Technology‎ > ‎

Canadian Programmer Wins Design Competition at 2010 TopCoder Open in Las Vegas

posted 15 Oct 2010, 03:43 by Mpelembe   [ updated 15 Oct 2010, 03:45 ]

LAS VEGASOct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- TopCoder®, Inc., the leader in online programming competition, skills assessment and competitive software development platforms, today announced that Michael Paweska of Toronto, Canada, is the Design Competition Champion of the 2010 TopCoder Open (TCO), the world's foremost competitive computer programming and creative design tournament.  

Know by his TopCoder Community handle 'argolite', Paweska faced top rated programmers from Ukraine,IndonesiaItalyRomaniaIndia China, and the Russian Federation, and earned $20,000 first prize for his win in a design competition that required greater time than previous championship design competitions.

"This year's TCO format was very favorable to the way I operate – this was a true marathon of a design competition," said Paweska. "The really cool thing is to see all the new talent here. It bodes well for the kind of quality competitions we can expect in the future."

Michael Paweska is one of the most successful TopCoder members of all time having earned nearly $1 million in winnings during his eight years of TopCoder participation. Paweska's brother Piotr Paweska akaAleaActEst, of Canada, was also a finalist in the competition.

The event took place October 11th -14th at the MGM Mirage in Las Vegas as 82 top performers from around the world competed across multiple tracks for a share of $150,000 in prizes. More details are available at

The 2010 TopCoder Open was supported in part by sponsors YandexFacebook and PayPal as well as patron NSA.

TopCoder offers a comprehensive array of outcome-based software competitions 24 x 7 in which real world business solutions are built on time and on budget.  For creative work, TopCoder Studio provides a competitive arena for creative skills such as graphic arts and digital design.

About TopCoder, Inc.

TopCoder is the world's largest competitive software development community with more than 265,000 developers representing over 200 countries. TopCoder hosts the largest and most comprehensive developer ratings and performance metrics available. The TopCoder community builds software for a wide-ranging client base through a competitive, rigorous, standards based methodology. For more information about sponsoring TopCoder events and utilizing TopCoder's software services and platforms,

TopCoder is a registered trademark of TopCoder, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Jim McKeown

TopCoder, Inc.


[email protected]

SOURCE TopCoder, Inc.