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LancerHacks VII

What is LancerHacks?

LancerHacks VII is the seventh annual twelve-hour hackathon organized by the students at Saint Francis High School. This year, LancerHacks will take place in person from 8 AM to 10 PM on Saturday March 9, 2024, hosting approximately 150 students.

By implementing a variety of engaging challenges and activities to supplement the project-developing component of hackathons, LancerHacks emphasizes collaboration among attendees, mentorship through peers and industry experts, and attendance of speaker events—all while expanding on the traditional understanding and various everyday applications of computer science, providing a unique learning experience for all participants.

We encourage students of all experience levels to attend the event to perceive the impact and potential of computer science when applied with a creative and personal touch. LancerHacks believes that computer science is for everyone, as it requires a variety of perspectives, the ability to think outside of the box, and social awareness to identify opportunities for improving communities through the assistance of computer science.












Before LancerHacks


March 9, 2024

Speakers and Panelists

Sujata Kosalge

Sujata Kosalge is Vice President of Engineering for the Core Data organization at Google. Core Data is responsible for data at Google, working closely with teams across the company to serve their data needs. Joining Google as an engineer in 2007, she was an integral part of the growth of Google’s Adwords API before leaving Ads. Sujata is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion, and is proud to have held the DEI chair for Ads, and a committee member for Core. Sujata is also one of the global co-chairs for Women@ ERG group, and is excited about the responsibility of making Google a more inclusive and equitable workplace for Women. Prior to joining Google, Sujata was an engineer at eBay and worked in their infrastructure group. In her free time, she loves to travel with her husband and two boys.

Weiwei Yan

Weiwei is a product manager at Google, working on user insights platforms for data-driven decision making. Before being a product manager, she was a software engineer for five years. Her interest is utilizing new technologies to encourage innovation and augment human capabilities. She is excited to share her knowledge and experience with high school students, inspiring them to explore the limitless potential of their own paths in technology.

Rosemary Emery-Montemerlo

Rosemary Emery-Montemerlo is an Engineering Director at Google. She leads efforts to improve the developer experience for the information retrieval infrastructure that underpins many Google products, including Search. Prior to joining Google in 2006, Rosemary received a B.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. As an undergraduate, her internship experiences were varied, from getting to use the same gym as astronauts at the Canadian Space Agency to testing control boards in a faraday cage next to a top-secret animatronic dinosaur. In graduate school, Rosemary spent several years teaching robots how to play soccer.

Neha Chourasia

Neha Chourasia is an engineering leader on the Science-Technology team at Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, where she spearheads the development of innovative tools and technologies to help accelerate the pace of biomedical research. With a background at Oracle, Neha brings extensive experience in building core software components and frameworks, which have been instrumental in optimizing business processes for numerous customers. Beyond her professional endeavours, Neha is deeply committed to volunteering and practising yoga. She shares her practice with a small group as part of her holistic lifestyle.

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?

No prior experience is needed!

Who can attend? Is it free?

Anyone currently in high school or 8th grade. Yes! Admission, swag, workshops -- everything is free.

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.

How big are the teams?

Up to four people.

What should I bring?

A laptop, a charger, and yourself!

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.

What should I do if I have any dietary restrictions?

A form will be sent out to all registrants regarding information about food and catering, just make sure to list any dietary restrictions there! We will provide vegetarian options, and try our best to accomodate any other dietary restrictions.



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 senior at Saint Francis. At Saint Francis, she's the president of Robotics and leads the programming club. In her free time, Ruhi enjoys listening to music, playing instruments, and collecting stickers.

Rohan Mittal

Rohan is a junior at Saint Francis. He enjoys programming, working out, and robotics.

Nina Le Van

Nina is a junior at Saint Francis. She enjoys art, 3D printing, and going to the gym. In her free time, she likes to read, paint, and go hiking with her friends.

Tim Le Van

Tim is a freshman at Saint Francis. He is involved in 3D printing, coding, and soccer. He likes to play video games, read, and go hiking/biking.

Katherine Winton

Katherine is a junior at Saint Francis. Within school, she is involved in tech clubs, campus ministry, and newspaper. Outside of school, she likes to read, do art, play with her dog, and watch Marvel movies.

Lily Ozaeta

Lily is a junior at Saint Francis. She enjoys 3D printing, reading, and baking. In her free time, she loves to travel around the Bay Area and drink coffee at cafes.

Ashmit Kachhawa

Ashmit is a sophomore at Saint Francis. He is part of the robotics club and science Olympiad, and in his free time he likes to draw.

Yanik Dabke

Yanik is a senior at Saint Francis. At Saint Francis, he is involved in debate, track & field, and programming. In his free time he enjoys developing games, dancing, and playing Minecraft.

Smriti Vijay

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

Salma Afifiy

Salma is a junior at Saint Francis. She enjoys art, 3D printing, and puzzles. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her friends and naps.

Caroline Luu

Caroline is a sophomore at Saint Francis. She is involved in VSA, robotics, and crochet club. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, journaling, and watching movies.

Eshaan Andotra

Eshaan is a senior at Saint Francis. At Saint Francis, He is involved in motorsport engineering, gaming club, BRIC bros, and FASU. In his free time he enjoys going out with friends, crew (rowing), traveling, learning new languages, and playing video games.

Akshara Panchumarthi

Akshara is a sophomore at Saint Francis. She is involved in robotics and newspaper. In her free time, she enjoys bullet journaling, trying new foods, and going on walks.

Reshaan Tolani

Reshaan Tolani is a high school senior with a keen interest in technology and entrepreneurship. Aspiring to make a mark in the digital landscape, Reshaan combines academic excellence with a passion for innovation, showcasing a promising future in the tech industry.

Philip Wang

Philip Wang is a computer science teacher and volleyball coach at Saint Francis. He has been teaching for 19+ years and enjoys riding motorcycles in his free time.

LancerHacks is organized by a team of enthusiastic, motivated, and dedicated students at Saint Francis.