2013 Topcoder Open – competition-driven innovation

November 14, 2013 Appirio

Nokia_Nokia_8310_gThere have been 13 annual Topcoder Open events, coincidentally coordinated with the years since the turn of the century. When the first Topcoder Open happened in 2001, George Bush was just starting his presidency, Gladiator won 5 Oscar awards, Facebook was still years away from launch, and cell phones looked like this:

Thirteen years is a long time to build a following around an event centered on showcasing and rewarding the brilliance of the smartest minds on the planet. The team at Topcoder are experts at this, and it shows in every single aspect of what they do. From the multiple competition tracks featuring data, development, and design expertise, to the customer roundtables and innovation summit showcasing how teams of experts can push the innovation needle faster than any single person can alone, the TCO revolves around one theme: competition-driven innovation.

It’s hard to capture the energy and vibe in words so we’d like you to hear directly from the TCO13 sponsors, competitors, and our own CTO on what makes this such a special event:

1) TCO13 Sponsors, including Facebook, Google, IBM, and Yelp:

2) Featured community members who competed at this year’s TCO, and why they do:

3) Appirio CTO, Glenn Weinstein, on how the community’s expertise drives innovation:

TCO is a mind-blowing community experience – watching the smartest people on the planet compete at what they do best is incredibly inspiring and humbling at the same time. We had an exceptional experience at our first Topcoder Open, and cannot wait for next year. We hope you’ll plan on joining us.

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