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LancerHacks VI

What is LancerHacks?

LancerHacks VI is the sixth annual twelve-hour hackathon organized by SFHacks, the student-led programming club at Saint Francis High School. In partnership with the school, LancerHacks will take place in person on Saturday, February 11, 2023, and will host approximately 150 students from local high schools.

Each year we pick a carefully thought out theme. This year the theme for LancerHacks VI is “Upside Down.” We encourage attendees to think outside the box and reimagine the future by taking a disruptive leap instead of the same old thing. Feel free to interpret the prompt however you want -- get creative!

Supplementing the main project-development element of the hackathon through a variety of challenges and events, LancerHacks will continue to emphasize collaboration among attendees, mentorship by peers and industry experts, attendance at speaker sessions and workshops, and expanding the traditional understanding of computer science and its various daily-life applications.

We encourage interested students with all levels of expertise to attend the event to experience how the power of computer science can be leveraged in numerous fields and how this potential is enhanced when one applies a creative and personal touch. The underlying message of LancerHacks is that computer science is for everyone: it is not just for one type of person; it requires a variety of perspectives, an ability to think outside of the box, and a level of social awareness to identify communities that have the potential to improve in the field of computer science.












Before Lancerhacks


February 11, 2023

Speakers and Panelists

Muffi Ghadiali

Muffi Ghadiali is General Manager of Ford Pro Charging and CEO of Electriphi, a technology start-up acquired by Ford Motor Company in 2021. He leads Commercial EV charging strategy and execution within Ford Pro, a global vehicle series and distribution business delivering seamless integration of commercial vehicles, services and charging solutions. Mr. Ghadiali has over 25 years of technology leadership with domain expertise in EVs, charging infrastructure and energy solutions.

Sophia Sun

Sophia Sun is a senior product manager at Microsoft working on AR, VR, short-form video, and education products. Sophia is also co-host of bamboo & glass podcast, where she highlights stories about learning, unlearning, and discovering the abundant possibilities of who you choose to be.

Roshni Venkatesan Suresh

Roshni Venkatesan Suresh is a current Hardware Rotation Program Engineer at Intel Corporation. She was also a Physical Design Engineer intern with the same team. Ms. Suresh completed her master’s in Computer Engineering at ASU and was a Graduate Researcher for one of the projects funded by NASA and ISRO. Her main interest lies in designing chips and looking out for timing violations. In the future, she would like to lead a team in one of the business units at Intel, and potentially dream to start her executive MBA at Stanford/MIT/Harvard!

Lonna Edwards

Dr. Lonna Edwards is an Application Engineer at Intel. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Ms. Edwards has been honored on her outreach efforts to help introduce STEM to underrepresented students.

Arelys Navarro

Arelys is an engineer under the Intel PSG Hardware Rotation Program. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering at UC Irvine and UC Los Angeles respectively. At Intel, she has rotated within three different teams under the hardware umbrella including physical design, reliability, and architecture. In addition to her technical work, Arelys participates in recruiting events at universities and outreach events in the community. As a young professional, Arelys is always looking for opportunities to grow within her field and develop her technical skills. In the future, she would like to focus on a role in architecture design while continuing to support students and under-represented minorities in STEM.

LancerHacks is honored to have such amazing, dedicated and experienced speakers.


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event at which programmers of all skill levels can come together and create. They are perfect opportunities to experiment and learn.

Do I need any prior experience in computer science?

Nope! Hackathons are a great place to learn and gain experience; we have plenty of workshops and mentors.

Who can attend?

Anyone currently in high school or 8th grade.

Will there be prizes?

Yes, there will be prizes!

Do I need a team?

No, but we strongly encourage collaboration, so if you don’t have a team, let us know on the RSVP form and we’ll help you find one.

When/where is it?

LancerHacks is taking place on Saturday, February 11, 2023, 7:30 am - 10:00 pm at the Saint Francis Campus. Please check the schedule for more information. All registrants will be sent an email with more information.

Is it free?

Yes! Admission, swag, workshops -- everything is free.

How big are the teams?

Up to four people.

Do I have to stay for the whole event?

No. We understand that everyone has busy schedules and may not be able to stay for the entire event. Contact us to make arrangements.

More questions?

Email us at with any questions you have.



About Saint Francis High School

Founded in 1955 by the Brothers of Holy Cross at the invitation of the Archbishop of San Francisco, Saint Francis High School is a leading coeducational, diverse, Catholic, college preparatory school focused on educating the whole person. With a proven reputation for excellence in academics, athletics, activities and the arts, over 100 faculty members prepare approximately 1700 Saint Francis students for the rigors of college and the challenges of global citizenship in the enduring Holy Cross tradition. Graduating students attend the finest colleges and universities in the nation with 97% of the 2017 graduates admitted to a four-year university and 100% attending college. Saint Francis High School is located in Mountain View, Calif., approximately 35 miles south of San Francisco. For more information, visit

Saint Francis High School, sponsored by the Brothers of Holy Cross, admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin. The school does not discriminate based on disability if the student is otherwise qualified and can, with reasonable accommodations, meet the graduation requirements of the school.

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The Team

Ruhi Yusuf

Ruhi is a junior at Saint Francis. She's interested in computer science, robotics, and music.

Nitish Gourishetty

Nitish Gourishetty is a senior at Saint Francis High School. He loves immersing himself into the world of technology through clubs like Robotics and Arduino.

Nina Le Van

Nina is a sophomore at Saint Francis. She enjoys art, 3D printing, and math. In her free time, she likes to read, paint, and play video games with her friends.

Pranav Amarnath

Pranav is a senior at Saint Francis. He likes programming, CADing, and robotics.

Katherine Winton

Katherine is a sophomore at Saint Francis High School. She likes programming, reading, art, and music. She participates in the tech clubs, newspaper, and campus ministry.

Raffaella Laguteta

Raffaella is a freshman at Saint Francis. She enjoys listening to music and reading good books in her free time

Aarush Kachhawa

Aarush is a senior at Saint Francis. In addition to LancerHacks, he is involved with the robotics team and the jazz band in school. In his free time he loves to hang out with his friends, play basketball, listen to music and spend time with his family.

Rohan Sinha

Rohan is a senior at Saint Francis. In addition to tinkering with the world of computer science, he enjoys graphic design, biology research, and a good pun.

Devansh Malik

Devansh is a sophomore at Saint Francis. He enjoys programming and medical research. Apart from clubs and extracurriculars, Devansh enjoys watching comedy TV shows on the weekends.

Smriti Vijay

Smriti is a sophomore at Saint Francis. She participates in IFSA, debate, newspaper, and the tech clubs. She likes reading, writing, and listening to music.

Lino Le Van

Lino is an alumni of Saint Francis. He loves programming and wants to share his passion with the world through hackathons like these.

LancerHacks is organized by sfhacks, the SFHS Programming Club, run by a team of enthusiastic, motivated, and dedicated students.