How did you get to where you are today at Topcoder?
I got hooked on competing in SRMs back around 2011. Topcoder was one of the first sites I used for competitive programming. I enjoyed it a lot and started writing problems and contributing back to the community a couple of years ago. Topcoder is the first site that I wrote problems to, and I felt it was a fun experience.
What is your best strategy for tackling a project or challenge?
When writing problems for SRMs, I usually just try to stay somewhat up to date on what questions are being posed on other competitive programming sites to get inspiration and to make sure my problems don't overlap too much.
What are you most looking forward to for the TCO Finals?
Looking forward to meeting all the top algorithm competitors and watching them compete.
Tell us what achievement you are the most proud of.
Competitive-programming related is probably successfully writing rounds that a lot of people enjoy. I don't have as many achievements from the competitor side 🙁
Offline, what is your favorite thing to do?
I like playing DDR, playing random puzzle video games, and listening to music.
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