USF Hosts Its Second Annual Hackathon

May 6, 2019

Hackabull 2019

On March 23-24, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) hosted their annual hackathon, Hackabull, for the second time. SHPE USF partnered with Major League Hacking (MLH) to be a part of their 2018-2019 Season. Participants were given 24 hours to create a workable concept that they would later demo to the judges. More than 480 students applied and more than 200 attended the event. The team projects were judged on usefulness, complexity and creativity. “Out of all the hackathons I’ve ever been to, Hackabull is the best one,” said Adrian Perez, a student from FIU.

The Winners of the 2019 Hackabull are:

1st Place
Project: Hive
Team Members: Ashley Narcisse (FIU), Carlos Lahrssen (FIU), David Castaneda (FIU), Adrian Perez (FIU)

2nd Place
Project: Food4Grabs
Team Members:  Jim Mirzakhalov (USF), Logan Lopez (USF), Julia Schmidt (USF), Gjergi Paco (USF)

3rd Place
Project:  AutoTomato
Team Members: Jeremy Eudy (Florida Polytechnic), Devin Marks (Florida Polytechnic), Matthew Gialourakis (Florida Polytechnic), Will Irwin (Florida Polytechnic)

Best Hardware
Team Members: Brandon Wolfram (USF), Willie McClinton (USF), Teresa Flaitz (USF), Derryk Theberge (USF)

Most Ridiculous
Project: Memeception
Team Members: Michael Hon (FIT)

Best First Time Hacker
Project: Sustain Smart
Team Members: Mariana Botero (FGCU), Charles McCampbell-Hill (FGCU), Haley Yerxa (FGCU)

The Hackabull Team

Hackathon Director - Alberto Carlos Perez
SHPE VP of Technology - Diego Antonlinez
Head of Logistics - Daniela Delgado
Head of Communications - Kayla Cordero
Head of Marketing - Marta Wilczynski
Head of Design - Maddie Collins
Head of Finance - Ethan Malcom
Head of Hacker Experience - Axel Rivera

Hackabull 2019

Hackabull was a success thanks to these sponsors:

JP Morgan & Chase (Toro Level)
Johnson & Johnson (Toro Level)
SOFWERX (Torito Level)
KnowBe4 (Field Level) 
GitHub (Field Level)


SHPE is one of the largest student organizations at USF. SHPE recognizes professionalism, academic excellence, community outreach, leadership and chapter development as the organization's pillars. To learn more about SHPE USF, visit their website.



Major League Hacking is the official student hackathon league and reaches more than 65,000 students around the world. To learn more about MLH, check out their website.