Lelia marie Hampton

Lelia (lee-luh) Hampton is a first year Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her broad research interests are computing for social good. She is an MIT Presidential Fellow and Alfred P. Sloan Scholar. Lelia earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Summa Cum Laude, with minors in comparative women's studies and mathematics from Spelman College (Class of 2020) where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. During undergrad, she interned at the MIT Media Lab, Microsoft Research, Georgia Tech Research Institute, and NASA. She has been a passionate volunteer and mentor for students from underrepresented minorities through her work in computer science teaching and mentoring programs, including Black Girls CODE, Georgia Tech Catalyst, CodeHouse, NSBE, MIT's GradDiversity Ambassadorship, and MIT's Graduate Application Assistance Program (GAAP).



David Hill, Jr.

David Hill is a Howard University and University of Virginia alumnus where he graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.E in Systems Engineering. During his undergraduate matriculation, he founded the first HBCU chapter of the international engineering fraternity, Sigma Phi Delta. He was also the 2018 Black Engineer of the Year for Student Leadership. Additionally, he was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and chairman of the membership committee for HU National Society of Black Engineers. David is an inducted member of the prestigious Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, the oldest engineering honor society in the world which includes distinguished members like Jeff Bezos. David has worked with a plethora of Fortune 500 companies as a Software Developer and Systems Engineer including companies like; Cisco Systems, Boeing, and United Technologies. He currently works as a Full-Stack Software Engineer in the Defense and Intelligence Industry.


Hamza Hawkins

Hamza Hawkins is an entrepreneur, coder, gamer, and fitness enthusiast. He is the founder of ABlackGent, a lifestyle/clothing brand that encourages a positive and ambitious lifestyle, and Snikwah Technologies, a mobile and web app development and consulting firm which has consulted with multiple individuals, startups and a public school. Hamza was previously a 7x software engineering intern at Microsoft where he is now a full time software engineer. He was also formerly a Lead Software Engineer for BRAQS. He was an Above and Beyond CS Software Engineering Fellow with Facebook. He has served as a programming and game development teacher with STEM exCEL. He has published media articles about STEM and technology in Spotlight and Black Enterprise TV. He is a University of District Columbia alumnus where he served as the Vice President of the National Society of Black Engineers, was a Microsoft Student Ambassador, and awarded many scholarships from Microsoft.


We are seeking organizers for the 2021 Blackathon. This list will be updated on an ongoing basis.

The following are the projected positions, responsibilities and time commitments excluding organizer meetings:

  • Participant Outreach

    • Responsibilities: Recruit participants, manage participant applications, set up Slack for team formation, keep track of teams, etc.

    • Time commitment: 1-2 hours per week

  • Communications Chair

    • Responsibilities: Create flyers; communicate with participants, judges and speakers prior, during, and after events; create sign up form for participants; respond to emails, etc.

    • Time commitment: 1-2 hours per week

  • Marketing Chair

    • Responsibilities: Develop marketing strategies for the Blackathon, enhance the reach of the Blackathon, increase registration for talks from prior years, etc.

    • Time commitment: 2-3 hours per week

  • Sponsorship Chair

    • Responsibilities: Write sponsorship proposals, seek sponsors, etc.

    • Time commitment: 1-2 hours per week

  • Treasurer

    • Responsibilities: Accounting, bookkeeping, find a tax preparer, etc.

    • Time commitment: 2-3 hours per week

  • Web Designer

    • Responsibilities: Update the website as needed, etc.

    • Time commitment: 1-2 hours per week