Speakers and Judges

Whitney Code Jam 2020

Speakers for Code Jam 2020

Kelly Nguyen

Kelly Nguyen

Keynote Speaker

Kelly is the Founder and CEO of IDLogiq, a company that provides anti-counterfeit technologies. Prior to IDLogiq, Kelly was the CoFounder/CEO of Mission Road Pharmacy, a specialty pharmacy with annualized revenue of $160M+, growing >200% annually prior to getting acquired.

In 2018, Kelly was one of the four Female Entrepreneurs of the year from the Asian Business Association LA. She was also the keynote speaker at the Leadership Convention 2018 for NAAAP (National Association of Asian American Professionals) in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 2019, Kelly was nominated for the Magic Johnson Healthcare Award. She's also a Board Director of the Asian Business Association Los Angeles.

Steve Wong

Steve Wong

Workshop Leader

Steven Wong is a software engineer employed by VMware. He has been working on the Cloud Native Computing Foundation's Kubernetes project since 2015. On the topic of computers, he says that they were important to vastly amplifying human abilities related to the ingestion, analysis, and retention of information. He believes that computer science is essential because it provides a systematically reasoned approach to creating technological solutions that can drastically improve quality of life.

Mr. Wong will be delivering a talk on new technologies that will revolutionize methods of communication.

Danny Cho

Danny Cho

Workshop Leader

Danny is a software engineer at Facebook working on building analytical databases. 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.

At Code Jam 2020, Danny will be holding a workshop focused on using APIs such as Twilio and Microsoft Azure.

Logan Theiring

Logan Theiring

Workshop Leader

Logan is a current senior at Whitney High School. A current student in the CTE pathway's capstone course on Artificial Intelligence, Logan enjoys programming in his free time in a variety of languages and environments, and brushing up his skills in graphic design.

Logan will be holding a workshop with fellow student Adrian Poitras on the basics of using Python and the Pygame library.

Adrian Poitras

Workshop Leader

Adrian is a senior at Whitney High School, and is also a current student in the CTE pathway's capstone course on Artificial Intelligence. In his spare time, Adrian enjoys building and programming drones and other small devices on platforms such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino, tuning the settings on his 3D printer, or managing the Robotics team's CNC machine.

Adrian will be holding a workshop with fellow student Logan Theiring on the basics of using Python and the Pygame library.

Jason Jewik

Jason Jewik

Workshop Leader / Judge

Jason Jewik is a current freshman at UCLA, an alum of Whitney High School, and the founder of Whitney Code Jam. In his free time, Jason works on programming games and participating as a member of various CS organizations at UCLA.

At Code Jam 2020, Jason will be holding a workshop focused on the basics of back-end web development, using SQL, NodeJS, and Postman.

Judges for Code Jam 2020

Eamon Marchant

Judge

Eamon Marchant is a STEM teacher and technology coordinator at Whitney High School. He believes that with the proliferation of digital information and communication, computer science and a basic understanding of technology is just as important as literacy. He hopes that all his students gain the knowledge and practice necessary to utilize technology mindfully and confidently so that they may become leaders and innovators as things continue to rapidly advance forward.

Matt Johnson

Judge

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.

Jason Jewik

Judge / Workshop Leader

Jason Jewik is a current freshman at UCLA, an alum of Whitney High School, and the founder of Whitney Code Jam. In his free time, Jason works on programming games and participating as a member of various CS organizations at UCLA.