TeamsCode is a student-run 501(c)(3) non-profit that works to encourage middle school and high school students to study computer science. We work with teachers and sponsors to create awesome programming contests – both online and in-person!

Chris Elliott and Alan Bi founded TeamsCode in the beginning of 2017. Both of them participated in local programming contests and noticed a lack of representation from their school. They set about to change that by organizing the first ever Mercer Island High School Programming Contest on April 1st, 2017. Since then, TeamsCode has expanded its influence across three states and hopes to continue growing.

In addition to organizing programming contests, TeamsCode writes free, online programming lessons to create a lower entry barrier for computer science education. We also encourage students to sharpen their algorithmic skills by solving our past contest problems through Launch Test Run, an interactive system that judges code submissions in real-time!

We are always open to students who are interested in helping us organize our contests. If you would like to join our team, apply here! We'll see if you're a good fit for our team.
Our Team
Executive Team
The Executive Team in charge of managing TeamsCode
Sean Yang
Sean is a senior at Monta Vista High School. Though he didn't get into competitive programming until high school, he quickly grew used to its structure and participated in multiple USACO contests. His academic interests include math, physics, and computer science. Outside of school, his primary hobby is downhill skiing, and his favorite resort is Squaw Valley.
Ryan Hsu
Ryan is a senior at Mercer Island High School. He has learned both Java and Python starting in sophomore year. His academic interests include economics and history. In his freetime, he enjoys investing in stocks, building computers, and playing baseball.
Conner Yin
Vice President
Conner Yin is a senior at Monta Vista High School. He is passionate about programming, but also loves the logistics and marketing side of planning contests. Outside of TeamsCode, he enjoys indulging in 3 AM cup noodles and playing board and card games with his friends, as well as composing songs and producing music videos for his youtube channel.
Winbert Zhang
Vice President
Winbert is a senior at Monta Vista High School. He has a background in competitive programming and web development. Other than computer science, he enjoys studying and teaching physics. Outside of school, he loves volunteering at local community service centers, competing in card game tournaments, and hanging out with friends.
Past Leadership
Leaders of TeamsCode from past years
Chris Elliott
Co-Founder, Co-President 2017-2019
Chris Elliott is a student in the UPenn M&T Program, studying computer science and business. In his free time, he likes to read and play tennis.
Alan Bi
Co-Founder, Co-President 2017-2019
Alan Bi is a sophomore at Duke University double majoring in computer science and statistics. He started programming in ninth grade and has since enjoyed working on a variety of technical projects. Aside from programming, he also enjoys playing table tennis.
Jason Zhang
Co-President, 2019-2020
Jason Zhang is a freshman at the University of Washington, studying computer science. He also enjoys math, history, and playing guitar.
Alex Patel
Co-President, 2019-2020
Alex Patel is a freshman at Stanford University. He is passionate about both programming and finance, and has led organizations teaching students about both. Outside of school, he enjoys playing tennis, golf, and piano, as well as exploring the stock market.
Lead Organizers
The Heads and Directors of our organizer team
William Huang
Director of Marketing
William Huang is a senior at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California. He started learning Java in his freshman year of high school, with a focus on creative design. Academically, he is interested in biology and chemistry, partaking in Science Olympiad. Outside of school, he loves painting, photography, singing, and playing Valorant.
Victor Du
Director of Technology
Victor is a senior at International School in Bellevue. He helps develop software for a variety of causes. In his free time, he enjoys learning about physics, modding video games, and reading alternate history fiction.
Bill Wang
Head of Finance
Bill is a senior at Mercer Island High School. He first began learning Java in his sophomore year of high school. At school, he enjoys economics, psychology, and mock trial. In his free time, he likes to play the piano, hang out with friends, and play soccer.
Our Team
The current organizers for TeamsCode contests
Ethan Peng
Logistics Coordinator
Ethan is a junior at Los Altos High School. He started learning programming two years ago, and competitive programming one year ago. He is excited to help bring quality contests to computer science students. Outside of programming, he plays tennis and watches Chinese dramas.
Aayush Sheth
Logistics Coordinator
Aayush is a junior at Tesla STEM Highschool in Washington state. He started learning competitive programming four years ago and is well-versed in C++ and Java. Outside of school, he enjoys learning economics, piano, and soccer. Through TeamsCode he hopes to develop his leadership and coordination skills.
Helen Feng
Logistics Coordinator
Helen Feng is a junior at Evergreen Valley High School and is particularly interested in computer science and software development. With passion for using the creative process to make things become reality, Helen began programming in middle school. Outside of school, she enjoys making Discord bots, drawing, playing badminton, playing games, and solving real world problems with the power of technology under the New York Academy of Sciences.
Steven Luo
Logistics Coordinator
Steven Luo is a junior at Evergreen Valley High School. He’s taken several programming classes, but started with C++ and Python in his freshman year. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the flute and piano, listening to music, and volunteering for The Evergreen Initiative, a nonprofit organization.
Alex Du
Problem Writer
Alex is a freshman at Cupertino High School in California. He started competitive programming in C++ three years ago. Outside of programming, he does math, plays volleyball, and enjoys spending time with friends. He’s working to get more people into the world of competitive coding.
Jay Dharmadhikari
Marketing Coordinator
Jay Dharmadhikari is a junior at Redmond High School in Redmond, WA. He has been interested in computer science, coding, and competitive programming since middle school. Outside of CS, he enjoys graphic design and music production.
Harry Chen
Problem Writer
Harry is a freshman at Lynbrook High School in California. He started competitive programming in C++ 2 years ago and achieved USACO Gold in 9th grade. He loves solving and writing interesting algorithmic problems, and he is very excited to be a part of TeamsCode. In his free time, he likes to play tennis, hang out with friends and watch movies.
Sol Park
Problem Writer
Sol Park is a freshman in Mercer Island High School in Washington. He started programming at 5th grade using mainly Python and C++, achieving Silver in USACO at 9th grade. He enjoys participating in Destination Imagination and has been doing it for four years. Outside of school, he volunteers in a Korean School as a Teacher’s Assistant. He is very excited in being part of an organization for promoting computer science among students.
Past Organizers
Organizers of TeamsCode from past years
Luca Palermo
Head of Problem Writing
Luca Palermo is a junior at Mercer Island High School in Washington. He started his passion for programming in third grade with Python and Java. Outside of school, he spends most of his time working as a lead cross-platform app developer for a local startup company but also enjoys playing piano and spending time with friends.
Lucille Shield
Head Organizer of Fall 2019 MIHS Programming Contest
Lucille Shield is a senior at Mercer Island High School. She is passionate about all fields of science, especially applied sciences. In her free time, she also enjoys singing and advocating for social justice.
Peter Ye
Head Organizer of the 2019 CGS Programming Contest
Peter is a sophomore at Catlin Gabel School in Portland, OR. He is passionate about programming, physics, and mathematics. In his free time, he enjoys mock trial and playing tennis.
Jonathan Guo
Programming Lead for the 2019 CGS Programming Contest
Jonathan Guo is currently a senior at Westview High School in Portland, Oregon. His interests include programming, math, history, and piano. In his free time, he likes to travel around the world.
James Richardson
Lesson Creator: AP Computer Science
James is curious and passionate about all STEM fields. He started computer programming as a sophomore and is working to further develop the program at his high school. In his free time, he enjoys swimming and tinkering with various tools technologies.
Robert Chen
Lesson Creator: USACO Problems
Robert Chen is a senior at Interlake High School who enjoys coding, math, and debate.
Valliappan Valliappan
Lesson Creator: iOS with Swift
Valliappan Valliappan is a senior at Newport High School. He started programming in Swift in the beginning of tenth grade and has loved programming since then. In his free time, he reads fiction and watches YouTube videos about physics and math.
Thomas Short
Finance Lead for Fall 2019 MIHS Programming Contest
Thomas Short is a senior at Mercer Island High School. He enjoys programming, robotics, and playing Ultimate Frisbee.
Mathus Leungpathomaram
Director of Oregon Events, 2018-2019
Mathus Leungpathomaram is a senior at Catlin Gabel. He intends to pursue a future in math and CS, and also enjoys piano, chess, and origami. Mathus hosted and ran the first high school run CS tournament in Oregon and looks forward to holding more tournaments.
Marshal Xu
Head Organizer of Fall 2018 CGS Programming Contest
Marshal Xu is a senior at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon. He teaches coding and math in his community. In his free time, he enjoys swimming and chess.
Albert Huang
Problem Writer Summer 2020
Albert is a sophomore at the Nueva School who is interested in creating and applying algorithms to problems in the community. To him, TeamsCode is the way to get more people interested in the thought process behind solving problems. He’s hoping to inspire others to apply technology to change the world.