Speakers and Judges

ABC Code Jam 2022

Speakers for Code Jam 2022

Danny Cho

Danny Cho

Keynote Speaker

Danny is currently a Software Engineer working on core infrastructure at Google. Danny has had experiences in distributed systems, databases, networking, and security.

Danny thinks that computer science is important because computers have become substantially powerful and accessible - solutions that we can build through CS can impact the world at an unprecedented scale, and access to a laptop grants you (almost) the same development tools and power as a professional engineer. If you've ever been curious about how you're able to send selfies through Snapchat or how Fortnite allows you to shoot others down so smoothly, Computer Science may be the field for you.

Nairrit Sengupta

Nairrit Sengupta

Intro to GitHub Workshop Leader

Nairrit is a sophomore at Whitney High School and loves the fields of physics and computer science.

He explores the fields both separately and in their harmony with things such as computerized physics engines. Through his participation in Code Jam and Robotics Club, Nairrit hopes to learn even more about STEM and its intricacies in high school and beyond.

Varun Bharadwaj

Varun Bharadwaj

Tic-Tac-Toe with Python Workshop Leader

Varun is a Freshman studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley.

Varun was the head event coordinator of Code Jam 2021, and is an alumni mentor of Whitney's Robotics Team. He's interested in Robotics and the integration of hardware and software systems.

Justin Ji

Justin Ji

Intro to Mathematica Workshop Leader

Justin is a senior at Whitney High School and is interested in the intersection of astronomy and computer science.

He enjoys modeling physical processes with computation, including near-Earth asteroid orbits, watersheds, lunar walking simulations, and more! As part of the Code Jam, STEM Club, and Computer Science Club teams, Justin hopes to engage more students with STEM and inspire underrepresented demographics to pursue computer science.

Harry Yuan

Harry Yuan

Intro to Blockchain Development Workshop Leader

Harry is a Freshman at UC Berkeley, studying both EECS and Business Management in the Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology program.

He’s interested in cryptocurrency trading and development, and he just built his first cryptocurrency trading bot this year!

Chris Mattmann

Chris Mattmann

AI at NASA JPL Workshop Leader

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, his work has helped NASA explore space, and helped journalists and governments track international financial crime amongst the world’s elite across the globe.

He is best known for a 20-year career inventing the most downloaded software on the planet creating technology that powers all the data systems in the industry. Tika, the “digital babel fish” is the key technology that solved the Panama Papers and won the Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 2017.

Check out Mattman.ai!

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Judges for Code Jam 2022

Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson

Judge / Faculty Advisor

Matt Johnson is a teacher of physics and artificial intelligence at Whitney High School. He believes that the computer is the defining invention and device of modern humanity. As such, all young people need have at least some exposure to the logic upon computers are built. In order to be self-sufficient, useful, and aware of how society is changing, the computer needs to be a tool students can enjoy and command rather than some mystery device.

Danny Cho

Danny Cho

Keynote Speaker / Judge

Danny is currently a Software Engineer working on core infrastructure at Google. Danny has had experiences in distributed systems, databases, networking, and security.

Danny thinks that computer science is important because computers have become substantially powerful and accessible - solutions that we can build through CS can impact the world at an unprecedented scale, and access to a laptop grants you (almost) the same development tools and power as a professional engineer. If you've ever been curious about how you're able to send selfies through Snapchat or how Fortnite allows you to shoot others down so smoothly, Computer Science may be the field for you.

Richard Crow

Richard Crow

Judge / Faculty Advisor

Richard Crow is a Computer Science teacher at Cerritos High School. Richard has been a teacher for over ten years, and prior to teaching Computer Science he taught Math at both Cerritos High and Teztlaff Middle schools. He graduated from California State University in Fullerton, and did his student teaching at Cerritos High. Richard loves teaching Computer Science because it allows him to encourage students to pursue STEM fields in college.

Amar Gandhi

Amar Gandhi

Judge

Amar is a sophomore Computer Science major at Cal Poly Pomona and an alumni of Whitney High School.

During his time at Whitney, he led the WHS Robotics software team and helped coordinate Code Jams 2019 and 2020. He’s currently working on research in computer vision/AI, building a full-stack web application, and tutoring students in computer science/software engineering.