An interview with hi4sandy

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Has Topcoder changed your life? If so, how?

Topcoder has definitely changed my life. I can now choose to work on things that I love to work on.
Topcoder also pays the same reward to everyone irrespective of the region they belong to. So let's say, If I was getting an Americal salary in America then that's common but if I'm getting American salary in India then that's something special.

Do you have a favorite Topcoder customer or project? If so, which customer or project?

NASA. I'm glad that NASA uses a website (NASA-PAM) whose user interface was created by me.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you within the Topcoder community?

Once I submitted the same submission to two different contests. In one I'm the winner while in the other my submission failed to pass screening.

Tell us about an achievement that you are most proud of.

I'll say it's my first Topcoder win because if that wouldn't have happened, I could not be competing here today!!

Best music album to code to?

Time to time it keeps on changing, for the time being, it's 'Nazm Nazm'

What books do you recommend?

I don't prefer any books. Refer to the online documentation and tutorials and get your hands dirty by the creating anything that makes sense.

Who is your favorite copilot and why (and you can't pick yourself!)?

It's hard for me to pick just one, I have got a number of favorite co-pilots, I always love to working with quesks, lunarkid, ghostar and wendell.

I can't pick myself because I've to be a co-pilot first.

Do you have a favorite designer/developer or other inspiration?

No designer/developer so far. I'll say it's my Dad, he was an engineer in Indian and used to build roads and bridges in the Himalayas, he even worked on world highest motorable road to keep it open throughout the year.

What is your favorite developer language or front end technology and why?

React Native with ReactJS and Redux. These are one of the most complex frameworks using which both iOS and Android mobile apps can be build together.

We asked the Finalists to use emojis in response to the following questions.

How do you feel about the TCO17 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?



Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC)
Booz | Allen | Hamilton
Meituan Dianping

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