I am writing to introduce TopCoder software competitions, http://www.topcoder.com.  I found your email address from a list of Linux User Groups in the US.  If you believe that the following will be helpful to your members, I ask that you pass this along.  Feel free to use this email as is or with any personal touch you'd like.

TopCoder is a high profile set of programming competitions that culminate in an international competition once a year: The TopCoder Invitational.   We seek to provide value to programmers of all skill levels through the use of head to head competition.

TopCoder competitions offer the following benefits to programmers:

How it works:

TopCoder currently has fourteen thousand members, representing all of the top schools and many of the top companies in the U.S.  Roughly 600 of these members compete in each match.  Our membership represents over 90 different countries.

This is a great way for coders to assess their skills against some of the best programmers in the world.  It is also a great way to learn as all of the problems and solutions are available online. 

Again, I invite you to send this email to your members should you think it would benefit them.  Please do not hesitate to email me at jbielski@topcoder.com with any questions.

Thank you for your time. 

Jill Bielski
Membership Relations

P.S. You can also earn some extra cash by referring others to TopCoder.  Please check out www.topcoder.com/referral <http://www.topcoder.com/referral> for details! 

Jill Bielski
Member Relations