TopCoder and Partners Announce Launch of 2012 Zero Robotics High School Tournament

Press Release From: TopCoder
Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012

image Starting September 8th High School Students Can Design Experiments for SPHERES Satellites to be Tested Onboard the International Space Station

TopCoder(R), Inc., the world's largest competitive Community of digital creators, today announced that the next Zero Robotics High School Tournament will take place this Fall, offering high school students the opportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space. The popular Zero Robotics program, created by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), NASA, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Space Systems Laboratory and its partners, challenges high school student teams to write their own algorithms to fly the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. The competition starts online where teams compete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Students can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from a web browser. After several phases of virtual competition, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the International Space Station!

Teams may register now:

1) Go to
2) Log In or Create an Account.
3) Click "Tournaments" and register for the High School Tournament.
4) Create a team and invite other users.
5) Visit Resources for tutorials.

The competition starts on Sept. 8, 2012 with a live webcast kickoff. To see a promotional video for the competition visit:

The Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2012 is a creation of NASA, DARPA, the MIT Space Systems Laboratory, TopCoder and Aurora Flight Sciences.

About TopCoder, Inc.

TopCoder is the world's largest Open Innovation Community of digital creators with more than 420,000 members representing algorithmists, software developers and creative artists from over 200 countries. The TopCoder Open Innovation Community creates digital assets including analytics, software and creative designs and solutions for a wide-ranging client base through a competitive, rigorous, standards based methodology. Combined with our extremely talented community this groundbreaking methodology results in superior outcomes for our clients. For more information about sponsoring TopCoder events and utilizing TopCoder's software services and platforms, visit
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.
SOURCE TopCoder, Inc.

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