Topcoder for Veterans
We help military service members and veterans transition to a career in technology with the world's premier crowdsourcing platform.
What is Topcoder?
We help connect talented coders with organizations across the globe in need of your specialized skills.
Why We Started
The U.S. military has some of the most sophisticated technology platforms and equipment on the planet, which demand the brightest minds available. And with 200,000 service members exiting the military annually, it’s time to apply that expertise to civilian employment with thousands of organizations around the world.
But the transition from military to civilian life can be challenging and, as with any training, the most effective method includes real-world experience. Yet, there are few private sector programs outside the realm of government service that effectively and repeatedly provide new, realistic opportunities for service members. In fact, the Center for New American Security reports that 60% of employers see the translation gap as the biggest obstacle to bringing more vets on board.
We’re here to bridge that gap.
How the Topcoder Veterans Community Works
The challenges on veterans.topcoder.com are real-world problems and projects requested by Topcoder customers. Whether a contestant wins a challenge or not, participation demonstrates skill with current, in-demand toolsets. Members can compete to gain experience, and as proficiency increases, earn money — all from home.
Topcoder also partners with advocacy groups such as OperationCode, a 503(c) dedicated to helping veterans learn to code. Together with our partners, we have developed a coalition of companies that share our vision and are committed to providing job opportunities to members of the Topcoder Veterans Community.
Sign up today! Not only is it fast and free to join the Topcoder Veterans Community, but doing so also enables you to compete in interesting projects, earn money, hone your skills, and help many of today’s top businesses solve real-world problems.
The Topcoder Team is Here to Help
If you're new to Topcoder, we're here to help. If you have any questions about joining or competing, contact us here.
The Topcoder forums have lots of great insight and they are a good place to find answers to your questions.
We also have Slack for our community members. Instant feedback and chatting opportunities with some of the world's best. Topcoder Community Slack.
The best place to start after you register is to check the challenge listings page. We event have some fun challenges which are perfect for getting your feet wet!