About Us

VandyHacks is an undergraduate student organization dedicated to fostering a more inclusive computer science community and innovative "hacker culture" at Vanderbilt University. We accomplish this mission by hosting free workshops, collaborative study nights, and our signature hackathon: an annual, 36-hour software development marathon where hundreds of attendees come together to ideate and build both fun and practical projects.

Upcoming Hackathons

Stay tuned for VandyHacks VIII!

Members

The VandyHacks Board consists of 40+ organizers who are committed to creating learning experiences that are accessible and applicable to all. Meet the team below!

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Role: President

Year: Sophomore

Home: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

What do you like most about your committee?

It's been such a pleasure leading a hard-working, kind, and motivated team.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

Men in Black was my favorite childhood movie.

Saydolimkhon Agzamkhodjaev

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Role: Senior Advisor, Mentor

Year: Senior

Home: Hyderabad, India

What do you like most about your committee?

All of board is so talented and creative. I love hanging out with y'all :).

What's a fun fact about yourself?

If I sneeze, I sneeze at least 5 times in a row.

Ananya Gondi

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Role: Dev and Content Member

Year: Sophomore

Home: Bangkok, Thailand

What do you like most about your committee?

Everyone has a big brain.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I speak 3 languages fluently - English, Thai, and Spanish!

Siraphob (Ben) Phipathananunth

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Role: Hacker Experience Member

Year: Sophomore

Home: Short Hills, NJ

What do you like most about your committee?

I think I enjoy most all the decorating/theme-based things we do bc I feel like it can contribute a lot to the atmosphere of a hackathon.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I've never broken a bone before.

Claire Yan

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Role: Sponsorship Member

Year: Junior

Home: Toronto, Canada

What do you like most about your committee?

It has to be the people!

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I can bake bagels from scratch!

Zinnie Zhang

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Role: Content Member

Year: Sophomore

Home: Kansas City, MO

What do you like most about your committee?

I like figuring out how to do new and interesting things with programming.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I have dual citizenship in the U.S. and the U.K.

Keshvi Mahalingam

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Role: Hacker Experience Member

Year: Senior

Home: Franklin, TN

What do you like most about your committee?

We specialize in creating unique experiences that makes VandyHacks stand out from other hackathons.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I can solve a Rubik's cube in less than 20 seconds.

Sam Bender

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Role: Dev Member

Year: Senior

Home: Rogers, AR

What do you like most about your committee?

It's so cool to see a community of hackers getting together for a weekend to achieve one common goal of producing an interesting product.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I skipped 5th grade, so I never had to learn stuff like capitals of states (still not sure if South Dakota even exists...).

Ben Redmond

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Role: Sponsorship Member

Year: Sophomore

Home: Qingdao, China

What do you like most about your committee?

Basically everything! Everyone's super nice and very helpful :).

What's a fun fact about yourself?

My MBTI test result is ENFP!

Vanessa Pei

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Role: Hacker Experience Member

Year: Junior

Home: Beijing, China

What do you like most about your committee?

I love to brainstorm different activity ideas with my committee to help to enhance the hackathon experience.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I've been to boarding school since the first grade.

Fay Zhang

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Role: Dev and Content Member

Year: Senior

Home: Miami, FL

What do you like most about your committee?

I love teaching workshops and hearing different people's ideas.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I speak 3 languages.

Tim O'Brien

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Role: President, Mentor

Year: Junior

Home: Austin, TX

What do you like most about your committee?

It's an honor meeting such talented individuals - specifically, my co-president Sayd. I cherish these days to be able to work alongside such a breath-taking individual.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

In my spare time, I like to dabble in the art of yodeling.

Aadarsh Jha

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Role: Dev Committee Advisor

Year: Junior

Home: Patna, India

What do you like most about your committee?

The dev directors for this year are such cool people and I respect them greatly.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I'm ranked Challenger in League of Legends.

Baibhav Vatsa

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Role: Sponsorship Member

Year: Junior

Home: Charlotte, NC

What do you like most about your committee?

IMHO, we are the most fashionable committee :).

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I'm a huge space nerd.

Jacky Zhang

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Role: Director of Operations

Year: Sophomore

Home: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

What do you like most about your committee?

It's great seeing everybody's full devotion to work and desire to make things better.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I was born on Pi Day!

Ilya Ermakov

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Role: Dev Tech Lead

Year: Junior

Home: Boston, MA

What do you like most about your committee?

Everyone is super supportive, and we all want each other to learn and grow.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

According to my hand shape, I would be an earth bender.

Sam Lee

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Role: Sponsorship Committee Advisor, Content Member

Year: Junior

Home: Fremont, CA

What do you like most about your committee?

Sponsorship has (some of) the coolest ppl in VH.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I was named after the mouse from Tom and Jerry.

Jerry Qin

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Role: Marketing Committee Advisor, Mentor

Year: Junior

Home: Naperville, IL

What do you like most about your committee?

Fun fact - marketing is the smallest team on VH at four people! It's nice having a smaller team since we can be more tight knit and meetings feel more personable.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I hold dual citizenship in Canada and America.

Sophia Chen

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Role: Content Committee Advisor

Year: Senior

Home: Nanjing, China

What do you like most about your committee?

For content, we teach and spread the knowledge and welcome others into the world of CS. We enjoy doing our work which the best part of it!

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I turned 18 twice! Guess how I did it.

Amy Chen

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Role: Operations Member

Year: Junior

Home: Phoenix, AZ

What do you like most about your committee?

It's been fun working with and getting to know all these talented people.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I've had three concussions.

Katelyn Itano

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Role: Dev and Hacker Experience Member

Year: Junior

Home: Erdenet, Mongolia

What do you like most about your committee?

The memes.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I can use a Japanese abacus to do basic calculations.

Chuka Munkh-Achit

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Role: Ops Committee Advisor, Mentor

Year: Junior

Home: McLean, VA

What do you like most about your committee?

As an ops member, it's fun making the decisions for what food we serve. I also enjoy serving as a mentor to new members.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I was once #1 in the world for Crossy Roads.

Anna Zhang

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Role: Dev Project Manager

Year: Freshman

Home: Kanpur, India

What do you like most about your committee?

I love the people—old and new.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I like to pick cherries!

Aadi Bajpai

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Role: Senior Advisor, Mentor

Year: Senior

Home: Springfield, Missouri

What do you like most about your committee?

I'm always learning something from our team–I really love them.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I saw BTS in concert in NYC :P.

Gabriel Ting

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Role: Sponsorship Member

Year: Junior

Home: Cary, NC

What do you like most about your committee?

I really like the people on my committee and getting to build relationships with sponsors.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

My sister goes to Vandy (med school), as well.

Lu Cao

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Role: Design Committee Advisor

Year: Senior

Home: Dallas, TX

What do you like most about your committee?

We're a really chill and creative committee, and it's really great being able to talk about art/design with people who are passionate about the same thing!

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I can't stay up past 10 pm.

Kathy Zhang

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Role: Marketing Member

Year: Junior

Home: Pontianak, Indonesia

What do you like most about your committee?

How funny and supportive everyone is!

What's a fun fact about yourself?

Once, I fell asleep while I was singing in front of the whole class.

Evelyn Mulyono

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Role: Director of Content

Year: Sophomore

Home: Portage, MI

What do you like most about your committee?

I get to learn so much while teaching others! (as in, I get to spread the love ahaha)

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I love cheese!

Seok Hee Hong

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Role: Content Committee Advisor, Mentor

Year: Senior

Home: Birmingham, AL

What do you like most about your committee?

Everyone's super driven about helping hackers and teaching them new technologies.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I know how to play the clarinet.

William Zhao

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Role: Dev Member

Year: Junior

Home: Salt Lake City, UT

What do you like most about your committee?

All the other Dev members are so willing to lend a hand.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I build a ton of hobby kits in my spare time.

Juyoung Kim

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Role: Director of Marketing

Year: Sophomore

Home: Kennesaw, GA

What do you like most about your committee?

Everyone pitches in to stay on track. It's easy to mutually voice opinions.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I love plants & have a massive collection of (thriving) succulents & orchids!

Christina Woodrow

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Role: Content, Mentor

Year: Junior

Home: Cincinnati, OH

What do you like most about your committee?

I like how content members directly engage with hackers through workshops.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I'm really bad at baking!

Terry Luo

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Role: Hacker Experience Committee Advisor

Year: Junior

Home: Buffalo Grove, IL

What do you like most about your committee?

We have a lot of fun together even when we're not talking about VH!

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I can drive a stick-shift.

Alex Cuc

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Role: Marketing Committee Advisor, Mentor

Year: Senior

Home: New Delhi, India

What do you like most about your committee?

We give a unified voice to the immensely diverse VH community and help forward the mission of VandyHacks with every single thing that we do.

What's a fun fact about yourself?

One summer, I interned with a stand-up comedian to create a late night talk show for him!

Paavas Bhasin

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Role: Director of Sponsorship

Year: Junior

Home: Morristown, NJ

What do you like most about your committee?

I love the VH community and the destressing events, like cup stacking and the hand spa!

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I’ve been to 6/7 continents and all 50 states.

Meghan Callandriello