||Hello all. We are excited to announce that TopCoder is now part of Appirio!
The TopCoder and Appirio teams wanted to explain what we think the combination will mean here:
By combining TopCoder’s global capacity and design capability with Appirio’s leadership in helping over 500 enterprises reimagine their business with cloud, social and mobile technology, it is an industry shaping event. With TopCoder + CloudSpokes (Appirio’s cloud focused crowd community) customers now have access to nearly 600,000 of the world’s best developers, designers and data analytics experts. Together, the communities bring a sophisticated technology platform to enable crowdsourcing as a core part of the next generation of services.
Appirio, CloudSpokes, and the TopCoder team are absolutely committed to a newly intensified effort to provide all software, studio design, algorithm, and analytics members with more frequent high-quality opportunities to engage, compete, and learn in all of our tracks of competitions. We could tell you: “Don’t worry, this won’t change anything for you”… but what we think instead is: “Guess what? Everything about TopCoder is about to get better!”.
CloudSpokes from its inception has been committed to a high quality community experience. An experience where it is obvious to its members that a strong focus has been placed on not just the quality of the experience, but the overall integrity of the competitions and process. CloudSpokes understands the importance of making the community the most important consideration – always. In this very important way CloudSpokes and TopCoder are a perfect complement to one another. This is why all of us are so excited about contributing to this new chapter in the TopCoder history book.
What does this mean for you? The acquisition will provide members of both developer communities with dramatically more opportunities to earn money while showcasing your respective skills and capabilities. As a part of celebrating this event, we will add an additional track at the TopCoder Open for cloud development, as well as some more soon to be announced surprises for the TCO! In even more exciting news we are doubling Digital Run prizes for October!
For the past 12 years, we’ve watched this community grow to over half a million members, we’ve seen some amazing things from you, and now we are looking forward to paving an even better future for all of you. Dave Messinger, a long time part of the TopCoder community, will become the Chief Community Officer. He will join me in the forums and online to answer questions and discuss the future of our community.
Please view a message from Jack Hughes jhughes and CloudSpokes rep, Dave Messinger mess here: Video
We look forward to starting a new chapter here at TopCoder; with more resources, more opportunities, and more friends for us all. Thank you again for all you do.