such information shall include the information contained in your TopCoder member profile, as well as your competition statistics.

Contestants must not cheat. All ideas for code and/or challenge submitted must be the contestant's alone. TopCoder uses the word "cheat" to mean collaboration of any sort - including, but not limited to, working with another competitor, submitting code that was not fully authored by you, and using resources, software, etc. that are not allowed in TopCoder competitions. TopCoder reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to remove any competitor from the tournament whom it suspects has cheated.

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.

Contestants who advance to the onsite Championship Round must complete the following items and submit them to TopCoder by 5:00 PM EDT on Friday, May 4, 2007:

  • Confirmation of attendance/proof of travel documents – Please email Jessie D'Amato Ford to confirm your attendance onsite. If you require a passport and/or visa to visit the United States, you must show proof of your documents via a scanned copy of the necessary documents.
  • Please submit a photo, if we do not have one on file for you.
  • Please ensure your most up-to-date information is listed in your TopCoder profile in the event we need to mail your plane tickets or contact you via telephone.
  • Competitor Questionnaire - the questions and responses may be published in the 2007 TopCoder Open program
  • Travel form - provides TopCoder with the appropriate travel information for your trip to the onsite tournament rounds
  • Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and Publicity Release
    • TopCoder must receive the original copy of a notarized affidavit unless a notarized affidavit is already on file with TopCoder. The document must be postmarked by May 11, 2007, and must be sent in such a manner that it will arrive at TopCoder no later than June 3, 2007.
    • If TopCoder already has a notarized affidavit and a tax form on file for a contestant, that contestant may affirm the affidavit online.
  • Applicable tax form (unless one is already on file with TopCoder)

Failure to submit the above items on time will result in a forfeiture of advancement as an onsite finalist. In that case, the competitor with the next highest cumulative placement points will advance.

All prizes (cash prizes and participatory prizes) will be sent within 60 days of the Championship Round. Unclaimed or undeliverable prizes will be forfeited. Competitors who do not submit the required information listed above by the applicable deadlines will forfeit their prizes.

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, certain contestants will be required to submit a completed (i) Competitor Questionnaire, (ii) Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and Publicity Release, (iii) IRS Form W-9 or W-8BEN, as appropriate if one is not already on file with TopCoder, and (iv) Travel Form. In completing the Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and Publicity Release, a cash prize winner (a) confirms his/her eligibility, (b) represents and warrants that he/she has not cheated; that the idea for the code and/or challenge 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) licenses to TopCoder rights to all information submitted during the tournament (including rights to 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 or W-8BEN for tax reporting purposes. If prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or if the cash prize winner fails to return the Questionnaire, Affidavit, W-9 or W-8BEN, or travel form, as specified, the cash prize winner will be disqualified and the prize money won by the disqualified cash prize winner will be forfeited. Providing false information in the registration process or in the required forms described in this paragraph will disqualify a cash prize winner.

By participating in a tournament and redeeming a prize, a winner releases and agrees to hold harmless TopCoder, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, sponsors, and prize suppliers, and all of their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents, from and against any and all liability for any loss, property damage or damage to person, including without limitation, death and injury, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from or arising out of participation in this tournament, or participation in any tournament-related activity, or the receipt, use or misuse of a prize. TopCoder specifically disclaims all liability associated with, and makes no warranties with regard to, any prize given.

In addition, all prizewinners agree to cooperate with TopCoder's publicity efforts, without further compensation. This includes the agreement to use their name, handle, address (city and state) and likeness for publicity purposes, where legal, for this or similar future tournaments, and to use the statements made by, or attributed to, the winners relating to TopCoder and any and all rights to said use, without further compensation. Furthermore, all prizewinners agree to promptly notify TopCoder if a third-party, including tournament sponsors, contacts the prizewinner regarding employment opportunities and/or media interest as a result of the prizewinner's participation in the tournament.

TopCoder reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to revoke any and all privileges associated with competing in this tournament, and to take any other action it deems appropriate, for no reason or any reason whatsoever, including if TopCoder suspects competitors of cheating, tampering with the entry process, the operation of the Web site, or the tournament process, or otherwise being in violation of the rules. TopCoder reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the tournament if it is not capable of completion as planned for any reason, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort.

Other

The tournament is void in whole or in part where prohibited by law.

A list of tournament winners by coder handles will be available on the web site at http://www.topcoder.com/tc, and will be displayed for at least 3 months after the end of the tournament.

This tournament is brought to you by TopCoder, Inc. (http://www.topcoder.com/) 703 Hebron Avenue (now 95 Glastonbury Blvd), Glastonbury, CT 06033. AOL LLC is not responsible for any aspect of the Tournament.

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