What is the most interesting challenge you competed on at Topcoder and why?
The Service Theater challenge series was interesting. The code base was complex and required reverse engineering, which I always enjoy.
What is your most memorable Topcoder challenge and why?
It was my first actual submission to the assembly competition back in 2012. It was an update to the topcoder PACTs system. I memorized it, as I did with all the development/test directly on a remote Linux VM. I did not win it, but it was the start to my first come back on Topcoder.
Who do you think is the most fierce or talented coder at Topcoder and why?
Albertwang. He has great architecture/design skills, I have learned a lot from him.
What is the programming language you most relate to and why?
Java, I know its internals more than others.
What do you do when not working?
Traveling, playing with my son, spending time with family.
Where do you work? Tell us about your space(s).
I work from a normal home office.
What's the best tip or piece of advice you can share with other members at Topcoder?
Believe in your ability to succeed. Then it is just a matter of time. Do not fear to try.
What does Topcoder mean to you?
How does it feel to be a first time TCO Finalist?
What are you most looking forward to at your first-ever TCO Finals?
Meet some like-minded guys.
Did you strive to make it TCO this year and if so, why does it matter to you?
Yes, it was an important milestone for me during my first months of coming back to Topcoder for the second time. I am sure it will be a great push for me next year.