Gennadiy Korotkevich Wins 2018 Topcoder Open Marathon

ITMO University PhD student Gennadiy Korotkevich took first place in this year’s Topcoder Open Marathon Competition, which was held in Texas (US) on November 13-16. During a ten-hour final round, he left behind 11 other participants. What is more, this year, Gennadiy Korotkevich and Boris Minaev, ITMO graduate and ACM ICPC-2015 champion, got to the finals in the Algorithm track.

Gennadiy Korotkevich. Credit: tco18.topcoder.com

Topcoder Open (TCO) is an annual programming competition organized by the TopCoder corporation and aimed at supporting the community of programmers and developers. Unlike the International Collegiate Programming Contest, TCO is an individual championship with a ranking system. The tournament consists of several online rounds and regional events aimed at attracting new members to the TopCoder community.

Originally launched in 2001, this year's Topcoder Open includes six types of competitions such as Algorithm, Development, First2Finish, UI Design, UI Prototype, and Marathon. The winners of online rounds in each track got the opportunity to take part in the final round that was held at the Southfork Ranch in Dallas, Texas.

TCO 2018. Credit: tco18.topcoder.com
TCO 2018. Credit: tco18.topcoder.com

Topcoder Open Marathon

The competition in this track kicked off on April 14 and consisted of four online rounds. What makes the Topcoder Open Marathon different from other tracks is that its participants solve optimization tasks. In every round, they are given one task, which even its author doesn’t know how to solve.

The task is to come up with a program that would find the most effective solution in a given time period. Every participant’s name and results are then put into a table, which all the participants have access to. Based on this table, the final decision is made.

Credit: tco18.topcoder.com
Credit: tco18.topcoder.com

A total of 12 participants were allowed to go to the USA to take part in the competition’s finals, which lasted for ten hours. ITMO University PhD student Gennadiy Korotkevich took first prize.

Credit: tco18.topcoder.com
Credit: tco18.topcoder.com

Besides, this year, Gennadiy Korotkevich and ITMO graduate and ACM ICPC-2015 champion Boris Minaev got to the finals in the Algorithm track, in which Gennadiy Korotkevich took third place.

The list of all 2018 Topcoder Open Competition’s winners is available here.

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