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    Congratulations to our First2Finish Champion,

    About the First2Finish Competition


    The F2F Competition will run online from July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014 for competitors to accumulate points leading up to the Onsite Finals, being held at Pier 48 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California on November 16 – 19, 2014.

    The top three scorers from each period will win this fabulous trip to compete onsite for cash prizes and bragging rights!


    The Rules

    The 2014 Topcoder Open F2F Competition will take place online between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 (“F2F Competition”). The F2F Competitions will take place in four (4) online periods leading up to the onsite finals. Up to three (3) of the highest scoring Competitors in an online period will win a trip to compete at the TCO Finals in San Francisco, California. More details coming soon. Competitors are only eligible to win one trip in the F2F Competition of the 2014 TCO and if the Competitor has already won a trip the F2F Competition, the next highest scoring competitor will win the trip.

    The F2F Competition is part of the Tournament, and by participating in this F2F Competition, you agree to these rules.


    Competitors can register for the Tournament and be eligible to participate in the F2F Competition between 9:00 UTC -4 on July 1, 2013 and 9:00 UTC -4 on June 30, 2014. Competitors do not need to register separately for the F2F Competition or for any F2F Competition period. The online portion of the F2F Competition will take place between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, broken into four (4) periods (each a “Period” and collectively, the “F2F Competition Period”). Any submissions to F2F Competitions that are received after 9:00 UTC -4 on June 30, 2014 will not count towards the F2F Competition.

    During the F2F Competition Period, Competitors who have registered for the Tournament no later than June 30, 2014 and who participate in Tournament-eligible F2F competitions on the topcoder website, will receive points as outlined in the rules for each such competition. A Competitor’s submission will not be scored separately for the F2F Competition. Only Tournament-eligible F2F competitions in which registration has closed during the four (4) Periods shall be included in determining points for the F2F Competition. For the final Period, only Tournament-eligible F2F competitions which have started during the Period shall be included in determining points for the F2F Competition.

    First2Finish Online Competition Dates
    Period 1July 01, 2013 - September 30, 2013
    Period 2October 01, 2013 - December 31, 2013
    Period 3January 01, 2014 - March 31, 2014
    Period 4April 01, 2014 - June 30, 2014

    Competition Scoring

    Scoring in the F2F Competition and each Period is determined based on the amount of points earned in a Tournament-eligible F2F competition in accordance with the rules of each such competition. A F2F competition is Tournament-eligible if the competition is identified as being included as part of the Tournament. Only Competitors who are registered for the Tournament will earn points towards the F2F Competition. For the final Period, placement points for each Tournament-eligible F2F competition are equal to the first place prize of that competition.

    Upon the completion of all Tournament-eligible F2F competitions in a Period, the individual scores that a Competitor receives during that Period will be added for a cumulative score. Up to three (3) Competitors with the highest cumulative score during that Period greater than zero will advance to the Onsite Championship Round (“Onsite F2F Competitors”).

    In the event of a tie to determine which Competitor(s) placement in a Period, the tie will be resolved in the following manner:

    • The Competitor who competed in the most Tournament-eligible F2F competitions in the Period will advance.
    • If a tie remains, the Competitor who achieved the tied score first chronologically will advance.

    Onsite Championship Rounds

    First2Finish Onsite Competition Details
    Championship Round 1TBD
    Championship Round 2TBD
    Championship Round 3TBD

    Please note all competition rounds here include 30 minute set up time
    During each round of the Onsite Championship, Onsite F2F Competitors will be presented with series of problems and/or tasks for the Onsite F2F Competitor to perform, including bug fixes, enhancements, test case generation, etc. All Onsite F2F Competitors will compete on the same task, and the first Onsite F2F Competitor to successfully complete the task will win the points for that task.

    All Onsite F2F Competitors will then move on to compete on the next task. This process will continue until there are no more tasks, or the Round ends. A general description of the technology, complexity and application profile for each Championship Round will be posted on the topcoder website and/or distributed to the Onsite F2F Competitors prior to the Start of each Championship Round. Placement will be determined by adding the point totals of each Competitor upon conclusion of all of the Championship Rounds together and comparing them.

    In the event of a tie to determine which Competitor places higher during the Onsite Championship Rounds, the Onsite F2F Competitor who achieves their score during the Onsite Championship Rounds in the lowest cumulative time will be ranked higher. To determine the cumulative time, only the time elapsed in completing each task during a round in which the Onsite F2F Competitor won points will be considered.

    The Mod Competition will award up to twelve (12) trips to the 2014 TCO and up to $13,100 in cash prizes to the Onsite F2F Competitors in accordance with the following table:

    1st place finisher* in the Championship Rounds$15,000
    2nd place finisher* in the Championship Rounds $1,500
    3rd place finisher* in the Championship Rounds $500
    4th place finisher* in the Championship Rounds $300
    5th -12th place finisher* in the Championship Rounds $100 each
    Up to the first 50 Competitors with the highest amount of points (minimum of 10 placement points) Limited edition 2014 Topcoder Open t-shirt
    Top 3 finishers in Period 1 Trip to 2014 TCO
    Top 3 finishers in Period 2 Trip to 2014 TCO
    Top 3 finishers in Period 3 Trip to 2014 TCO
    Top 3 finishers in Period 4 Trip to 2014 TCO

    * Prize will be awarded after the conclusion of the Championship Round. The winner must be present at the onsite Awards Presentation to receive prize.

    Prior to Onsite F2F Competitors receiving their cash prize, they must complete all work for all underlying F2F competitions and Tournament and F2F Competition-related work.