Meet kiranmaroj!

QA Finalist
Kiran Maroju's profile
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Kiran Maroju

How does it feel to be a finalist for the first ever TCO QA track?
I’m feeling so excited! It’s a great opportunity to share the stage with other talented Topcoder finalists.

Why do you compete in QA track challenges, and which testing type do you like best?
This is what I was trained in. I liked the way the QA Challenges are organized at Topcoder. I especially liked the Structured Testing challenges because you were rewarded equally for the work you did.

What is the most interesting challenge you competed in at Topcoder and why?
It was Test for Success-Challenge-5. For this challenge I bought 2 phones and rented an Apple Macbook. This challenge lasted for 36 hours and finally, I was the winner, and was selected for the TCO finals.

Who do you think is the most fierce or talented coder at Topcoder and why?
Codejam. He is fast at identifying bugs, and he is very dedicated through the entire challenge process. Next is Lieutanant (almost equal to codejam).

What do you do when not working?
Spending time with family and hanging out with friends.

Where do you work? Tell us about your space(s).
For Topcoder challenges, I work at home with all the necessary items (laptop, phones, printer, speakers) at my desk.

If you could give your past self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Get trained in data science programming languages. There are so many data science projects through Topcoder that offer tens of thousands of dollars in prize money.

What’s the best tip or piece of advice you can share with other members at Topcoder?
Keep your self open to all technologies.

How does it feel to be a first time TCO Finalist?
I was on the edge of my seat before the announcement of trip winners! I am looking forward to participate in the TCO Finals.

What are you most looking forward to at your first-ever TCO Finals?
QA Finals and meeting the best of the best Topcoders.

Did you strive to make it TCO this year and if so, why does it matter to you?
Yes, really. I still remember those days during Jan-Feb 2019.