An interview with akinwale

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How has Topcoder changed your life?

I have gradually become a better and more efficient software developer over my years of competing on Topcoder. I have also learned a lot of new technologies and find that I am always willing to learn new things.

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


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

Back in 2013 on the first TCO evening, I was heading out to take a walk and I heard a call for "Topcoder" as I exited the hotel, with the caller directing me to a bus. I imagined it was some sort of surprise trip for members since it wasn't listed on the agenda. I looked around for familiar faces as I got on the bus but I didn't recognize anyone. Then it was mentioned that to me that it was for Topcoder staff only and then I had to get off the bus. Now, every time I get on a Topcoder bus, I always have to ask if it's for just staff or for members too.

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

Becoming the TCO 2014 First2Finish champion.

Best music album to code to?

OceanLab – Sirens of the Sea

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

Ghostar. Provides clear and organised requirements, and is very responsive in the forums.

How did you get into programming?

I started using computers around age 4, and my dad used to run a computer training school. I got fascinated with BASIC when I was in one of the programming classes and saw what could be achieved with the language.

Which IDE do you use and why?

Android Studio – for Android development
Eclipse – for Java development
KomodoEdit – Lightweight and supports all languages. Great for web projects.
Visual Studio – for C# and .NET development

What books do you recommend?

– The Black Prism
– The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
– Ringworld

Tabs or spaces?


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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