The Topcoder Community Advisory Board (CAB) is an honorary position held by a panel of community members who have a special interest in the growth and health of Topcoder. They are the liaisons between the community and the Topcoder staff, bringing community ideas and concerns to the forefront and helping to guide new features and platform enhancements.

The CAB has early access to upcoming features and meets with staff to brainstorm and speak for the community. The goal is to ensure the community has a strong voice about the future of Topcoder. Do you have some ideas you’d like to share with CAB to make the community even better? Join the discussion on the CAB forum! Now, let’s meet the team below!

 

Design

Daniela Pratia

DaraK

I have been participating in Topcoder Design competitions for 5 years. I heard about it from a developer I’ve met to discuss a project. While I was just a beginner at that time, I learned a lot on Studio. I had the chance to work on a variety of projects from logo and mobile designs to 3D and After Effects projects. After so much time I am still excited to work on every project, find UX solutions and improve my UI. It’s been a great adventure.


chekspir

I’m a Systems Engineer and Graphic Designer from Venezuela but living in Colombia since 3 years ago. 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 joined Topcoder those days but I never competed until 2014. 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. One of the things I love more is going Outdoors! Camping, hiking, do some rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, traveling A LOT, and taking pictures. You can read more about me and my trips on my blog: www.chekspir.com

Design

Alexander Chekspir


Development

Mithun Kamath

callmekatootie

I’m 27 years old. Currently living in Bangalore, India. Started my career working for three years with an ERP giant. After participating in contests on Topcoder / cloudspokes, decided to take it up full time. I know Python (I <3 Python), Nodejs, Golang, Ruby and anything Javascript but I mainly worked on AngularJS. I self-learned all of these only by participating in contests thanks to Topcoder. Topcoder has always been the go-to platform for me to pick up on the latest trends. Play games on the side, especially Dota 2 and Destiny (Xbox One).


besabestin

I have worked in different UI prototype competitions, with each one having different taste and level of complexities and it has now been around 3 years since my first contest. The blazing passion in the community keeps me going.

Development

Bisrat Tekle Aweno


Data Science

Scott Wu

scott_wu

I’m currently a student at Harvard University. Previously, I worked as a software engineer for Addepar, and before that I was a USACO/IOI competitor. I’ve been a member of Topcoder since 2010 and look forward to taking a more active role within the community!



 

2015 CAB Members

The 2015 CAB was made up of the Chairman, Deacon, Scribe and three liaisons from each track (Design, Development and Data Science).

 

Deacon

Justin Gasper

Ghostar

I’ve been an active topcoder member for a relatively long time. I started with component design and review and went full time with that in 2005. Since then I’ve done work both as a competitor and more recently as a copilot, starting with the Topcoder UML Tool and one of the first iterations of Cockpit / TC direct. I’ve also helped as a reviewer for a couple TCOs and one of the last TCCC competitions.


Egor

I am a software developer with Yandex in St. Petersburg, Russia and a Topcoder Open 2012 and Google Code Jam 2010 champion. I am living with my wife Kate and our two sons, Dmitry and Petr.

Chairman

Egor Kulikov


Scribe

Luis Millán

mahestro

I started in topcoder back in 2007 when I was finishing my university studies. I became a good software engineer in school, then with the practice I had with topcoder as a design competitor over the years, I became wiser and more enthusiastic about the community. Most of my professional skills lay on creativity fields for multiple medias, but I have to confess my “vedette” is web and mobile projects (design and development), which is a good thing because I get to mix up creative designs into useful applications. The involvement with topcoder always grows on me. I started in topcoder back in 2007 when I was finishing my university studies. I became a good software engineer in school, then with the practice I had with topcoder as a design competitor over the years, I became wiser and more enthusiastic about the community. Most of my professional skills lay on creativity fields for multiple medias, but I have to confess my “vedette” is web and mobile projects (design and development), which is a good thing because I get to mix up creative designs into useful applications. The involvement with topcoder always grows on me.


Nickolas

Since joining topcoder in 2005 I’ve been a true addict of programming competitions. Some of my favorite achievements in the field include creating over 50 marathon, algo and not-so-serious contests, placing in the Topcoder Marathon Record Book, “Consecutive Rating Increases” (still climbing!), being a finalist in Challenge24 contest in 2011 and 2012, blogging about TCO 2010 and 2011 (onsite trip included!) and getting the Cormen Medal 2012 Codeforces Spirit of Community. At the same time, in the non-competitive world I graduated with honors from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Ukraine, spent six years working as a banking software developer and studied at Yandex School of Data Analysis. Two years ago I moved to Seattle area, Washington, USA, to join Microsoft.

Data Science Liaison

Mariia Mykhailova


Development Liaison

Gaurav Kheterpal

talesforce

I’d been in the industry for about 12 years, taking up varied roles from being a developer, designer, architect, solution designer, to leading small modules and projects, to handling several large accounts with multiple distributed teams. And then Cloudspokes (now topcoder) gave me a chance to reinvent myself in 2012 and explore my passions again. For the next two years, I topped the charts in several categories including mobile, force.com and design. I’d been in the industry for about 12 years, taking up varied roles from being a developer, designer, architect, solution designer, to leading small modules and projects, to handling several large accounts with multiple distributed teams. And then Cloudspokes (now topcoder) gave me a chance to reinvent myself in 2012 and explore my passions again. For the next two years, I topped the charts in several categories including mobile, force.com and design.


iamtong

After completing a degree in Computer Engineering, followed by years of experience working in web and graphic design, stumbling onto the Topcoder community has proven to be the turning point in all areas of my life. Learning the ropes, the lingo, working with admins and other community members in different time zones, constantly having to re-evaluate my know-how to keep up with rapidly changing global trends, not to mention working against tight deadlines, alongside a number of other talented individuals. I am always delighted to be able to provide my input and any assistance to new and existing members, briefs, or clients.

Design Liaison

Teeraporn Sriponpak


CAB’s Commitment to the Topcoder Community

CAB members have a term of 12 months, during which time they spend time performing the following responsibilities:

  • Attend monthly meetings with Topcoder staff
  • Review new ideas and features and provide feedback to Topcoder staff
  • Regularly communicate with the members and prioritize all wants/needs of the community
  • Recap meetings in a blog post and in the CAB forum
  • Maintain active voice in the CAB forum