Four Duke Students Head to TopCoder Semifinals

February 20, 2002

TopCoder, Inc.[1], a company committed to identifying and promoting top-notch computer programming talent through competition, is hosting its 2nd Annual TopCoder Collegiate Challenge. Sponsored by Sun Microsystems, the challenge invites thousands of TopCoder members to qualify for the coveted 512 tournament spots in order to strive for national ranking, notoriety and the $150,000 prize purse, of which $100,000 will be awarded to the tournament champion.

Elimination Rounds will reduce 512 to 16 for the Finals. The elite 16 will compete in the final two rounds, April 19-20, 2002, at the University Park Hotel at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. The winner will receive $100,000 of the $150,000 prize purse.

Scoring in TopCoder competitions is based on two factors: intensity, or the ability to use a particular coding language well under the pressure of peer-to-peer competition; and velocity, the ability to write good code quickly and accurately. Scores are calculated using TopCoder's objective assessment model designed to fairly and accurately gauge a contestant's performance.

Four Duke computer science students, David Arthur, Andrew Chatham, Kevin Lacker and Joe Winegarden, have qualified for the Regional Semifinals. The semifinals will take place on March 6th at 8:00pm. Best of luck to the Duke students!