TopCoder Open Innovation via Community and Atomization

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Quick 3 slide deck showcasing the TopCoder Community, how we atomize work into specific contests and 7 reasons why we do so. For more visit www.TopCoder.com

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TopCoder Open Innovation via Community and Atomization

  1. 1. WHO IS TOPCODER?North America AsiaCentral America, EuropeSouth America,and Caribbean Africa Oceania Community - Competition - The Platform 400,000+ Members!
  2. 2. HOW TOPCODER ATOMIZES PROJECT INTO THEIR COMPONENTS Development Assembly TestingMore than 30+ Bug Races Specialized contest types Architecture Concepts Design Wireframes Storyboards Prototype Marathon Matches Single-Round Match
  3. 3. WHY ATOMIZATION IS THE KEY IN OPEN INNOVATION By breaking large projects into smaller components, TopCoder reduces the “lift” any individual is being asked to do. When contributors in an Open Innovation community can self-select the aspects they wish to work on, the outputs that emerge are far better!!! Via Atomization of complex projects and hosting smaller competitions for all phases of a build, we receive multiple solutions at every single-phase, best in breed wins of course, but the project doesn’t break down due to lack of solutions at specific phases the project doesn’t break down due to lack of solutions at specific phases. Often, aspects of a project contain intellectual property that can’t be shared with an Open community. The process of atomization helps protect IP in two ways. First, atomization can make it near impossible to correctly guess how the “pieces” are meant to work with another. Secondly, a client can simply choose to keep a certain portion of a project out of the “open” limelight, but still get the other work done via competitions. Different phases of a project build can often be launched and produced in parallel – this can greatly shrink the overall time to completion for projects. When you know which hyperspecialists are registering, for what aspects of a build, you gain tremendous visibility and can greatly predict the likelihood of the outcome of any given aspect of an overall project. Where moonshot grand challenges must put up huge prizes, EOI allows you to greatly lower overall costs. Smaller, market based prizes for what are smaller aspects of an overall project are offered and paid out, which means your costs go down.

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