Dream. Think. Learn. Explore. Teach. Collaborate. Innovate. Advocate. Code. Build. Hack. CrimsonCode.

Volunteer Sponsor

February 23-24, 2019
The Spark Building
Washington State University
Pullman, WA

Frequently Asked Questions

What is CrimsonCode?

CrimsonCode is a 24-hour collegiate hackathon held at Washington State University in Pullman, WA.

Who can attend?

We encourage students of all majors and all levels of coding experience to attend. We will have mentors available to help you learn new technologies and give guidance on projects.

How much does this cost?

CrimsonCode is completely free as we believe that it is more important for students to focus on their projects rather than worrying about the essentials. As such, all food, caffiene, and internet will be completely free during the event.

What should I bring?

Most importantly, bring your excitement and passion. Besides those two things, students should also bring a laptop (or desktop computer), charger, power strip, and student ID. Toothbrush, change of clothes, and sleeping bag/blanket are also highly recommended.

How big are the teams?

In order to allow teams to be from more diverse academic backgrounds, teams can be a maximum of 4 people per team. As such, we encourage participants to work with some people that they don't know.

What if I don't have a team?

In the months and weeks leading up to the hackathon, we will be hosting activities to help people find teams. Please check our Facebook page for more specific details on these activities.

What if I don't have any ideas but still want to participate?

Before the hackathon, we will be hosting activities that will give example ideas and have brainstorming sessions to help potential participants come up with ideas. Please check our Facebook page for more specific information on these activities.

Can I work on my project beforehand?

No. We encourage everyone to start a brand new project at the hackathon. However, you are allowed to develop libraries or use outside libraries to help you with your project. If you think you might be in sketchy territory, contact or find an organizer to have us check it out.

Does CrimsonCode provide travel reimbursement?

Unfortunately, our budget this year simply won't allow for us to provide travel reimbursement.

I have a different question. Who can I ask?

Please reach out to us via Facebook, Twitter, or send us an email. We'd be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Schedule & Events

Hack Week

Starting Monday, Feb. 18th

Ending Friday, Feb. 22nd

This year, we are excited to announce our first ever Hack Week, a weeklong event of tech talks, workshops, and social events for the WSU Community leading up to CrimsonCode 2019. Hack Week's theme is on emerging technologies, but events may certainly diverge from that theme. Drop us an email if you have a technical topic that you think WSU students would enjoy hearing about. Some of our potential events so far are:

  • Augmented Reality Workshop with Apple
  • Blockchain Lecture
  • Get Started on Open Source

General Schedule

Saturday, Feb. 23

8:30 AM

Sponsor Check-In

The Spark Atrium

9:00 AM

Participant Check-In & Breakfast

The Spark Atrium

10:15 AM

Opening Ceremony

Spark G045

11:00 AM

Hacking Starts

The Spark Building

1:30 PM


The Spark Atrium

7:00 PM


The Spark Atrium

11:59 PM

Midnight Snacks

Spark Atrium

Sunday, Feb. 24

9:00 AM


The Spark Atrium

11:00 AM

Hacking Stops

Presentations Due!

Submit here: TBD

11:15 AM

Project Demos/Judging

Location TBD

1:30 PM


Spark Atrium

3:00 PM

Closing Ceremony

Spark G045

Sponsors &

The Team

The leaders and organizers of the CrimsonCode hackathon are a group of hard working people that help to make this event possible. All of the leaders and organizers are full-time students at Washington State University who have volunteered to dedicate their valuable time to the planning and execution of the CrimsonCode hackathon.

CrimsonCode Leaders

Operations &
Marketing Director

Jessica Zhou

Operations &
Marketing Director

Jessica Zhou


Kyler Little

Sponsorship Director

Kyler Little


Monique Perez

Logistics Director

Monique Perez


Eli Forbes

CrimsonCode Leader

Eli Forbes

Team Director

Nick Vasicek

Executive Team Director

Nick Vasicek

CrimsonCode Organizers

Executive Team

Nikolaus Walton
Paul Brennan

Sponsorship Team

Freya Varez
Nancy Fu
Nik Walton

Logistics Team

Alex Castillo
Alexander Barrett
David Henshaw
Glenn Duncan
Jacob Plank
Jeff Walsh
Jiawei Liu

Operations & Marketing Team

Adam Olbrys
Caden Weiner
Cameron Cain
William Henry Kee