Topcoder has been the best place to improve my skills as UI/UX Designer. I'm so happy to be part of the community and this family. Right now Topcoder is one of the most important things in my life, over my work and my hobbies.
I have some great achievements in my professional life, but being part of the TCO15 as finalist is one of those of course. Right now I'm part of a very selected team of IT professionals, working on a “StartUp” project that should see the light this year, that will be one of my greatest accomplishment.
I had a life before Topcoder hehehe, I used to sleep late almost every weekend, but now it is gone hehehehe (Naa just kidding). One of the things I love more is going Outdoors! Camping, hiking, do some rock climbing, kayaking, moutain biking, make me so happy. I love travel A LOT, and take pictures. You can read more about my trips on my blog: www.chekspir.com
Based on my own personal experience, be constant, never give up!!. If you lose some challenges in the beginning, keep fighting and working hard, you will start winning more before thinking about that. Read all the feedback, try to submit even if you don't win a checkpoint prize. And more important, read and learn a lot! Technology never sleeps, evolves daily!
I heard about Topcoder by Luis Millan (Mahestro), he was my boss on my very first job as Web Developer when I was still at college back in 2009. I was very proud then (And now) of meeting someone who traveled to USA to represent Venezuela in a competition. I learned alot from him! On those days he was actually my “Mahestro” (My Master). I joined Topcoder those days but I never competed until last year (2014). I had a very busy life then, I begun a Web Design Company on 2010 until 2012, then I moved from Venezuela to Colombia due the political issues, so I have been building a life since I was like 19 years old.