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Forat Bahrani

Freelance Competitive Programmer
CanadaToptal Member Since February 18, 2022

A passionate developer, Forat started coding when he was 13 years old. He has won 1st place in national competitive programming for two years in a row. Forat is currently working for one of the largest fintech companies on products used by millions of users daily. A self-reliant person who does not need to be micromanaged, he is known for excellent time management skills and being result-oriented.

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Akif Patel

Freelance Competitive Programmer
United StatesToptal Member Since June 25, 2021

Akif is a skilled developer with experience in full-stack web and mobile development. Due to his intensive involvement in competitive programming, he is very knowledgeable about data structures and algorithms. Akif has used that knowledge to develop a project to detect anomalies in data sources at Google.

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Anass Bendarsi

Freelance Competitive Programmer
MoroccoToptal Member Since December 13, 2021

Anass is a full-stack developer specializing in Node.js, React, and MongoDB. With his enthusiasm for competitive programming, algorithms, and data structure, he enjoys solving complex problems. Anass thrives in collaborative environments working on innovative projects for clients from different countries.

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Johan Sokrates Wind

Freelance Competitive Programmer
NorwayToptal Member Since February 25, 2021

With experience as a world-class competitive programmer and as a software developer at ARM, Johan enjoys doing projects using advanced algorithms, data structures, and numerical methods, writing high-performance implementations in C++, possibly combined with some scripting in python. His specialties are complex algorithms and advanced computer vision algorithms such as simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM). You can check out his competitive programming achievements below.

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Santiago Vanegas Gil

Freelance Competitive Programmer
CanadaToptal Member Since June 5, 2017

Santiago is a software engineer passionate about computer science, algorithms, and data structures. He's been working with Android since 2016 with a mostly US clientele and has some experience with simple back-end projects. Santiago has also led teams in agile environments to bring features from conception to launch, working closely with BA/QA and other disciplines.

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Massimo Cairo

Freelance Competitive Programmer
LithuaniaToptal Member Since November 22, 2021

Massimo wrote the first line of code at seven and won the first medal in an international programming competition at 16. He is currently a full-stack and web developer most fluent in React, although he has worked with a wide range of technologies in the past. He loves solving complex problems and, at the age of 30, he already has 20+ publications in algorithms and theoretical computer science. Massimo is also the founder and sole developer of DoYouNotes.com, a study tool for students.

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Paweł Balon

Freelance Competitive Programmer
PolandToptal Member Since February 22, 2022

Paweł is a former competitive programmer, and by the age of 25, he had already become the global head of AI research for UBS IB Tech. As a cross-functional technology leader, he's worked with teams across Poland, Singapore, the US, and the UK. Even as an executive, Paweł stayed close to tech, thoughtfully translating the newest AI research into business products. Paweł is known for designing one of the best information retrieval platforms in the world. He's fluent in Python and in love with NLP.

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Ivan Alejandro Garcia Porcel

Freelance Competitive Programmer
BoliviaToptal Member Since August 31, 2022

Ivan is a back-end software engineer with ten years of experience working on Java-related technologies and developing from monolithic applications to microservices in multiple industries, such as healthcare, automotive, and antivirus software. He can assimilate new ideas efficiently and deliver thoughtful solutions to complex problems. Ivan enjoys participating in hackathons and competitive programming contests.

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Jose Luis Acevedo

Freelance Competitive Programmer
LuxembourgToptal Member Since May 9, 2019

Jose has a solid academic background in computer science (culminating in a master’s thesis on AI) and is an exceptional software engineer with proven work experience—delivering top-notch engineering programs for a German IT company. Jose also worked on Amazon's EU Marketplaces improving the Payments and Seller Experience. He keeps his development skills sharp by participating in competitions. He has placed as a TopCoder Division 1 programmer and ACM-ICPC competitive programming world finalist.

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Andrey Zakaryan

Freelance Competitive Programmer
ArmeniaToptal Member Since December 29, 2021

Andrey is a software developer who loves finding optimal solutions to complex tasks. He has acquired a broad scope of skills but never stops learning new technologies and sharing his knowledge with colleagues and students. Andrey has worked on a wide range of projects, from computer vision to trading. He develops mainly in C++ and Python but is also open to other web programming opportunities.

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Victor Marcilio Peixoto

Freelance Competitive Programmer
BrazilToptal Member Since August 16, 2022

Victor is an audacious developer who started coding for fun in various programming competitions in 2011. Passionate about using programming to solve complex problems and puzzles, he is obsessed with clean code and excels in algorithms, data structures, and C++ STL. Victor is a former bank consultant with an eagle's eye for spotting subtleties in code reviews, willing to embrace challenging projects.

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I am more than pleased with our experience with Toptal. The professional I got to work with was on the phone with me within a couple of hours. I knew after discussing my project with him that he was the candidate I wanted. I hired him immediately and he wasted no time in getting to my project, even going the extra mile by adding some great design elements that enhanced our overall look.

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The developers I was paired with were incredible -- smart, driven, and responsive. It used to be hard to find quality engineers and consultants. Now it isn't.

Ryan Rockefeller


Toptal understood our project needs immediately. We were matched with an exceptional freelancer from Argentina who, from Day 1, immersed himself in our industry, blended seamlessly with our team, understood our vision, and produced top-notch results. Toptal makes connecting with superior developers and programmers very easy.

Jason Kulik


As a small company with limited resources we can't afford to make expensive mistakes. Toptal provided us with an experienced programmer who was able to hit the ground running and begin contributing immediately. It has been a great experience and one we'd repeat again in a heartbeat.

Stuart Pocknee


How to Hire Competitive Programmers Through Toptal


Talk to One of Our Industry Experts

A Toptal director of engineering will work with you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.

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Within days, we'll introduce you to the right Competitive programmer for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.

The Right Fit, Guaranteed

Work with your new Competitive programmer for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.


  • How are Toptal Competitive programmers different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Competitive programmers to ensure we only match you with talent of the highest caliber. Of the more than 200,000 people who apply to join the Toptal network each year, fewer than 3% make the cut. You’ll work with engineering experts (never generalized recruiters or HR reps) to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics. The end result: expert vetted talent from our network, custom matched to fit your business needs.

  • Can I hire Competitive programmers in less than 48 hours through Toptal?

    Depending on availability and how fast you can progress, you could start working with a Competitive programmer within 48 hours of signing up.

  • What is the no-risk trial period for Toptal Competitive programmers?

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Competitive programmer begins with a trial period of up to two weeks. This means that you have time to confirm the engagement will be successful. If you’re completely satisfied with the results, we’ll bill you for the time and continue the engagement for as long as you’d like. If you’re not completely satisfied, you won’t be billed. From there, we can either part ways, or we can provide you with another expert who may be a better fit and with whom we will begin a second, no-risk trial.

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    Trusted Experts Only

    All of our talent are seasoned experts who ramp up quickly, readily contribute as core team members, and work with you to minimize onboarding time.

  • The Right Fit

    The Right Fit

    We have a knack for matching you with the right fit. Start working with your new hire on a no-risk trial period, paying only if satisfied.

  • Scale as Needed

    Scale as Needed

    Hire talent within 48 hours and scale your team up or down as needed, no strings attached.

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    Seamless Hiring

    We handle all aspects of billing, payments, and NDA’s. Let us take care of the overhead while you focus on building great products.

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    Flexible Engagements

    Choose the engagement type that suits your needs — hourly, part-time, or full-time — with the ability to change anytime.

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    Expert Talent Matching

    Focus on your project and enjoy support from your dedicated account executive and expert talent matcher.

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