Eligibility

The Contest is open to two types of applicants:

The above eligible individuals may participate in the Contest as a team that consists of no less than two members and no more than four members. If a team includes a member who is not qualified to participate in the Student category, the team is automatically assigned to the Professional category. Trend Micro reserves the right to refuse*** any individual from participating in the Contest.

Individuals that match any of the following criteria ARE NOT eligible to participate in the Contest:

Note: Trend Micro reserves the right to make amendments to any of the above restrictions, if permitted by Taiwan law, before the start of the Contest.

*: Eligible countries in the Asia-Pacific Region include Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, India, South Korea (a total of 12 regions).

**: An adult shall be determined according to the law of the country that issued his/her passport.

***: Trend Micro reserves the right to refuse or disqualify an applicant for, but not limited to, any of the following reasons:

Conditions of the Contest

  1. The goal of the Contest is to solve algorithmic problems related to Big Data.
  2. The Contest consists of 2 phases:
    • Phase 1 is the Primary round.

      Phase 1 will be conducted online with the top five highest-scoring Student teams and the top five highest-scoring Professional teams being invited to compete in Phase 2. Trend Micro reserves the right to adjust the ratio between the selected teams in the Student category and that in the Professional category based on the numbers of teams registered.

    • Phase 2 is the Final round.

      Phase 2 will be held in Taiwan as on-site contest. Trend Micro will provide round-trip flight tickets between Taiwan and the country of the finalists’ nationalities (which is limited to the eligible countries listed in the Eligibility section, excluding Taiwan). Accommodation fees in Taiwan for all finalists in the Final round are provided, however, all finalists have to reside in the location designated by Trend Micro. Finalists who want to arrange alternative accommodations can do so at their own expense.

  3. Team members:

    A team may not change the composition or the size of their team after the registration deadline. No change to the team composition is permitted after a team progresses to Phase 2, with the exception of removing team member to a minimum of at least two team members. Teams that attempt to change team members or reduce their size below 2 members will be deemed as waiving the chance to participate in Phase 2. In the event that a finalist team is deemed to have waived its chance to participate in Phase 2 (either as stipulated above or voluntarily), Trend Micro reserves the right to invite the next highest scoring team in the same category from Phase 1 to attend the final round.

Scoring Criteria

  1. Phase 1: Primary Round
    • The Primary Round will be conducted online and consists of 4 stages. Teams are required to reference the problem to be solved at the designated time for each stage, solve them within the designated time period, and submit their code to the online scoring portal provided by Trend Micro.
    • The scoring criteria are proportional for each round and are as follows:
      Criteria Scoring
      Accuracy 60%
      Performance (the faster the better) 10%
      Submission time (the sooner the better) 30%
    • Trend Micro will add the total score for each round per team within 3 business days after the completion of Phase 1. The top 5 scoring teams in each category will be invited to participate in the Final Round. Trend Micro reserves the right to adjust the ratio between the selected teams in the Student category and that in the Professional category based on the numbers of teams registered and also the right to adjust the list of the finalists. Trend Micro will announce the results on the official contest website on the 4th business day following the completion of Phase 1.
  2. Phase 2: Final Round
    • The final is not divided into categories and will be conducted on-site in Taiwan. The problem to be solved will be announced at the contest site. The problem will pertain to finding a solution for algorithmic problems related to Big Data. The finalist teams have to complete the proposed solution within the designated time period, present the proposed solution in English, and answer questions posed by a panel of judges.
    • The scoring criteria are proportional and are as follows:
      Criteria Scoring Notes
      Creativity 20%
      • Is your proposed solution different from any current known solutions in the same area?
      • If the proposed solution is based on a current solution (regardless of whether such a solution has been awarded), does it provide extra value to or improve upon such a solution?
      Completeness 40% Is the proposed solution able to access the data successfully and provide reasonable results?
      Technology 30% Is the proposed solution able to process sufficiently large amounts of data?
      Presentation 10%
      • Is the supporting documentation or presentation clear and convincing?
      • Are the presentation and the answers to the judges’ questions sufficiently helpful in allowing the judges to understand the proposed solution?
  3. The solution submitted by the participating teams may not contain any data or other information related to personal privacy that would violate the Personal Data Protection Act. The solution may not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any third parties. Moreover, the subject and content cannot be related to religion, race, political orientation, violence, or anything contrary to appropriate social custom or public order. If there is any discrepancy regarding these stipulations, Trend Micro may disqualify the participants.