What’s your favorite thing about competitive programming?
How did you start out in competitive programming?
I learned the program for adding 10 integers by heart.
What is your most memorable SRM and why?
Wow, that’s hard, I’ve had quite a number of them! Let’s say it’s SRM 444: I finished 3rd after ACRush and Petr, and my rating became just one point shy of 3000. :)
What’s your favorite Topcoder SRM problem and why?
This is even harder – three times more options to choose from! I don’t have any specific problem in mind, but in the recent SRMs I enjoyed EllysTournament and DistancePermutation. (I’m probably biased towards DP problems).
Who do you think is the most fierce or talented coder at Topcoder and why?
Scott Wu is very talented – good at both problem solving and live commentary!
What do you do when not working?
Play tennis, walk outside, do some contests.
Where do you work? Tell us about your space(s).
What kind of music do you listen to while working on your solutions?
The sound of silence.
What’s the best tip or piece of advice you can share with other members at Topcoder?
Do what you feel is right.
What does Topcoder mean to you?
The oldest prestigious programming competition that really helped the community to be born and alive now.
What are you most excited about for this year’s TCO Finals?
Defending my Marathon title – it’s going to be tough! :)
Do you strive to be at TCO every year and if so, why does it matter to you?
At TCO I’m competing with and meeting the best of the best in the field!
What was your secret to getting a ticket for the TCO finals more than once?
Just luck, I guess?