How did you get to where you are today in the programming world?
My continual enjoyment of solving tough problems from programming contests.
What is your best strategy for solving tough algorithm problems?
I like looking for a solution that feels right. Instead of trying to force any specific approach to work, I like to try many approaches and seeing which one fits the most naturally for the specific problem.
What are you most looking forward to for the TCO Finals?
Lots and lots of empty land.
Tell us what achievement you are the most proud of.
Forming a last-minute ACM-ICPC team which managed to qualify for World Finals despite our limited preparation time.
We asked the Finalists to use emojis in response to the following questions.
How do you feel about the TCO18 Finals?
How do you feel when you win a Topcoder challenge?
What is your spirit animal?
What's the weather like at your house right now?
What are your hobbies?