An interview with picachui

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How has Topcoder changed your life?

Topcoder has been an important part of my life for the past few years. I will always be grateful to Topcoder as it made it possible for me to be with my kids in their early years while working from home. It has taught me all the things that you need to win, either in a contest or in life, hard work, discipline and talent.

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

All studio projects are really cool. The STEM projects were a lot of fun to work with.

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

Winning the wireframe trip for 6 years straight 🙂

Best music album to design to?

I am so sorry, I need silence. I even switch off the fan and close the windows and when I really need to concentrate.

What books do you recommend?

My love for books started at a very early age. At different times in my life I have been attracted to different types of books. Books I loved to read in my teen years hold no interest for me now. But books are always there for me whenever I need anything. They can be a source of knowledge, an escape from the everyday routine, a tourist guide taking you to faraway places, an inspiration when you are down, in short they can be anything you want or need. So I cant just recommend some books, whatever it may be you need, there is a book out there.

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

Marwa, I love how professional and friendly she is at the same time.

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

I always had a very high regard for iamtong .

As a designer, what is your biggest pet peeve?

I can't think of anything like that.

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

I am a wireframer, So its mostly Axure RP. I sometimes use excel to create charts. But mostly it is just Axure.

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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