How it works?

Register and submit for any TCO eligible challenge. Win first place for that challenge and earn the prize money. You also would win a certain number of TCO points for earning first place.

Each competition for a certain time frame would enable you more opportunities to earn TCO points. At the end of the TCO stage, your total points could be high enough to earn you a trip to the onsite TCO finals in the USA or additional prize money.

The TCO takes place online with points accumulation for Development and Design Tracks and online elimination-style rounds for the Data Science and Algorithm tracks. After all the competitions online are completed, the top performers from each track win prizes and trips to the USA TCO Finals to compete, network, and meet other members and admin.

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TCO now has smaller regional events around the world. The goal of these regional events is to bring the TCO to more Topcoder members.

Regional TCO events are one or two day events including some form of competition with prizes (for example, a hackathon), food and drink, networking opportunities, and fun.


TCO Onsite Finals in the USA

The TCO Onsite Finals in the USA brings great honor and excitement to those who qualify to attend. TCO Finalists enjoy being treated like VIPs and deserve all the recognition they get.

As a TCO Finalist, you get an all-expense paid trip to the USA event, the opportunity to compete live, and become a Topcoder champion. Each year the TCO Finals are held in the USA.

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TCO Competitions

The Topcoder Open encompasses most of the competition tracks offered at Topcoder.

For the 2019 Topcoder Open, points are currently available for the following competition tracks: Development, First2Finish, Quality Assurance (QA), and UI Design.

For the 2019 Topcoder Open, the following Data Science competition tracks are planned: Algorithm and Marathon.


If you want to compete in the TCO, all you need to do is compete on a TCO eligible contest and you’ll be automatically registered for the tournament.

For the Data Science competitions, check the TCO19 schedule for Marathon and Algorithm.

Please note that you must be a Topcoder member as well as meet all of the eligibility requirements posted in the TCO Rules.


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As a Topcoder Open competitor, you’re eligible for cash prizes and non cash prizes such as trips to the Onsite Finals and t-shirts!

Cash Prizes Distribution
Cash prizes are paid out within 60 days after the Onsite Finals event. All cash prize winners will still need to follow the usual Topcoder payment policies and procedures.

Non-Cash Prizes Distribution
Participatory prizes and non-cash prizes (such as t-shirts) will be mailed within one month following the conclusion of the Onsite Finals. Please allow 6-12 weeks for delivery.


Finalists who win trips to the Onsite Finals in the USA are notified by Topcoder. Topcoder admins will handle the coordination and payment of the following:

  • Airfare to and from the event.

  • Ground transportation to and from the event and airport.

  • Hotel accommodations.

  • Most meals during the event.

Finalists who require a visa to enter the USA can request a Visa invitation letter from Topcoder to assist them with their Visa appointment.

Upon notification of winning a trip, finalists will be given all the relevant information needed to request a Visa letter and details about the trip.

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