The 2017 Topcoder Open (the “Tournament” or “TCO17”) will be held from September 1, 2016 until the onsite finals, which will be held in Oct 21 - 24, 2017.
The online portion of the Tournament will begin on September 1, 2016 and end on July 31, 2017.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN, A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
The online portion of the TCO17 will consist of four stages and will start on August 10, 2015 and will go as follows:
|Stage 1||September 1 – November 30, 2016|
|Stage 2||December 1 – February 28, 2017|
|Stage 3||March 1 – May 31, 2017|
|Stage 4||June 1 – July 31, 2017|
Topcoder reserves the right to add or remove competition tracks as needed. Competition periods and prizes may be changed at any time at Topcoder’s sole discretion.
The requirements for a Submission will vary depending on the Competition, so please refer to the specific area of these Rules for each Competition before submitting.
Topcoder reserves the right at any time to disqualify a Submission from a Competition where, acting in good faith, it believes there are reasonable grounds to warrant disqualification, for example, if Topcoder determines that the Submission does not provide the functionality described or required, or the Submission appears to be purposely designed to circumvent these Rules or the spirit of the Tournament and/or Competition.
Contestants must not cheat; all ideas for Submissions must be solely the Contestant’s. Unless otherwise set forth in these Rules, Contestants may not collaborate on a Submission.
IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE, YOU WARRANT THAT YOUR SUBMISSION FOR EACH COMPETITION:
By participating in the Tournament and/or a Competition, a Contestant who wins a prize releases and agrees to hold harmless Topcoder, its affiliates, subsidiaries, sponsors, advertising and promotion agencies, 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 the Tournament and/or Competition, or participation in any Tournament and/or Competition-related activity, or the receipt, use or misuse of a prize.
Topcoder reserves the right to limit the participation of any person in the Tournament and/or any Competition, amend or interpret these Rules or official communications governing the Tournament, a Period and each Competition or cancel the Tournament, a Period or any Competition for any reason with prior notice. Notices for any such amendment, interpretation or cancellation will be deemed to have been given by posting on the Topcoder website and by virtue of a Contestant’s continued participation in the Tournament, a Period and/or Competition. A Contestant may terminate participation in the Tournament, a Period and each Competition upon written notice to Topcoder.
Nothing in these Rules shall be construed as granting you any right or license under any intellectual property right of Topcoder or any Tournament or Competition sponsor(s) (including any rights they may have in any patents, copyrights, trademarks, service marks or any trade secrets) or in Topcoder‘s web site, by implication, high estoppel or otherwise, except as may be expressly set forth herein.
During each Period up to three (3) Contestants with the highest cumulative placement score in Tournament-eligible Development Competitions for that Period will be invited to attend the onsite Tournament.
All Contestants who have advanced or won a trip to the one of the onsite portions of the Tournament (“Onsite Contestants”) must arrive at the event no later than a date to be determined by Topcoder.
All Onsite Contestants must confirm their attendance at the onsite event no later than a date to be determined. In order to confirm attendance, Onsite Contestants must have acquired any necessary travel visas and confirm their ability to travel to the United States no later than a date to be determined by Topcoder. If an Onsite Contestant is required to travel from outside the United States, the Onsite Contestant must show proof of a visa and/or passport by a date to be determined. Onsite Contestants may email a copy of their documents to Jessie D’Amato Ford. Onsite Contestants who fail to meet this requirement may be replaced as an Onsite Contestant.
Contestants who are otherwise eligible to compete in any or all of the Competitions will be permitted to participate in the online portions of any/all of them. However, in the event a Contestant advances to the onsite finals in more than one Competition and any of the times for the onsite rounds of the Competitions overlap, the Onsite Contestant may participate in either, but not both, Competitions. The Onsite Contestant must notify Topcoder of the Competition in which she/he will participate as an Onsite Contestant no later than a date to be determined.
Topcoder will issue visa invitation letters (upon request) to international Contestants who require one to obtain a travel visa to enter the United States. All registered TCO17 Contestants may request a visa invitation letter. Contestants must fill out the visa letter request form in its entirety before a visa letter will be mailed. Visas can take a significant amount of time to obtain in certain countries, so it is in a Contestant’s best interests to request one well before the deadline. The cost of obtaining a visa is the sole responsibility of the Contestant.
The Tournament involves a large number of visa applications by Topcoder members. By applying for a visa to attend the Tournament, you understand that Topcoder will cooperate with all requests by consulates, the Department of Homeland Security, and law enforcement in connection with such Contestant’s visa, including information about the visa applicants’ attendance at the Tournament. Any abuse of the visa application process or any visa obtained for the Tournament is considered a serious violation of US law and these Rules, and, among other things, the Contestant will be subject to discipline by Topcoder.
Topcoder will provide air travel arrangements for each Onsite Contestant. The flight will be reserved and paid for by Topcoder. Onsite Contestants will arrive on a date to be determined by Topcoder and depart the day after the final day of the tournament. At Topcoder‘s sole discretion, Topcoder will pay for each Onsite Contestant’s airfare up to $1,500, but reserves the right to make exceptions to the maximum amount based on individual circumstances. If an Onsite Contestant wishes to take a flight other than the one provided by Topcoder and/or wishes to stay at a hotel other than the one provided by Topcoder, the Onsite Contestant shall be responsible for the entire cost of such deviation from the accommodations and travel arrangements provided by Topcoder.
In addition, the Onsite Contestant agrees to reimburse Topcoder for any costs, penalties, fines or fees incurred by Topcoder as a result of such deviation.
Ground transportation to and from the airport will be provided for each Onsite Contestant by Topcoder, as well as private hotel accommodations and certain meals. All other expenses are the responsibility of the Onsite Contestant. Topcoder will not provide travel, lodging accommodations, or visa assistance for any guests of an Onsite Contestant.
If an Onsite Contestant is eliminated or chooses not to utilize the travel accommodations provide by Topcoder for any reason after he/she is confirmed as a finalist and travel accommodations have already been made for the Onsite Contestant by Topcoder for the onsite finals, that Onsite Contestant may be held responsible for reimbursing Topcoder for the cost of such accommodations. Topcoder reserves the right to withhold any future cash prizes won by the Onsite Contestant until the cost of such accommodations has been fully reimbursed.
Onsite Contestant Checklist
Onsite Contestants must complete the following items and submit them to Topcoder by a date to be determined by Topcoder (failure to submit these items will disqualify an Onsite Contestant from advancing to the onsite event):
By registering and/or participating in the Tournament or a Competition the Contestant agrees to release Topcoder and any Competition sponsor(s), and its affiliates and agents, and the officers, employees, affiliates, advertising and promotions agencies, prize suppliers, and all of their employees, officers, directors, shareholder’s and agents (collectively, the “Releasees”) from any and all liability or any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the Tournament or a Competition, the use of any Submission, or the acceptance or use of any prize won, except where prohibited by law.
Releasees assume no responsibility for incomplete, misdirected, damaged or illegible entries nor for any delayed Submissions or those not received for whatever reason, including without limitation due to internet or e-mail server failure, telephone, human, or other higherror or for any technical or other malfunctions that may occur including any injury or damage to Contestant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in the Tournament or a Competition or downloading any materials during or for the Tournament or a Competition.
Documents, graphics and other materials appearing at Topcoder‘s website(s) may include technical inaccuracies, typographical higherrors, and out-of-date information and use of such documents, graphics or other materials is at Contestant’s own risk.
By entering or participating in the Tournament, a Period or a Competition, the Contestant acknowledges that Topcoder and any Competition sponsor will collect, process and use the personal data provided by the Contestant in connection with and for the purpose of administering of the Tournament and a Competition, including disclosure of names and other information to third parties (e.g., hotels, travel agencies, consulates, etc…).
If for any reason the Tournament, a Period or a Competition is not capable of running as planned due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, uploads of malicious files or viruses, or any other causes beyond the control of Topcoder which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Tournament, a Period or a Competition, Topcoder reserves the right at its sole discretion, to disqualify any entry or any individual who tampers with the entry or judging process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Tournament, a Period or a Competition and select winners using all eligible, non-suspect Submissions received as of the date of termination. Releasees assume no responsibility for any higherror, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, Submissions.
CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE TOURNAMENT OR A COMPETITION IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, TOPCODER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
Topcoder may assign, novate or subcontract any or all of its rights and obligations under these Rules at any time. The Tournament and each Competition is brought to you by Topcoder, Inc., an Appirio Company, 760 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94102.
If you have any questions regarding these Rules, contact us at email@example.com.
All trademarks, tradenames, and/or tradestyles used in the Tournament and a Competition are the sole property of the respective owners of such trademarks, tradenames, and/or tradestyles and are used herein solely for identification purposes.