This event is hosted in Trackmania and in the title(s) Trackmania² Valley. You can participate on your own and registration is not required. You need to have the title pack Trackmania One - Alpine installed. And there is a map pool that you can contribute to.
This event is played in the Trackmania One - Alpine titlepack. Players need to own TrackMania 2 Valley in order to play.
The Mania Exchange Knockout is an online competition where the last player to finish each map is knocked out until the winner remains. You can read the full rules here and a more detailed explanation of how the competition works.