An interview with chekspir

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How has Topcoder changed your life?

I became a person more passionate about my work.

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

I really enjoy working with different customers, each one is unique. If I have to choose, my favorites would be General Electric, John Hancock and 3DSystems.

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

Languages barriers are really funny in Topcoder. Sometimes talking with members we try to say something and people understand another. Because of this, I have really good memories of moments shared with my fellow mates from Topcoder laughing so loud all the time.

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

I'm proud of many achievements in Topcoder, like 5th place at the TCO15 at Indonesia, or several 1st places on LUXs challenges. But honestly for me my biggest achievement on Topcoder is being able to qualify for TCO17 especially for the current circumstances in my life. It has not been easy at all to compete on Topcoder these days for me.

Best music album to design to?

Being a musician myself, it is really hard to me pick a single album to design to. I love rock music, so it's the musical genre that I listen to. My favorite music albums and those that I listen to most when designing are: "Ride the Lighting" (Metallica), "In Rock" (Deep Purple), "The Dark Side of the Moon" (Pink Floyd) and "British Steel" from Judas Priest.

What books do you recommend?

I love crime novels books like the "Millenium" series by Stieg Larsson, and "The Professor" by John Katzenbach.

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

I don't have any personal favorite copilot; I really enjoy to work with all my fellow copilots like, Fajar, Mahestro, Maroosh, Lunarkid, Blake, Trevor, Adam.

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

My favorite designer ever is Jonathan "Jony" Ive; the chief design officer of Apple.

As a designer, what is your biggest pet peeve?

I don't like when my phone rings, so my phone is always on vibration.

What are the top 3 applications that you use when you design?

Photoshop, Illustrator and Firefox. Even when this last one is not a design application, I use it a lot when designing, to download files, research, read the challenge specs, etc.

If you could design one world - renown item such as the Olympics logo, a new country flag, or redo a massive brand logo such as Coca Cola, what would you want to design and why?

I would like to design a new interface for future iOS versions. I have been using iPhone almost since the first version, and I have been a witness of the evolution of the operative system. I have ideas that have not been implemented yet.

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?

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

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