Rules

The 2015 Topcoder Open Information Architecture Competition will take place online between August 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 (“IA Competition”). The IA Competition will consist of online qualifying Competitions, with up to twelve (12) of the highest scoring Contestants across all four (4) periods (each, a “Period” and collectively, the “Information Architecture Competition Period”) winning a trip to the onsite Tournament at Omni Severin Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA from November 8-10, 2015. The IA Competition will include the following tracks of competition: Wireframes and some new IA tracks TBD. Tracks included in the IA Competition can be added or removed at topcoder’s sole discretion. Contestants are only eligible to win one trip in the Information Architecture Competition of the onsite Tournament through the Information Architecture Competition and if the Contestant has already won a trip to the onsite Tournament, the next highest scoring Contestant may win a trip if that Contestant has greater than 0 placement points in that Round.

The Information Architecture Competition is part of the Tournament, and by participating in this Information Architecture Competition, you agree to these rules and the topcoder Terms of Use.

During the Information Architecture Competition Period, Contestants who have registered for the Tournament no later than June 30, 2015 and who participate in Tournament-eligible Information Architecture Competitions, will receive points as outlined in these Rules. A Contestant’s submission will not be scored separately for the Information Architecture Competition. Only Tournament-eligible Competitions in which registration has started during the (4) Periods shall be included in determining points for the Information Architecture Competition. For the final Period, only Tournament-eligible Competitions which have started and ended during the Period shall be included in determining points for the Information Architecture Competition.

Information Architecture Online Competition Dates
Period 1 August 01, 2014 - September 30, 2014
Period 2 October 01, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Period 3 January 01, 2015 - March 31, 2015
Period 4 April 01, 2015 - June 30, 2015


Scoring in the Information Architecture Competition and each Period is determined based on the final placement for a Contestant’s submission in a Tournament-eligible Information Architecture competition in accordance with the rules of such competition. A Competition is Tournament-eligible if the Competition is identified as being included as part of the Tournament . All Submissions will proceed through screening policies. Submissions that fail screening will not be eligible for placement points in the Information Architecture Competition. Only Contestants who are registered for the Tournament will be considered in determining place and placement points. Placement scoring is as follows:
Highest Scoring Registered Contestant 11 Points
Second Highest Scoring Registered Contestant 9 Points
Third Highest Scoring Registered Contestant 7 points
Fourth Highest Scoring Registered Contestant 4 Points
Fifth Highest Scoring Registered Contestant 1 Point

Upon the completion of all Tournament-eligible Information Architecture contests in a Period, all of the individual placement scores that a Contestant receives during that Period will be added for a cumulative placement score for the Period. Up to three (3) Contestants with the highest cumulative placement score during each Period will win a trip to the TCO Finals.

In the event of a tie, the tie will be resolved in the following manner:

  • The tied Contestant who has the most 1st place submissions in Tournament-eligible Information Architecture contests within the Period shall advance.
  • If a tie still remains, then the remaining tied Contestant who has the most 2nd place Submissions in Tournament-eligible Information Architecture contests within the Period shall advance.
  • If a tie still remains, then all remaining tied Contestants will advance.

Example:

Case Contestant #1 Contestant #2 Result
Period 1 12 10 Contestant #1 would advance.
Period 2 12 12 Check the number of 2nd place wins
Period 3 10 7 Contestant #1 would advance.
and so on…

Any and all applicable taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prizewinner.

Period 1 Online Winners Prize
Champion $2 500 and a trip to the onsite Tournament ("TCO15")
2nd place Trip to TCO15
3rd place Trip to TCO15

Period 2 Online Winners Prize
Champion $2 500 and a trip to the TCO15
2nd place Trip to TCO15
3rd place Trip to TCO15

Period 3 Online Winners Prize
3 Champion $2 500 and a trip to the TCO15
2nd place Trip to TCO15
3rd place Trip to TCO15

Period 4 Online Winners Prize
Champion $2 500 and a trip to the TCO15
2nd place Trip to TCO15
3rd place Trip to TCO15

* Prize will be awarded during the onsite Awards Presentation at the Tournament.