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 5B Computer Science and Business Administration Double Degree student at the University of Waterloo. I've previously interned as a ML Infra SWE at IMC, FDE at Palantir, SWE at Tile, an iOS Engineer at the Sonova Innovation Lab, and as a BTSS Analyst for the Production Engineering team at Questrade.

In my spare time, I love fitness, hiking, and the outdoors. I organize hackathons (Hack the North!) and work as a teaching assistant at school. I also compete in business case competitions with Wilfrid Laurier University's International Case Team, where I learn about strategic management and apply it to companies all over the world.

Feel free to reach out if you have any interesting opportunities in engineering!


I write sometimes (poorly).

Working in the UK

A reflection on my co-op term at Palantir

November 23rd, 2023

The Best Decision I've Made

Some lessons from taking my fitness seriously

May 20th, 2022

Glory to the Heroes

Some thoughts on war, the glorified waste of human life

Mar. 6th, 2022

To Continue to Dream

How I didn't realize that "To Continue" is the most important part

Dec. 31st, 2021

(In)justice, again

Why is anti-asian hate and rhetoric normalized?

Mar. 18th, 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


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