Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season

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

Volunteer Sponsor

March 3-4, 2018
The Spark Building
Washington State University
Pullman, WA



This year projects will be shown to judges in a demo fair style. Each team will have approximately 5 minutes to demo their projects to each judge that visits their demo space.

Teams will be judged along with their peers, so there will be two tiers that teams will be sorted when they complete part 1 of the submission process.

Project Submission

* both part 1 and part 2 are required in order to demo to the judges.

Demo Tips

Have questions about Devpost? Ask @devpost-velizar via Slack or the CrimsonCode account.

Day-Of Information

Mentor Info

Google doc with mentor information and availability.

Participant Slack

Join our participant Slack to ask questions and get help from mentors!

General Information Slides

Check out the slides that you've been seeing around The Spark Building!

Prize List

Check out the prize list for the 6th annual CrimsonCode Hackathon!


Use the CrimsonCode hashtag when you tweet, post, or share!


This year projects will be shown to judges in a demo fair style. Each team will have approximately 5 minutes to demo their projects to each judge that visits their demo space. Teams will be judged along with their peers, so there will be two tiers that teams will be sorted into after they apply to demo. Tier 1 will include teams with coding experience up to CptS 223 (or equivalent) and tier 2 will include teams with coding experience past CptS 223 (or equivalent).

MLH Hardware Lab

The MLH Hardware lab is located in Spark 233 and will be open during the entire duration of the event. Here is the list of hardware available to be checked out by participants.


If you have any questions, you can check our FAQ, ping the participant Slack, or find an organizer in a black CrimsonCode shirt.

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, caffeine, 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.

What if I wasn't able to register in time?

If you weren't able to register in time, please click the link register on the waitlist! The process for getting on the waitlist is to click the "register" button on the Eventbrite event link, click "individual", and then click "Join Waitlist".

I'm on the waitlist, what do I do now?

As soon as a spot opens up, you'll receive an email and have 3 hours to fully register as a participant. If a spot does not open up before the start of the event, please show up during the participant check-in time from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 3rd and attend the opening ceremony. After the opening ceremony we will open up all of the spots from those who did not check-in during the check-in time.

I'm a student from another college/university, how do I obtain internet access?

For temporary wireless access, you can contact the Compton Union Building (CUB) Information Desk to request a temporary Guest Wireless login and password. The CUB Information Desk is located on the first floor of the CUB, and their phone number is (509) 335-8426. Indicate that you are participating in the CrimsonCode Hackathon in The Spark Building and need access until Sunday afternoon.

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

General Schedule

Saturday, March 3

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

9:00 PM

MLH Cupstacking

The Spark Atrium

11:59 PM

Midnight Snacks

Spark Atrium

Sunday, March 4

9:00 AM


The Spark Atrium

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

Hacking Stops

11:15 AM

Project Demos/Judging

Location TBD

1:30 PM


Spark Atrium

3:00 PM

Closing Ceremony

Spark G045

Side Events Schedule

All company tech talks and side events will be held in Spark 227 on Saturday March 3, unless otherwise posted.

11:30 AM - 11:50 AM

Machine or Magician, you choose

Presented by Nick Smoot

11:50 AM - 12:30 PM

What's New at Apple

Presented by Dr. Christopher Vieira, Apple

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Women in Tech

Presented by The DocuSign Team

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Architecture Design Decisions at Scale

Presented by The DocuSign Team

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

How to be a Successful Intern

Presented by The SEL Team

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Journey/Pathways in Tech

Presented by The Apple Team

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Everyone Can Code - Part II

Presented by Nina Kominiak, Apple

8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

"Serialization" Lightning Talk

Presented by the SEL Team

10:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Resume Review Session & Mock Interviews

Presented by the SEL Team


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

Executive Chair

Rachel Forbes


Heidi Lyons

Sponsorship Director

Courtney Ballard

Logistics Director

Eli Forbes

Finance Director

Nick Vasicek

CrimsonCode Organizers

Sponsorship Team

Amber Skogen
Brady Wuestney
Cal Merriman
Delaney Mathews
Jessica Zhou
Rahul Singal
Carlos He He

Logistics Team

Aleah Lucena
Alex Castillo
David Henshaw
Jacob Plank
Kelsey Dearing
Nikolaus Walton

Operations/Marketing Team

Aaron Hansen
Connor Wytko
Kyler Little
Manuel Berrueta
Monique Perez