Sun Microsystems, TopCoder Host SunNetwork $80k Coding Challenge at the SunNetwork Conference

8/14/2002 - Sun Microsystems and TopCoder opened registration for the upcoming SunNetworkSM Coding Challenge being held during the SunNetworkSM Conference and Pavilion at the San Francisco Moscone Center from September 18-20, 2002. The tournament, which has a total prize purse of $80,000, will be open to JavaTM coding conference attendees who register for the conference or at the TopCoder pavilion during the SunNetwork Conference.

This year marks the inaugural edition of the SunNetwork Conference and Pavilion, an event dedicated to showcasing Sun's end-to-end solutions that have revolutionized the internet, networking and computing industries. SunNetwork offers in-depth sessions on Sun system architecture, network and computing management, services development tools and techniques. SunNetwork will bring Sun's partners, customers and developers together to solve their technology and networking challenges.

"Many people think of software engineers as antisocial without a competitive bone in their bodies," said James Gosling, Vice President and Sun Fellow, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "But while we may be 'differently social', we are very competitive, especially about the activity at the core of our profession: coding. The folks at TopCoder have done a great job of formalizing the informal competitions that hackers have always engaged in, and I'm looking forward to the Java Coding Challenge at the SunNetwork Conference."

The Challenge will commence with a qualification round on September 18th, which will be open to everyone attending the SunNetwork Conference with the top 32 performers advancing to the next round of competition. Through elimination rounds, the field of 32 competitors will then be narrowed to an elite "Final Four," who will compete in the Championship round for the grand prize of $50,000. The second place winner will receive $15,000, the third place winner takes home $10,000 and the fourth place winner captures the final $5,000. The championship round will be held at 4:00 PM PDT on Thursday, September 19th at the Moscone Center. The grand prize winner will be awarded a check for $50,000 on Friday, September 20th at 9:00 AM PDT by James Gosling and Bill Joy prior to the closing keynote of the conference. Competition updates will be published on the Sun web site, throughout the tournament.

"TopCoder has taken a very technical discipline and made it into an exciting competitive event," said Mark Tolliver, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Strategy, Chief Strategy Officer, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "We at Sun are very pleased with the way developers across the US are taking an interest in the Challenge. The SunNetwork Coding Challenge provides an excellent platform for displaying individual programming talent, and is a great way to learn and build collaborative developer communities."

"TopCoder is pleased to be powering the SunNetwork Coding Challenge," said Rob Hughes, President and Chief Operating Officer, TopCoder, Inc. "TopCoder's competitions are a proven way for developers to hone their coding skills. Over the past six months, TopCoder's student and professional members have spent over 80,000 hours at TopCoder's web site improving their Java skills. The SunNetwork Coding Challenge is an opportunity for these developers to showcase their skills during competition."

About TopCoder (
TopCoder, Inc. builds opportunity and community for its members through online and onsite computer programming tournaments. With a global membership database, TopCoder members extend across all professional and collegiate levels. The attraction of competition and the associated rewards create a powerful community of programmers. Access to this community is granted to corporate partners who both promote and profit from the relationship.

About Sun Microsystems (
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision — "The Network Is The ComputerTM" — has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries. Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, SunNetwork and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks of Sun Microsystems in the United States and other countries.

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