Appirio has announced the relaunch of the TopCoder development and design community for crowdsourced development. The topcoder.com site serves the community's 600,000+ members and is intended to connect businesses with the world's top developers, designers, and data scientists.
Recent improvements to the platform include a new user interface, a new social log-in feature that allows members to access the site using Facebook, Google, or Twitter, and a new API on a replatformed cloud-based middle tier.
In 2014, members can expect a new HTML5 Arena, streamlined development challenges, more capabilities to test and measure technical skills, and broader categories of data science problems.
Since Appirio's acquisition of TopCoder in September 2013, the volume of work and challenges on the platform has increased by 20 percent.
"[This is] a major milestone for Appirio and topcoder, as we've officially merged CloudSpokes into a new and relaunched topcoder brand. We're proud that the unified community helped design and build the new site," said Narinder Singh, president of topcoder and chief strategy officer at Appirio.
"We will continue to expand what members can do with topcoder and will build out more customer facing technology capabilities. We'll also be making investments in programs that help improve the state of design, development, and data science."