ISS Longeron Challenge > ISS Longeron Challenge
Official Rules & Regulations
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN, A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
About the Competition
Entering the Competition
When to start the Competition Round
Clicking the Test Examples button will immediately compile and place your submission on a queue for automated testing of just the example test cases. Detailed feedback will be made available when the tests are complete, including processing time, score, and any output from the program. Competitors may submit test examples once every 15 minutes. The competitors rank and overall score will not be updated.
TopCoder requires assignment of winning submissions in this competition. As a condition of winning and redeeming a cash prize, Competitors will be required to submit, among other things, a completed TopCoder Competition Assignment Agreement, if one is not already on file with TopCoder, AND a document explaining how their solution works. If a Competitor solved the task offline, then the entire process used to find the submitted answers will need to be documented. That should include all code, scripts, data used in this process. The document must be submitted within 7 days after the challenge results are published. Questions sent by email from TopCoder requesting clarification to this document must be answered within 3 days. If the document or a response to a clarification request is not received, TopCoder reserves the right to disqualify the submission.
There is a total $30,000 USD cash prize purse for this contest, 100 T-shirts, 5 stickers that have flown in space and 5 letters of recommendation. $25,000 USD is allocated for the final prizes and $5,000 are allocated for checkpoint prizes. The contestants with the 10 highest non-zero final scores will be awarded the following prizes.
One week after the start of the challenge the first set of checkpoint prizes will be selected. The contestants with the top 4 highest provisional scores (on the leader board) at that time will receive the prizes listed below. Then two weeks after the start of the contest, the second set of checkpoint prizes will be selected for the contestants with the 4 highest provisional scores at that time. See below for the exact date and time for the selection of the checkpoint winners.
Each of the contestants with one of the top 100 final non-zero scores will win a NTL ISS Longeron T-Shirt.
There will also be final bonus prizes for the top 5 final finishers. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place final winners will receive stickers from NASA which have actually orbited the Earth. These stickers were flown on Space Shuttle Endeavour, on mission STS-134, May 16, 2011. TopCoder will also provide a letter of reference for each of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place final winners describing their performance in the contest. These could be used to aid your job search, for applying for entry into a school or even for your astronaut application.
If there are ties for any of the non-cash prizes, the tie will be broken by selecting the earliest submissions. In the event of a tie for a cash prize, the associated prize money will be divided evenly between the tied contestants.
Before the contest, this problem was extensively tested by an experienced marathon competitor (but for a shorter time period than the actual contest). The tester's pre-contest solution will be submitted at the start of the challenge (using the handle "mm_tester") and will not be modified throughout the contest. This will make the tester's provisional score visible throughout the match. The tester will be eligible for the final prizes based on his initial submission, but not the tester is eligible for the checkpoint prizes. The tester's identity will not be revealed until the challenge is over.
Conditions of Participation
Competitors agree, represent and certify that no portion of any money awarded in connection with this Competition has been or will be paid, by or on behalf of Competitor, to any person for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of any agency, a Member of the United States Congress, an officer or employee of the United States Congress, or an employee of a Member of the United States Congress in connection with the awarding of any Federal contract, the making of any Federal grant, the making of any Federal loan, the entering into of any cooperative agreement, and the extension, continuation, renewal, amendment, or modification of any Federal contract, grant, loan or cooperative agreement.
Competitors must be registered members of TopCoder, and also register for this Competition. By participating in this Competition, you agree to be bound by these Rules and to all decisions of TopCoder, which are final, binding and conclusive in all matters. As a condition of participating in this Competition and by submitting a Submission, each Competitor agrees to permit TopCoder to describe, publicize, and link to your entry (as applicable). Competitors must not cheat; all ideas for Submissions must be solely the Competitor's. Unless otherwise explicitly permitted, Competitors may not collaborate on a Submission or in relation to this Competition in any way. Unless otherwise explicitly permitted, Competitors may not copy or include code from any third party, including "open source" code or other code that is or may be subject to license terms or restrictions.
IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE, YOU WARRANT THAT (UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN THE PROBLEM STATEMENT) YOUR SUBMISSION FOR THIS COMPETITION:
By participating in this competition, Competitor warrants that no impediment exists to Competitor's participating in this Competition and that participating in this Competition will not interfere with your performance of, or breach, any other agreement or obligations with any third party, including but not limited to, an employer, if any.
The winner of the competition will be the competitor that scores the most points across all competitors who participate. All decisions relating to the viability of submissions, the ranking of submissions and all other matters pertaining to the competition shall be within the sole discretion of TopCoder or its designee and shall be final and binding in all respects.
By participating in a Marathon Match, a winner releases and agrees to hold harmless TopCoder, its affiliates, subsidiaries, sponsors, advertising and promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and all of their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents, from and against any and all liability for any loss, property damage or damage to person, including without limitation, death and injury, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from or arising out of participation in this competition, or participation in any competition-related activity, or the receipt, use or misuse of a prize.
TopCoder, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of the Web site, the competition process, or is otherwise in violation of the rules. TopCoder reserves the right at any time to disqualify a Submission from a Competition where, acting in good faith, it believes there are reasonable grounds to warrant disqualification. For example, TopCoder's determination that the Submission does not provide the functionality described or required, or the Submission appears to be purposely designed to circumvent these Rules or the spirit of the Competition would be grounds for disqualification. TopCoder reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the competition if it is not capable of completion as planned for any reason, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort.
TopCoder does require assignment of winning submissions in this competition. As a condition of winning and redeeming a cash prize, Competitors will be required to submit, among other things, a completed TopCoder Competition Assignment Agreement, if one is not already on file with TopCoder, AND a document explaining how their solution works. If a Competitor solved the task offline, then the entire process used to find the submitted answers will need to be documented. That should include all code, scripts, data used in this process. The document must be submitted within 7 days after the challenge results are published. Questions sent by email from TopCoder requesting clarification to this document must be answered within 3 days. If the document or a response to a clarification request is not received, TopCoder reserves the right to disqualify the submission.
This Competition is open to all members of the TopCoder website, who have agreed to the terms thereof, and who are at least
18 years of age. Competitors must be:
A Competitor is not eligible for this Competition if he/she is a resident of the Quebec province of Canada, Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Sudan or Syria. In addition a Competitor is not eligible for this Competition if the Competitor is on the Specially Designated National list promulgated and amended, from time to time, by the United States Department of the Treasury.
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Severability and Enforceability
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