Interview with ltaravilse

March 30, 2017 Jessie D'Amato Ford

As part of Algorithm Week, we are bringing you an interview with our Community Advisory Board (CAB) member, ltaravilse. We are lucky to have a such a dedicated member on our CAB this year and look forward to the support and input he provides.

TC: What is your day job?
ltaravilse: I’m head of TA’s on an Algorithms course at my university (Universidad de Buenos Aires).

TC: What is your Topcoder story?
ltaravilse: I started competing back in 2008, when I first heard of programming competitions. Back then, many people at my university participated in programming contests and all of them were part of the Topcoder community.

TC: Why did you decide to get involved with the CAB?
ltaravilse: I’ve taken part in the Topcoder community for almost a decade, so I felt I could do something to give back to the community after what it gave to me.

TC: What is one thing you’d like to accomplish through CAB for 2017?
ltaravilse: Getting more people to participate in Topcoder like it was a few years ago. The number of contestants in the Algorithm and Marathon Match tracks has declined a lot and I feel it can improve if Topcoder makes the right decisions about it.

TC: What is your favorite thing about Topcoder?
ltaravilse: Definitely the community. I learn a lot from them all the time.

TC: What is one tip you can share with the community about getting started at Topcoder?
ltaravilse: Don’t be afraid of not getting good results at the beginning. I had a rating under 900 after one of my first SRMs and with practice and competing a lot in Topcoder I reached a 2200+ rating after a few years. It’s all a matter of getting involved and practicing.

TC: What is your favorite Topcoder moment?
ltaravilse: One of my favorite moments in my whole life (not just in Topcoder) was when I got a red rating back in 2013. Unfortunately it lasted only one contest but it made me very happy when it happened.

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