We’re excited to announce a new incentive program for algorithm problem writers, both new and old! This program will run for the rest of stage 2 of TCO18 as well as stages 3 and 4. You can earn points writing problems for the algorithm competitions. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to TCO18 in the USA!

Algorithm Problem Writer Incentive Program Stages Dates
Stage 2 November 17, 2017 – January 31, 2018
Stage 3 February 1, 2018 – April 30, 2018
Stage 4 May 1, 2018 – July 31, 2018

You can submit your problems and earn points during any stage of TCO. All problems must be submitted correctly via the process explained here by midnight (12:00 am) Eastern time on the final day of the stage in order to be counted. All submitted problems will be reviewed by Topcoder. You will be notified if your submitted problem is accepted or rejected for possible use in a future competition. Only accepted problems will earn points. Problem acceptance and assigned point value is at the sole discretion of Topcoder. Actual future problem usage may not reflect initial acceptance and point assignment.

The member who earns the most points per stage wins the trip. In the event of a tie the submission times of each member’s last accepted problem will be compared, and the member with the earlier submission time will win.

To be eligible, you need to be a Topcoder member and you need an algorithm rating of 1500 or higher. Standard TCO eligibility also applies. You may only win a single trip and that trip is non-transferrable. So if you have the highest point total for more than one stage, the trip will go to the next in line.

Point Allocation:

Easy Medium Hard
SRM Div 2 2 3 5
SRM Div 1 5 10 20

How to Submit:

Please visit this page for more information on how to submit your problems through our system. It’s important to note that you will be communicating via email with a Topcoder admin in addition to using the system to submit. Please be sure to communicate in a timely manner so you can earn your points! Good luck!


Rank Handle Div1-Easy Div1-Medium Div1-Hard Div2-Easy Div2-Medium Div2-Hard Total Points
1 lg5293 2 7 5 2 2 2 200
2 Errichto 2 2 2 1 1 2 85
3 subscriber 1 1 1 1 1 1 45
4 tourist 1 1 1 1 1 1 45


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