Our Team

Adam Goldstein

Adam is a senior at Centennial High School. He participates in a variety of Mock Trial, business, and computer science clubs and organizations. He also plays percussion in a number of school bands. In his free time, he enjoys computer science, food, and music.

Sakshi Gholap

Sakshi is a senior at Centennial High School where she is actively involved in her schools’s clubs and honor societies including President of Girls Who Code, Director of Technology in girlSTEMpowerment, Tutoring Chair of Science National Honor Society, and Member at Large of National Honor Society. She also loves to dance and is part of her school’s dance team and president of the indian dance club. In her free time, she teaches and learns karate, and enjoys being with her friends.

Keshav Ganapathy
Vice President of Competition Coordination

Keshav is a senior at Centennial High School, where he is part of the school's tennis team, computer science club, robotics club, and multiple honor societies. Outside of school, he is a part of APL’s ASPIRE program, a tutor for Teens Give, and is the co-founder of a volunteer organization called WebPoint. In his free time, Keshav competes at hackathons, plays basketball, and listens to music.

Aditya Balasubramanian
Vice President of Outreach

Aditya is a senior at Centennial High School, where he is part of the school's soccer team, President of Speech & Debate and FBLA (future business leaders of America), Vice President of National Math Honor Society, a member of Red Cross, and National Honor Society. Outside of school, he is a programming volunteer at FoodonThe15th, a developer creating a chrome extension, and an aspiring card magician. In his free time, Aditya competes at hackathons, plays the game Among Us, and occasionally takes a leisurely jog through his neighborhood.

Annabel Rose

Annabel is a junior at Centennial High School, where she is on the school dance team, co-president of Girl Up, a member of Class Board, Best Buddies, and Young Democrats, and a part of multiple honor societies. She also serves as Howard County’s representative to the Maryland SMOB Advisory Council. Outside of school, she is the Chief Operating Officer of a STEM-based nonprofit called Girls Click, a tutor for Global Guru, and part of the Maryland High School Democrats Expansion Committee. In her free time, Annabel enjoys listening to music and working at a local pizzeria.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Hackathon?

A Hackathon is an event that brings novice and experienced coders together in order to create innovative projects involving code.

Do I need to know how to code?

No, you don't! Even if you aren't able to code beforehand, you can attend workshops to learn some code, and still submit a project.

Who can attend?

HocoHacks is open to all middle and high school students. However, anyone is welcome to drop by and see what participants are working on.

What's the team limit and what if I don't have a team?

No problem! Many participants arrive without a team, and you can meet and work with new people. You can also choose to work alone. The limit is 4 people per team.

What is the topic and what can I make?

The topic will be revealed on the day of the hackathon (so as to avoid cheating). For your hack, possibilities are websites, mobile or desktop apps, or even hardware projects.

How much does it cost?

HocoHacks is free for all participants! You can visit excitign workshopws and have the opportuntiy to get swag (free stuff)!

What do I need?

You will probably need a laptop!

Can I use past projects?

Anyone caught working on past projects will be forced to sit in the corner and wear the dunce hat. Don't give yourself an unfair advantage over your fellow competitors.

Will hardware be provided?

Due to the virtual format, hardware unfortunately won't be provided.

How do I win?

The judges are looking for original, innovative, and well-functioning projects. Bonus points for a project with real-world application!

Is there a code of conduct?

All normal Howard County school rules apply.

More Questions?

Feel free to contact us at hocohacks1@gmail.com!


Schedule (Subject to change)

Time Activity
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Opening Ceremony
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Introduction Workshops (Java, Python, and Web Development)
11:15 AM- 12:00 PM Typer Racer Tournament!
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Jessica Goodard on ASPIRE, Internships, Resume-Building, and More!
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Krunker.io Tournament!
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM Devpost Walkthrough!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Career paths and skills in software engineering with QA Engineer Brian Wu from UChicago.
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Guiding the College Application process as a Computer Science major
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Mathematical Muffin Morsels: Nobody wants a small piece. Presented by Dr. William Gasarch from the University of Maryland College Park.
8:00 PM Devpost Submissions due
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM Judges ask questions with video submissions
8:30 PM - 9:00 PM Compile Results
9:00 PM - 9:30 PM Closing Ceremonies and Winners!