Announced by Lauren Clement on

We are happy to announce that we have two new Senior Delegates:

  • Leow Yi Jun - Asia Southeast
  • Serhii Koksharov - Central Eurasia

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

As informed earlier by the WCA Board, the WCA and Red Bull Mind Gamers have decided to partner together to host joint events in China, Mexico, and Spain this season. The competitions will take place as follows:

  1. Madrid, Spain - UPM Open 2019 - Red Bull Qualifier
  2. Shanghai, China - Shanghai Open 2019 - Red Bull Qualifier
  3. Edo. México, Mexico - Misión México 2019 - Red Bull Qualifier

You can learn more about the Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Cup and their qualifiers here.

Announced by Lauren Clement on

The WCA Disciplinary Committee (WDC) is seeking new members to help them with their mission! Applications are open to everyone and community members not currently holding a WCA position are encouraged to apply.

What does the WDC do?
- Advises the WCA Board in special cases, like alleged violations of WCA Regulations
- May be contacted by WCA members in case of important personal matters regarding WCA competitions.

If you want to get more insight about the work of the Committee, you can check the Disciplinary Log on the WCA website. Suspensions and other Sanctions are defined in Motion 15.2019.1. The official rights and duties of the WDC are documented in WCA Motion 10.2019.2.

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Announced by Mikela Elleby Jørgensen on

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winning candidates to host the upcoming continental championships in 2020:

WCA Asian Championship 2020 will be held on August 27-30, 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
WCA European Championship 2020 will be held on July 16-19, 2020 in Almere, Netherlands.
WCA North American Championship 2020 will be held on June 25-28, 2020 in Toronto, Canada.

All dates and locations are tentative until the competitions are announced on the WCA website.

The decision for WCA Oceanian Championship 2020 has been deferred.

There were no applications for continental championships in Africa or South America and thus no continental championships will be held in these continents in 2020.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

We're pleased to announce a new feature on the WCA website: bookmarking competitions.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

The WCA Ethics Committee (WEC) is seeking new members to help them with their mission! The applications are open to everyone; it’s not a requirement to hold a current position in the WCA to be considered.

What does the WEC do?
- Maintaining and updating the Code of Ethics.
- Ensures that all procedures followed by WCA Staff abide by the Code of Ethics.
- Performs independent investigations if any WCA Staff member is not compliant with said Code of Ethics.
- Confidant for Registered Speedcubers that request investigations.
- Functions as the board of appeal if any involved party disagrees with a decision made by the WCA Disciplinary Committee.

The official rights and duties of the WEC are documented in WCA Motion 10.2019.3.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

We are happy to announce that we have a new Committee Leader. Callum Goodyear will become the new Leader of the WCA Ethics Committee (WEC). Callum was already working as a member of the WEC.

Callum was selected by the WCA Board and was approved in a vote among the current Committee Leaders and Senior Delegates, following Section 4 of our Motion 10.2019.0 about WCA Committees and Teams.

We thank Walker Welch for the work he has done for the WEC, and wish Callum Goodyear best of luck in fulfilling his new duties.

The new Leader will be promoted immediately. Callum was among two applicants we had and both candidacy documents can be found here if you are interested in viewing them.

Announced by Lorenzo Vigani Poli on

Dear WCA Community,

Here you can find some noteworthy updates about the activity of the Disciplinary Committee over the month of July 2019.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

There will be an appointment of a new WCA Software Team Leader (WST), as Jeremy Fleischman’s term expires on October 1, 2019. We would like to thank Jeremy for the work he has done leading the Team. The WST is responsible for managing the WCA's software which includes the website, scramblers, workbooks, and admin tools.

Candidates are expected to fulfill their terms (24 months) and to spend at least 10 hours per week on average to work for the Committee. The qualities expected of candidates are:
- Strong technical expertise
- Good communication
- Problem solving skills
- Goal-oriented
- Project management experience

The application period is open for candidates to submit their candidacy documents until September 6th, 2019, 23:59 UTC privately to the Bob Burton (rburton@worldcubeassociation.org).

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Announced by Mikela Elleby Jørgensen on

Application submissions are now closed for Continental Championships 2020. Thank you to all who submitted their offers! The cities listed were submitted and will be selected by the Board of Directors.

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Announced by Alexandre Henrique Afonso Campos on

When TNoodle-WCA-0.15.0 was released, we announced that TNoodle-WCA-0.14.0 would briefly remain an officially permitted version. Since almost 2 weeks has passed, TNoodle-WCA-0.14.0 is now officially retired, leaving TNoodle-WCA-0.15.0 as the only official scramble program.

Please see last week's TNoodle-WCA-0.15.0 announcement for details.

Please remember that official competitions must use a current version of the official scramble program. This is always available from:
https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/scrambles/

Announced by William Gan Wei Ren (颜伟仁) on

The WCA Software Team (WST) is looking for new members! The applications are open to everyone; it’s not a requirement to hold a current position in the WCA to be considered. The WST plays a central role on the WCA developing, scaling, and maintaining the software solutions that help the organization handle the continuous community growth. Some examples of such software solutions are:

  • A website
  • TNoodle
  • Workbook Assistant

All of the above are open-sourced and can be found on the WCA’s GitHub. The technologies used on these projects is very varied: Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, CSS, MySQL, Chef, React, Java, etc, so developers of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply!

Interested applicants should reach out to Alberto Pérez de Rada Fiol (WST’s Project Manager) at afiol@worldcubeassociation.org with an introduction of themselves that includes their experience as developers. Adding activities done for the WCA and goals as a team member is a plus.

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Announced by Lorenzo Vigani Poli on

Dear WCA Community,

Here you can find some noteworthy updates about the activity of the Disciplinary Committee over the months of May and June 2019.

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Announced by Alexandre Henrique Afonso Campos on

TNoodle-WCA-0.15.0 is now available on the Scrambles page
The following changes have been made, since the previous version:

Changes visible to the regular competitor:

  • Better spacing on FMC cutout sheets.
  • Competitor can fill competition's name on FMC filling sheet.

Changes visible to staff members:

  • Since competitors can fill competition's name on the FMC filling sheet, you can reuse sheets across competitions (in case you got some left).
  • Prevent Multi-Blind from being set to 1 cube (prevent input mistakes).
  • Show a table with rounds and groups for each event when generating scrambles for a competition.
  • Option to print ordered scrambles matching the schedule.

Upcoming competitions should use TNoodle-WCA-0.15.0 to generate new scrambles, when possible. However, since we have just a few changes that directly affect competitors, TNoodle-WCA-0.14.0 will briefly remain an officially permitted version (competition scrambles for the coming week that have already been generated using TNoodle-WCA-0.14.0 can still be used).

Please remember that official competitions must use a current version of the official scramble program. This is always available from:
https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/scrambles/

Announced by Mikela Elleby Jørgensen on

The WCA Financial Committee (WFC) is looking for two or three new members to add to its team. The applications are open to everyone; it’s not a requirement to hold a current position in the WCA to be considered.

What does the WFC do?
- Determine the annual budget for the WCA including analysis and projections of competitor counts.
- Manage the dues system including invoicing and credit control.
- Complete tax and other regulatory compliance forms on behalf of the WCA.
- Manage the finances and cash flow of the WCA.
- Review applications for funding in accordance with the Equipment Funding and Travel Reimbursement policies.
- Other financial tasks requested by the WCA Board or in accordance with our Motions.

The official rights and duties of the WFC are documented in WCA Motion 10.2017.3.

Please submit your application by Sunday, July 28th, 2019 at 23:59 UTC to the WCA Treasurer and Leader of the WCA Financial Committee, Chris Wright (cwright@worldcubeassociation.org). Applications will be reviewed by the WFC leadership team.

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Announced by Rui Reis on

Olivér Perge’s term as a member of the Board of Directors of the WCA has come to an end on July 1st. We want to thank Olivér for the amazing things he has done, the milestones he achieved and the steps he paved for the future of the WCA. We wish him all the best in his future activities!

In the meantime, an anonymous election took place among the WCA Delegates, Team/Committee Leaders and Senior Members in accordance with Motion 05.2019.1.

The WCA received the applications of Jacob Ambrose and Ethan Pride.

We are happy to announce that the results of the election promoted Ethan Pride as a new member of the WCA Board of Directors!

These changes have become effective immediately.

Jacob’s and Ethan’s applications can be viewed here.

Announced by Rui Reis on

The WCA Regulations Committee (WRC) is looking for about 5 new members. Interested community members of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The applications are open to everyone; it’s not a requirement to hold a current position in the WCA to be considered.

What does the WRC do?

  • Update and improve the WCA Regulations. (See our public issue tracker.)
  • Read competition reports and respond to incidents.
  • Engage with the WCA community for feedback about the Regulations.
  • Address any issues and inquiries related to the Regulations.

The priority application period is open for candidates to submit their candidacy document from now until July 21st, 2019, 23:59 UTC privately to Lucas Garron (lgarron@worldcubeassociation.org). All applications received during the priority application period will receive equal consideration, with a decision by August 5.

Additional applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until September 30, 2019 (23:59 UTC).

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Announced by Rui Reis on

There will be an appointment of a new WCA Ethics Committee Leader, as Walker Welch recently stepped down as the Leader of the WCA Ethics Committee. We would like to thank Walker the work he has done leading the Committee. In the interim period, the WCA Board will lead the Committee.

Candidates are expected to fulfill their terms (24 months) and to spend at least 6 hours per week on average to work for the Committee. The qualities expected of candidates are:

  • Clear background
  • Trustworthiness
  • Independence
  • Accountability

The application period is opened for candidates to submit their candidacy documents until July 23rd, 2019, 23:59 UTC privately to the WCA Board (board@worldcubeassociation.org).

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

The Board of Directors would like to receive applications for WCA Continental Championships 2020 for the following regions:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Oceania
  • South America

Please discuss with the Delegates in your country whether this is something you are willing and able to pursue. Bear in mind that organizing a competition of this size takes a significant amount of time and effort before and during the competition.

If you are interested, send your application documents privately to board@worldcubeassociation.org before 23:59 UTC of July 31st, 2019. Documents must be sent in PDF format in two versions: one full version with all the details for the application, and another version with sensitive details - if any - removed to make public.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

After recent voting by WCA staff members, the proposed amendments to the Motions have been approved by a good majority. The Motions are effective as of June 1, 2019, and a summary of the included changes has been compiled below:

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Announced by Lorenzo Vigani Poli on

Dear WCA Community,

Here you can find some noteworthy updates about the activity of the Disciplinary Committee over the months of March and April 2019.

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Announced by Lucas Garron on

New WCA Regulations and Guidelines are in effect as of May 1, 2019. Please see the original announcement for details.

Announced by Chenxi Shan (单晨曦) on

We are happy to announce that the WCA Board has appointed two new Executive Assistants: Daniel James and Thaynara Santana de Oliveira.

They have been selected among the 7 applicants because of their proven skills and trustworthiness serving through the years in different Staff positions.

We wish Daniel and Thaynara the best of luck in fulfilling their new duties!

Announced by Chenxi Shan (单晨曦) on

As a result of our recent application period, a new Senior Delegate has been appointed. For the Latin America region, the Board received the applications of Natán Riggenbach and José Garrido. After deliberation, they decided to appoint Natán Riggenbach for the position.

The appointment is effective immediately. You may find both applications here.

We want to thank both applicants for their willingness in helping the WCA and the Speedcubing Community even more than they currently do now. Good luck to Natán in his new role!

Announced by Lucas Garron on

Dear WCA Community,

The WRC would like to inform you about the versions of the WCA Regulations and Guidelines, which are going into effect May 1, 2019.

You can review all changes in this comparison on GitHub. If you do not want to open all the individual changes, you can click on “Files changed” to see the complete files of the regulation and guidelines. All changes and additions are marked green and removals are red.

Round format changes:

Competition organization changes:

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