What is your Topcoder story?
I heard about Topcoder early 2015 while improving my skills for a career transition into a more technical role. Topcoder was great in that I was exposed to a large number of useful technologies and was able to learn a lot.
I also had the opportunity to participate in challenges sponsored by important names in the industry. Winning a NASA or IBM sponsored challenge gives you some good bragging rights!
Primarily I compete in development competitions (code or assembly).
Topcoder has, by far, the best platform for development-style competitions. I compete mostly to learn so I tend to pick challenges where I add something new to my "toolbox".
Tell us about something in your life, outside of Topcoder, that you are most proud of.
Just a few years ago, I had some major career setbacks. It was particularly scary because I'd just married and had to endure it while starting a new home and family.
Despite our country being in the worst recession since 1920's I was able to overcome the situation get myself into a new position better than where I was before.