Jack Hughes is founder and chairman of TopCoder, Inc., and is a pioneer and expert in the field of open innovation and its application to the discipline of software development. He is an authority on competitive collaboration in transparent enterprise systems amongst global virtual communities.
Founded in 2001, TopCoder’s mission has been to create mechanisms for learning, skills mastery and opportunity through online social and professional community. Central to the TopCoder model is a large community of highly motivated digitally creative individuals who embrace transparent competition and collaboration within a results-based, metrics driven methodology.
TopCoder’s innovative management processes and culture have been the subject of studies and research by Harvard Business School, MIT and London Business School among others. Hughes also co-founded Tallán Inc. a provider of web-enabled business solutions. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Boston College. He has been a board member of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation since 2001 and is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors.