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TopCoder's Global Community Surpasses Half a Million Members

TopCoder's Global Community Surpasses Half a Million Members

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08/01/2013

 
TopCoder's Global Community SurpassesHalf a Million Members
Talent pool of world's best algorithmists, softwaredevelopers and creative artists growing strong
 
GLASTONBURY, Conn., July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TopCoder®,Inc.,the world's largest open innovation platform and competitivecommunity of digital creators, surpassed half a million communitymembers yesterday. Representing the world's best algorithmists,software developers and creative artists, the members compete andcollaborate to create valuable, real-world solutions on TopCoder's state- of-the-art platform.(Photo:http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130730/NY55543-INFO)(Logo:http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080820/NYW078LOGO)  Already welcoming over 50,000 new members this year, theTopCoder Community is on track to set record growth in 2013. The largest growthyear in TopCoder history was 2012 with 68,397 new members.
 
"I'm extremely happy to see the TopCoder Community reach the half million point," said TopCoder Founder Jack Hughes."But it's about so much more than the numbers. It's about the depth and breadth of whatthe community is able to do."Founded in 2001, TopCoder is designed to accelerate the developmentof new digital products and services for Fortune 1000 enterprises, smalland mid-sized businesses, and government agencies. Throughcrowdsourcing and open innovation,specialized competitions invitemulti-disciplinary community members to effectively and efficientlysolve clients' challenging problems, including application and mobiledevelopment, user experience, graphic design, and big data projects.Member expertise and capability canvasses the entire digital lifecycle,from ideation, to all phases of software development, and continuedthrough maintenance, updates and security of created assets.Hughes is constantly amazed by the sophisticated platform built by theTopCoder Community and the tools that enable member engagement.As the community grows, so does the talent pool and opportunity for innovation. "TopCoder attracts people who want to help each other andwork together in both a competitive and collaborative fashion," addedHughes. "They are willing to support one another even when there is nocommercial aspect, when it's simply a learning exercise. That's the mostgratifying aspect of TopCoder."TopCoder members reside in 239 countries, with the top three regions being Asia at 43 percent, North America at 26 percent and Europe at 13 percent. Since its founding, TopCoder has paid its members over $47.7million in prize money.
 
"TopCoder is the twist in my life," said TopCoder Member and CopilotJerrish Issac Varghese."I started as a novice coder in the communityand gradually learned how to participate in different competitionformats. Those experiences took me to new heights in my career. Thanksto TopCoder's wonderful platform, I can collaborate with talented peoplearound the globe and I'm really proud to be among the half millionmembers."As an accomplished software copilot, Varghese, who lives in India,works closely with TopCoder clients to ensure successful projectcompletion. He was instrumental in the creation of  NoNameSite.com,an online community of 13- to 18-year-olds that fosters computer scienceskills through educational gaming.Each year TopCoder showcases its most talented members during theTopCoder Open,a worldwide programming and design tournament thatoffers over $300,000 in cash prizes. TopCoder Open finalists willcompete in Washington, D.C., November 10
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About TopCoder, Inc.
TopCoder is the world's largest Open Innovation Community of digitalcreators with over half a million members representing algorithmists,software developers and creative artists from over 200 countries. TheTopCoder Open Innovation Community creates digital assets includinganalytics, software and creative designs and solutions for a wide-rangingclient base through a competitive, rigorous, standards basedmethodology.

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