Hey. I'm Tailai.

I'm a software developer, student leader, and change-maker.

Scroll down to get to know me :)

About Me

In case you were wondering... It's pronounced "Tie-Lie" and it originates from an old Chinese proverb.

I'm a 2B Computer Science and Business Administration Double Degree student at the University of Waterloo. I have a burning passion for technology and a desire to empower and impact my communities.

In my spare time, I love rock climbing, hiking, and the outdoors. I regularly attend and organize hackathons to meet inspiring people and develop cool stuff. I'm also a community leader with heavy involvement in different initiatives centered around education and youth athletics.

I've previously interned as an iOS Engineer at the Sonova Innovation Lab and as a BTSS Analyst for the Production Engineering team at Questrade, and worked as a full-stack engineer at knct. Feel free to contact me if you have any interesting opportunities!


I write sometimes (poorly).

(In)justice, again

Why is anti-asian hate and rhetoric normalized?

Mar. 18th, 2021

To the Moon

Occupying Wall Street from Reddit

Jan. 26th, 2021

A House Divided

Some political commentary that nobody needs

Jan. 7th, 2021


Bringing people up and unlocking one's fullest potential

Oct. 16th, 2020

The Beginner's Guide to Online Hackathons

Tips and tricks from knowing a little about a lot

Jul. 11th, 2020


Society's failure and how running with Ahmaud Arbery charged me

May 28th, 2020

1A in CS/BBA

A reflection on everything and everyone that made my 1A term happen

Feb. 19th, 2020

The Mamba and Me

Remembering a legend and the sport that shaped my life

Feb. 14th, 2020

The Art of Shred

A brief recollection of my 5 years of journeys as a snowboarder

Jan. 3rd, 2020

Reading for Growth and Inspiration

What I learned about the world and myself through my month of literature and motivational quotes

Dec. 27th, 2019


A little collection of what I've been up to recently!

See My Devpost Profile for some of the projects I've worked on.

BU111 Live Case Competition

Won 2nd Place at the 2019 BU111 Live Case Competition, sponsored by HP.

Hack the North 2019

Won the Accenture Prize at Hack the North 2019 for tourhub, our Firebase web app! (see GitHub)

Student Advocacy

Served the VMSS community by leading the movement to save the Moduflex timetabling system. Was also active in the province-wide #StudentsSayNo protests.


Longtime volunteer, 2017 executive and 2018 co-chair for the All-Night Social and Children's Christmas Party at Vincent Massey S.S.


Served as MH4 Outreach Executive and MH5 Head of Activities. Generated over $3000 in event sponsorship and organized event programming at Canada's largest high-school MLH hackathon.

Outdoors Enthusiast

Avid rock climber, hiker, and snowboarder. Love the outdoors and the fascinating stories that come with it.

Varsity Athletics

4-year Varsity Athlete at VMSS, earning unanimous WECSSAA All-City Honors for Sr. Boys Volleyball in 2019.

Aquatics Instructor

Worked as a Senior Lifeguard and Aquatics Instructor at the University of Windsor and at Adventure Bay Family Water Park.


Won 1st Place at BorderCityHacks II for anKNOWtate, a Java GUI that used Google Cloud Vision to process text for English Students

Math Enrichment

Windsor Math Enrichment Program student under Dr. J Bruce White, with honor roll finishes in multiple CEMC contests.


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