Austin, Texas

Join Topcoder and our sponsor, Booz Allen Hamilton, at the Capital Factory for the first-ever TCO17 Regional Event in Austin!
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About the TCO17 Austin Event

The TCO17 Austin Regional Event, sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, will take place on April 29, 2017 at the Capital Factory.


Capital Factory

701 Brazos Street

Austin, Texas 78701


Be sure to check out the Capital Factory website with more information on location and parking.

Event Details

The event will include a Single Round Match (SRM) style Algorithm Competition that could lead you to the TCO17 Finals and $500 in prizes!

SRM Prizes:

First place: $250
Second place: $150
Third place: $100

Plus we’re hosting a Pre-Crash Cassini Marathon Match! More details below. We will also have some awesome space swag for people who have registered for the Pre-Crash Cassini Marathon Match.

The event will also allow you to mingle with other Topcoder members in your area, meet some cool sponsors, and get you a Topcoder t-shirt! See the entire schedule below.


12:30 p.m. Registration, Check In, and T-shirt pickup
1:30 p.m. Official Welcome
2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Algorithm Competition
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Booz Allen Hamilton Content
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Topcoder Content
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Winner Announcements & Reception 

* Schedule is subject to change. A final schedule will be made available the week prior to the event.

Online Qualification Rounds

Online Qualification Rounds Time Max # of Competitors Max # of Advancers
Round 1A Saturday April 1 at 12:00 All members who have not previously advanced – limited to the first 2,500 Competitors who register in the Arena 750
Round 1B Saturday April 8 at 12:00 All members who have not previously advanced – limited to the first 2,500 Competitors who register in the Arena 750
Round 1C Saturday May 6 at 12:00 All members who have not previously advanced – limited to the first 2,500 Competitors who register in the Arena 750

*Times listed in UTC -4.

Online Rounds 2 and 3

Online Round 2 Time Max # of Participants Max # of Advancers
Round 2A Saturday May 20 at 12:00 Up to 2,500 40
Round 2B Saturday July 8 at 12:00 Up to 2,500 40
Round 2C Saturday July 22 at 12:00 Up to 2,500 40
Round 3A Saturday August 5 at 12:00 Up to 120 5
Round 3B Saturday August 19 2017 at 12:00 Up to 120 5
Wildcard Sunday September 10 2017 at 12:00 Up to 60 2

*Times listed in UTC -4.

Pre-Crash Cassini Challenge

11412_thumbs_in_saturns_shadowSince 2004, the Cassini Spacecraft has been beaming images of Saturn’s rings back to scientists on Earth.  Over the past two years, Topcoder has run data science and code challenges to develop valuable new approaches for analyzing disturbances in the Rings.

To encourage citizen science to help analyze the enormous store of Cassini spacecraft data captured over the years, the algorithms were posted to Github.

To help boost attention on the toolset and on the opportunity to contribute to the world’s store of science on Saturn, Topcoder is pleased to announce we are re-opening our NASA Tournament Lab Cassini Rings Challenge!  In addition to encouraging Earthlings to join the research, the goal of this challenge is to improve the performance of the ring detection algorithms – specifically to reduce false positives.  The highest performers will stand to win exclusive mission jerseys and recognition.  And if the best solutions help move research forward and result in published work, author of the solution will be recognized as a co-author on the published work.

The Challenge will launch at the Regional TCO in Austin Texas on Saturday April 29, 2017.  The problem statement and data will be made available prior to the event, on Wednesday April 26. There will be cash prizes and some awesome space swag for winners. More details coming soon!

The Challenge will remain open until Cassini crashes into Saturn…. in September.  

Frequently Asked Questions

The event will have an Algorithm Competition or single round match (SRM). Learn more about Topcoder Algorithm Competitions here.

You can bring your laptop for the competition and any power cords you may need.

Becoming a Topcoder member is easy and free. Best to register as a member before attending the event so you can take part in the competitions. Go here to register.

The SRM will have $500 worth of cash prizes! Plus every attendee gets a rad t-shirt.

If you’re an up and coming programmer or want to become a professional software developer, being a part of the Topcoder community has immense value. Attending this event gives you networking opportunities for a potential job or internship. Did you know some of the top tech companies, like Booz Allen Hamilton, encourage their applicants to get a Topcoder rating or at least share their rating during job interviews. Plus you’ll have access to the largest worldwide developer and design community and all there is to learn from them.

That is fine, but only one person per ticket is allowed.



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