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Jen Perry
Kerri-Leigh Grady

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About this event

Join us at Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Washington, to hack the military life.

Military life is full of challenges, and MSC seeks to hack away at those challenges, bringing solutions to service members, veterans, and their families.

We welcome anyone, regardless of military affiliation to join us in Redmond on November 8 and 9. For those who are affiliated with the military and cannot travel, we offer the opportunity to participate remotely.


Prizes are not published


  • Friday
  • Schedule for the day is not published
  • Saturday
  • Schedule for the day is not published


Rules Clean code only! The pitched product can be in any form, at any level of completion of a MVP. Coders own any and all IP and code they create during the hackathon. Tea...


  1. Clean code only!
  2. The pitched product can be in any form, at any level of completion of a MVP.
  3. Coders own any and all IP and code they create during the hackathon.
  4. Team size is limited to 5 people.
  5. Absolutely no harassment online or in person, verbally, physically, or in your hacks. Offenders will be disqualified and removed. See our code of conduct.
  6. Teams should submit links to code, demo, presentation, etc. at

Judging Criteria

  1. Viability: How likely is this hack to be available in the near future? Is there a plan to complete and push to market?
  2. Extensibility: Could this hack serve a need beyond the military community?
  3. Usefulness: What challenge does this hack solve in the military community?
  4. UI/UX: Has the user experience been considered in the design of the interface?
  5. Originality: Extra points for creative approach to a problem or attacking a challenge that is usually ignored.
  6. Team: Is the team diverse? Are there different skill sets represented? Has the team included a military-affiliated individual or consulted with a military mentor during the hackathon?

Code of Conduct

MilSpouse Coders is dedicated to providing a harassment-free hackathon experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate. Hackathon participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the hackathon without a refund at the discretion of the organizers.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, etc.
  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of the event
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the hackathon with no refund. Event organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants. We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities. We think people should follow these rules outside event activities too!


If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Hackathon organizers can be identified by t-shirts/special badges. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place. You can make a report either personally or anonymously.

Anonymous Report

You can make an anonymous report here [Wufoo form or similar that DOES NOT require an email address to submit. We can't follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.

Personal Report

You can make a personal report by contacting a staff member, identified by badges or shirts.

When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we'll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we'll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won't be asked to confront anyone and we won't tell anyone who you are.

Our team will be happy to help you contact venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance. Redmond Police Department: (425) 556-2500 King County Sexual Assault Resource Center: 888-99-VOICE Military OneSource: 1-800-342-9647 RAINN Hotline: 1-800-656-4673