Topcoder members who register for the megahack will attempt to build a MVP (Minimum Viable Product) application.

The objective of the Megahack is simple, the development of a search portal that allows users to perform a search against pending EPA laws and regulations based on search criteria that aren’t available today, and see if and how it is related to Clean Air Act enforcement as well as show linkages from the laws or regulations to programs that might be related.


The megahack will take place online between 11/18/16 and 11/20/16, with the winners announced on 11/21/16 at the 2016 Topcoder Open. Participation in the Megahack contests are open to any eligible Topcoder member, and attendance at the Topcoder Open is not required. The Megahack will consist of 3 contests, listed below… But stay tuned! You never know when another good idea comes along, and there MAY be changes here and there!

Challenge Date Duration 1st Prize 2nd Prize
Challenge 1: XML Parser 11/18/16 16 Hours $800 $600
Challenge 2: Node.js Backend + API Integration 11/19/16 16 Hours $800 $600
Challenge 3: Integration Contest 11/20/16 16 Hours $800 $600

Live Streaming Schedule

We’re gonna be livestreaming at TCO16! Check to access the livesteaming. Here’s our planned schedule for Megahack related events only:

  • 11/17/16 at 5:00 PM EST
  • 11/18/16 at 7:00 PM EST
  • 11/19/16 at 7:00 PM EST
  • 11/20/16 at 8:00 PM EST
  • 11/21/16 at 3:15 PM EST


See the table above for the prizes for each contest.

Winner Announcements

Please note that if you earn 1st or 2nd place for a Megahack contest, your name and or likeness (your Topcoder profile photo) will be used as part of the on-site announcement and or published on or in social media as part of Topcoder Open marketing. You may also be invited on-stage during the Megahack winner announcement.

Competition Scoring

There are no custom scorecards or scoring for the Megahack. Standard review scorecards will be used.

Terms & Conditions

The Megahack contests will be run on and are open to all Topcoder members. All standard topcoder terms and conditions apply.

*We reserve the right to change or edit the challenges as need be.