Step 1 - Install the necessary Software
In order to compete you will need to have a few tools installed:
- TopCoder UML Tool.
- Microsoft Word or another Rich Text Editor
- Microsoft Word 2007 is not supported. MS Word 2003 is preferred.
Step 2 - View Documentation and Samples
Download and get familiar with the documents used in these contests. Please see the files in the attachments for this wiki page.
You can also read about competing from the member's view, here
Step 3 - Choose an Application to Compete On
On the Active Contests page you will see a list of Specification projects available. Click on a particular project and read the definition. In addition to reading the project definition, you should also read the contest inputs, if it is already posted. The link to the required submission documentation should exist in the project's Distribution forum.
It's a really good idea to keep an eye on the Upcoming Contests. From there you can view the wikis as they become available for the public contests, prior to launch. This will help you choose contests to suit your skills, and plan your work.
Step 4 - Register for the competition
Now that you have found a competition you would like to work on, you must register for the competition. On the competition definition page, there is a "Register" button. Click this to sign up for the contest.
Please note! Reliability and ratings are now computed for Specification contests! If you decide against submitting, be sure to request the PMs to un-register you from the contest before the Registration period ends. You can read more about reliability here.
Step 5 - Check out the Software Forum
Upon registering for the project, you will be granted access to the forum for that specific project. The forum link will be in a confirmation email you receive from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 6 - Download all Project Documents
Download all materials from the contest's Documents forum, and also from the contest's wiki (you can usually find everything you need on the Attachments tab of the contest wiki).
Step 7 - Complete the Requirements
To learn how to complete the requirements for Specification contests, click here.
Step 8 - Submit
Log into Online Review and submit your submission.
Step 9 - Support
If you win the contest, you will be required to provide forum support in the down-stream contests for this project. You will need to answer questions about your design, and address ideas raised by competitors. The project PM or Copilot will contact you with details when Final Fixes are complete.