What is the most interesting challenge you competed on at Topcoder and why?
Online Retail Product Trend was one of the most interesting challenge I've participated in recently. The problem statement was related to Marketing and Retail. My personal interest is in Marketing area of Retail industry (in fact I started my career working for a British Telecom company in their Retail Marketing Campaign Program, I was a data analyst there). Also, on that very day I was watching a movie on Netflix named - "The Great Hack". The idea of using social media data to understand potential Buzz Trend, came to my mind from there and I was very happy after implementing the idea.
What is your most memorable Topcoder challenge this TCO19 qualification and why?
Child's Asthma detection from breathing sounds was the most memorable challenge. The problem statement was something where I could really save some childrens lives. Also technically, this was the first time I learned about audio signal processing techniques. My failure to submit into this challenge was a great learning lesson for me.
Who do you think is the most fierce or talented coder at Topcoder and why?
I admire and respect a lot of them. Reddy Dheeraj, MiG29, thotling, paolog, userhacker are some whose submissions (in DS coding challenges) I always download to learn irrespective of relative ranking in the challenge.
What is the programming language you most relate to and why?
Python. I learned Python during one competition in my organization and then continued developing my skill set on Python.
What do you do when not working?
I play chess, listen to Indian music, watch movies, and read books.
Where do you work? Tell us about your space(s).
I work in Wipro Technologies and currently deputed in UK. I've worked in the company for the last seven years. I've earned a lot working on different projects in this company.
If you could give your past self one piece of advice, what would it be?
My past self should have done more work on time management.
What is the dream project you want to build, design, or solve for?
Someday I would like to work on a project which could understand the effect of genes (heredity) towards cancer using AI advancement or any means that I would know at that point in time.
What's the best tip or piece of advice you can share with other members at Topcoder?
Work hard and honestly. No other means can help you to reach your goal.
How does it feel to be a first time TCO Finalist?
I didn't expect to be a finalist. It came to me as a pleasant surprise. I look forward to joining the final event.
What are you most looking forward to at your first-ever TCO Finals?
Meeting the real people behind their interesting handles, whom I admire most in this community.
Did you strive to make it TCO this year and if so, why does it matter to you?
I strive to learn everyday from participating in different challenges in Topcoder. Being a TCO Finalist is really a pleasant surprise for me.