Program – WA 2019

Fair Agenda and Details:

8:45 – 9:30am

Schools Arrive/Check-in

9:00 – 12:20

Computer Science Fair

The fair has a trade show format. Students should come prepared to ask questions at the booths.

Engineers from Puget Sound tech companies, game studios, university CS departments and more will host booths, share their experiences, demo their newest developments and answer student questions. Students may even walk away with handouts or swag!

9:10 – 12:20

Breakout Sessions: Panels/Presentations/Workshops

Students can opt to attend a variety of 40-minute breakout sessions on various topics (descriptions below).

12:30 – 1:00

Lunch, Closing Ceremony, and Raffle


This year, booth representatives will come from across the computer science community to showcase university CS programs, companies, product(s), and organizations. Groups will bring engaging interactive elements, demos, swag, and more! Below are lists of booth representatives for the 2019 Washington Computer Science Fair.

Companies and Speakers

  • 343 Industries
  • ArenaNet, LLC
  • Blue Origin
  • Google
  • Institute for Systems Biology
  • Microsoft Hololens
  • Microsoft Intellectual Property Group
  • Microsoft MakeCode
  • Microsoft – Minecraft: Education Edition
  • Microsoft Small Basic
  • Microsoft Store
  • Nintendo Technology Development
  • Philips Healthcare – Ultrasound R&D
  • Port of Seattle
  • Redfin
  • Splunk
  • Tableau
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Xbox

Colleges and Educational Programs

  • Bellevue College
  • Central Washington University
  • Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science
  • DigiPen Institute of Technology
  • Digital Future Lab
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Green River College
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology
  • Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS
  • North Seattle College
  • Pacific Lutheran University – Computer Science
  • Seattle University
  • University of Washington, Computer Science & Engineering
  • University of Washington Bothell
  • Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
  • Western Washington University
Students listen to Vince Bertram’s Dream Differently talk.

Breakout Sessions

Below are the breakout sessions for the 2019 Washington Computer Science Fair.

Bonnie Ross: How Technology Led Me to the Best Job in the World

Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Head of 343 Industries, where she is responsible for leading and defining the vision of the Halo franchise. In her talk,  “How Technology Led Me to the Best Job in the World,” Ross will share her career journey in gaming and how technology is the creative catalyst for the next generation of world-builders to realize their full potential.

STEM Stations

Explore the possibilities of STEM through our STEM stations where we’ll showcase Coding with Ozobot, How Do Sharks Swim, and more!

Code Your Own Video Game with MakeCode Arcade

Use block coding to create a video game with MakeCode Arcade. Students learn fundamental game and coding concepts—like sprites, variables, and coordinates—and use their new skills to create and customize a playable game. By the end of the workshop, students will have: learned and used key game design and coding concepts, shared their games with a partner for inspiration, and published their game via URL so they can continue to play and develop it after the workshop.

The Cloud is More than Just that Thing in the Sky

You may have heard about “The Cloud” and wondered, What is it? Why do we need it? How can I use it? We’ll give you a crash course in cloud basics so you can walk away knowing how to make your app/game/website accessible to the world.

Summer Opportunities for High School CS Students

In this panel discussion you will hear from Expedia, Microsoft, and Institute for Systems Biology program managers on how to successfully apply to and be hired into a CS summer program or internship as a high school student. You will also hear first-hand from a high school senior and UW CS student on what summer opportunities have to offer and how they open doors to a successful future. Come prepared to ask questions, and get answers!

CS for All

ALL students should have the opportunity to learn computer science so we can build a future fueled by a diverse set of experiences. Come talk to CS professionals who are challenging stereotypes in technology fields, and learn how today’s diversity efforts can benefit you and our world.

Careers in CS: Software Engineers and Beyond

Careers in CS go beyond software engineers and developers, this panel discussion will showcase four unique career paths in which computer science has played a major role in each panelist’s life. You will have the opportunity to talk to a Microsoft UX designer, a software engineer in machine learning, a technical product manager for Google education, and a soccer analyst for the Seattle Sounders FC.

Learn About College CS Programs

What are your chances of being accepted and how can you better your chances? What is it like to be a CS student at UW versus smaller colleges? How are college CS programs different from each other? Get answers to these questions and more from college professors and students from University of Washington, Western Washington University, Eastern Washington University, and Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Bring your own questions!

Making Games for a Living

Does a full time job developing games sound exciting to you? Come hear from game development professionals (Halo, Guild Wars, and Minecraft) about how they got into the game industry, what the different roles are on a game development team, what it’s like to work on games behind the scenes day-to-day, and what they want you to know about making games for a living.

Find Your Soulmate with Micro:bit

Your CS soulmate will be in this session. The only way to find them and discover their current feelings for you is through embedded system programming. We’ll have micro:bits and devices on hand — come prepared for some programming fun and adventure