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My TopCoder Journey – How I Re-invented
myself as a developer?
Gaurav Kheterpal
@talesforce
AGENDA
Who am I?
How I landed on TopCoder?
The Journey So Far!
What’s in it for you?
What’s next?
Who am I?
BITS Pilani Alumni with 15 years of industry
experience
Past stints include Sun Microsystems, Alcatel-Lucent,
Siemens, Conexant
In love with technology and passionate about
learning!
Mobile & Cloud Evangelist
Who am I?
How I landed on TopCoder?
How I landed at TopCoder?
Learn new technologies!
Brush up my existing skills!
Compete against the best of the best!
A bit of extra cash doesn’t hurt 
The Journey So Far!
January 2012 – Signed up
Won my 1st challenge!
The Journey So Far!
January 2013 – 50 Wins
Learnt Swift, node.js, Improved existing Android,
Objective-C, Salesforce Skills
Learnt there is more to PhotoShop beyond cropping
images, developed a different perspective towards
UI/UX
The Journey So Far!
January 2014 – 93 Wins
Learnt Ruby on Rails, ‘R’
Prize money – pay off loans, gadget frenzy and
some noble causes
The Journey So Far!
Sep 2014 – Nominated to Community Advisory Board
The Journey So Far!
Nov 2014 – Won a Trip to TCO14 Finals
What’s In It for You?
Unparalleled Learning Opportunity
Compete with the best!
Polish your skills!
Break the barriers!
What’s Next?
Sign Up!
Start competing!
Do {
Learn from the feedback!
Try!
Try! Try till you succeed}
While (!success)
What’s Next?
Got Questions?
Thank You!

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My TopCoder Journey - How I reinvented myself as a Developer

  • 1. My TopCoder Journey – How I Re-invented myself as a developer? Gaurav Kheterpal @talesforce
  • 2.
  • 3. AGENDA Who am I? How I landed on TopCoder? The Journey So Far! What’s in it for you? What’s next?
  • 4. Who am I? BITS Pilani Alumni with 15 years of industry experience Past stints include Sun Microsystems, Alcatel-Lucent, Siemens, Conexant In love with technology and passionate about learning! Mobile & Cloud Evangelist
  • 6. How I landed on TopCoder?
  • 7. How I landed at TopCoder? Learn new technologies! Brush up my existing skills! Compete against the best of the best! A bit of extra cash doesn’t hurt 
  • 8. The Journey So Far! January 2012 – Signed up Won my 1st challenge!
  • 9. The Journey So Far! January 2013 – 50 Wins Learnt Swift, node.js, Improved existing Android, Objective-C, Salesforce Skills Learnt there is more to PhotoShop beyond cropping images, developed a different perspective towards UI/UX
  • 10. The Journey So Far! January 2014 – 93 Wins Learnt Ruby on Rails, ‘R’ Prize money – pay off loans, gadget frenzy and some noble causes
  • 11. The Journey So Far! Sep 2014 – Nominated to Community Advisory Board
  • 12. The Journey So Far! Nov 2014 – Won a Trip to TCO14 Finals
  • 13. What’s In It for You? Unparalleled Learning Opportunity Compete with the best! Polish your skills! Break the barriers!
  • 14. What’s Next? Sign Up! Start competing! Do { Learn from the feedback! Try! Try! Try till you succeed} While (!success)