Jamshidbek Mirzakhalov, 22

Hacker, Mentor
Jamshidbek Mirzakhalov
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Jamshidbek discovered the hackathon community after friends from the Society of Competitive Programmers decided to apply. He teamed up with a friend to build his first-ever application and after demoing, was overwhelmed by the amount of support and encouragement they received from their fellow hackers and judges.

His biggest takeaway from hackathons is the idea of computing for social good. Coding for good changed him as a programmer because it made him realize the true problems he should be working on. Event after event, his ideas got more impactful and meaningful. Jamshidbek believes this will manifest in what he chooses to do with his professional career in the future.

In 2018, Jamshidbek co-founded a student organization at his school called the Society of Competitive Programmers (SCP) where their goal is to increase awareness about hackathons, mentor students in their journey to learn new skills and provide financial support for students to travel to hackathons. So far, they have helped more than 150 students experience their first hackathons at more than 25 hackathons nationwide. SCP has helped to improve USF attendance and merit rankings in MLH rankings over the years as they jumped from 114th to 44th in overall rankings and from 1568th to 41st in attendance. SCP has been a huge part of Jamshidbek’s college experience as he had the opportunity to serve as its treasurer first and later, as the President. He believes that his story as a hacker would be incomplete without SCP.

Currently, Jamshidbek is a senior at the University of South Florida where he is majoring in computer science. There, he works as a research assistant in the social computing labs and in the neural machine interaction lab. He plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science with a focus on natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning.

His favorite hackathon project was Classroom.ai at KnightHacks 2019. It was special because it addressed a problem that students alike can relate to. Classroom.ai provided a real-time and anonymous feedback system for students without taking their attention away from the lectures. His team and he tried to make sure that it was a usable and complete product that can be easily adopted, which came true as we launched it in a few classes at USF later on. This is his favorite because it impacted the lives of students as they wanted it to.

Quick Facts

Pronouns: He/Him
Hometown: Namangan, Uzbekistan
School: University of South Florida
Graduation Date: 2020
First Hackathon: MangoHacks 2017
Favorite Coding Language: Java, React Native, and Firebase
Can't Live Without: StackOverflow
Jamshidbek and some early members of the USF Society of Competitive Programmers

Jamshidbek Mirzakhalov, 22

Hacker, Mentor
Jamshidbek Mirzakhalov
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Jamshidbek discovered the hackathon community after friends from the Society of Competitive Programmers decided to apply. He teamed up with a friend to build his first-ever application and after demoing, was overwhelmed by the amount of support and encouragement they received from their fellow hackers and judges.

His biggest takeaway from hackathons is the idea of computing for social good. Coding for good changed him as a programmer because it made him realize the true problems he should be working on. Event after event, his ideas got more impactful and meaningful. Jamshidbek believes this will manifest in what he chooses to do with his professional career in the future.

In 2018, Jamshidbek co-founded a student organization at his school called the Society of Competitive Programmers (SCP) where their goal is to increase awareness about hackathons, mentor students in their journey to learn new skills and provide financial support for students to travel to hackathons. So far, they have helped more than 150 students experience their first hackathons at more than 25 hackathons nationwide. SCP has helped to improve USF attendance and merit rankings in MLH rankings over the years as they jumped from 114th to 44th in overall rankings and from 1568th to 41st in attendance. SCP has been a huge part of Jamshidbek’s college experience as he had the opportunity to serve as its treasurer first and later, as the President. He believes that his story as a hacker would be incomplete without SCP.

Currently, Jamshidbek is a senior at the University of South Florida where he is majoring in computer science. There, he works as a research assistant in the social computing labs and in the neural machine interaction lab. He plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science with a focus on natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning.

His favorite hackathon project was Classroom.ai at KnightHacks 2019. It was special because it addressed a problem that students alike can relate to. Classroom.ai provided a real-time and anonymous feedback system for students without taking their attention away from the lectures. His team and he tried to make sure that it was a usable and complete product that can be easily adopted, which came true as we launched it in a few classes at USF later on. This is his favorite because it impacted the lives of students as they wanted it to.

Quick Facts

Pronouns: He/Him
Hometown: Namangan, Uzbekistan
School: University of South Florida
Graduation Date: 2020
First Hackathon: MangoHacks 2017
Favorite Coding Language: Java, React Native, and Firebase
Can't Live Without: StackOverflow
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Jamshidbek and some early members of the USF Society of Competitive Programmers

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