Westward (code named Boötes) was the 20th incarnation of the Microsoft Intern Game.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Westward was the first entirely virtual instance of The Intern Game. This also allowed the event to be re-run for Microsoft FTEs as part of the Microsoft Giving Campaign. Read more about how this altered the planning and production of the event.
During Act 1 of Westward participants learned of the amazing settlement of Blue Yonder, Washington and kicked off an opportunity for an amazing adventure. It is available online (https://aka.ms/westward) (requires Microsoft credentials). It can be solved independently or with friends. It consists of a series of online puzzles and an associated story that was published over the course of the summer! Act 1 was built to help train puzzle skills and introduce new concepts to help with participants be more successful in Act 2.
Act 2 was an adventure that took place across two weekends, July 25 and August 1, 2020. Teams embarked on a Trail kicked off by the events of Act 1. Over the course of the two days the teams gathered together in their digital wagons and joined together to participate in a variety of puzzles and activities, their progress along the trail punctuated with stories of thrilling encounters.
- 30 teams
- 21 Puzzles
- Wrapped together by one Oregon Trail-esq experience
- >625 Bounty submissions to 42 Bounties
- Puzzle Owners: Alex, Ben, Bridgette, Carolyn, Chris, Evelyn, Glasson, Jamie, Louise, Maggie, Morgan, Patrick, Randall, Will, Wisp, Zefang
- PreGame: Ben, Greg, (Application) Jamie, Jon, Marcus, Nathan, Wisp
- Beta Team Logistics: Bridgette, (Lead) Wisp
- Plot: Emma, Randall
- Acting: (Lead) Andre, Alex, Ashley, (Concept) Ben, Carolyn, Colleen, Marcus, Philip
- Bounties: Ben, Emma, (Lead) Marcus, Wisp
- Staffing: Jon
- Spiderdog: (Lead, Services) Shane, (Front-end) Ben
- Routing/Logistics: Andy, Emma, Glasson, Josh, Wisp
- Washington Trail: (Concept, Tech, Puzzles) Bridgette, (Tech) Andrew, (Tech) Ben, (Tech) Gage, (Graphics) Emma, (Graphics) Evelyn, (Graphics) Wisp
- Staff Playtesters: Alex, Andy, Ben, Bennett, Bridgette, Butters, Carolyn, Charles, Chris, Devin, Eddy, Emma, Evelyn, Greg, Jamie, Jordan, Hopper, Kyle, Louise, Maggie, Marcus, Matt, Morgan, Nick, Patrick, Randall, Saad, Steven, Tim, Will, Wisp
- Beta Testers: Jenn Maxwell, Aaron Stout, Abraham Shultz, Adam Comella, Adam Pickersgill, Adam Smith, Aditya Sharma, Alan Stephenson, Alanis Nash, Alex Eng, Alex Guthrie, Alexandre Benoit, Ali Tai, Aline Esquenazi, Allison Light, Amanda Jiang, Andrew Wang, Angela Yung, Arisha Kulshrestha, Ashley Beck, Bill Orr, Charles Gagnon, Chase Kragenbrink, Christopher Stewart, CJ Oka, Dante Gagne, David Aronchick, Drew Cross, Dustin Douglas, Emma Meersman, Eric Edmond, Erin Kiselica, Geoff Landskov, Gina Wang, Heléne Andersson, Henry Chen, James Reilly, Jason Huang, Jennifer Mussoff, Jeremy Koritzinsky, Jimmy Le, Josh Oratz, Juliann Makey, Justin Chan, Kacey Coley, Katie Kragenbrink, Katrina Cruz, Keerthana Kumar, Kumar Utsav, Laura Ng, Leslie Richardson, Linda Xie, Lisa Minas, Louise Gagne, Marc Frenette, Mark Asdoorian, Matthew Koontz, Matthew Riley, Maxence Frenette, Mei-Vern Then, Melitta Riley , Mitch Jewell, Molly O’Donnell, Natasha Lee, Nathan Fung, Nathan Shomber, Nathan Zabriskie, Neha Mishra, Nic Freda, Noah Glatz, Philip Z Loh, Ranek Kiil, Ray Gagne, Richard Makiuchi, Robert DeLoura, Ross Corliss, Ryan Ingalls, Sarah Leadbeater, Shreyas Canchi Radhakrishna, Stacy Chen, Stefanie Van Rafelghem, Tanya Lavoy, Thomas Guilbert, Thomas Lavoy, Tre Mansdoerfer, Tyler Harbin-Giuntoli, Vinith Johnson, Wesley Olson
- Day-Of Staff: Adam Comella, Adam Pickersgill, Aditi K, Alan Stephenson, Alex Guthrie, Alex Marcellus, Alexander Glasson ("Glasson"), Allison Light, Andre Sayre, Andrew Wang, Andy Rich, Ashley Beck, Ben Andrews, Ben Randall ("Randall"), Brian Beck ("Butters"), Bridgette Kuehn, Carolyn Beranek, Charles Gagnon, Chris Heuser, Colleen Shelton, Emily Dingwell ("Wisp"), Emma Meersman, Emma Roudabush, Erin Kiselica, Evelyn Mahasin, Gage Ames, Geoff Landskov, Greg Filpus, James Reilly, Jamie Eckman, Josh Oratz, Joshua May, Katrina Cruz, Kyle Farnung, Leslie Richardson, Lisa Li, Louise Feng, Marcus Lemmon, Margaret Schmit, Mitch Jewell, Morgan Grobin, Nathan Shomber, Nicholas Fang, Nick Doyle ("Tim"), Patrick Fenelon, Philip Loh, Ranek Kiil, Robert DeLoura, Ryan Michalec, Saad Najmi, Stacy Chen, Stefanie Van Rafelghem, Steven Fuqua, Terence Zhang, Thomas Guilbert, Tom Wildenhain, Tyler Harbin, Will Hart
- Event Leads: (PreGame Content🏫) Wisp, (PreGame Tech💻) Jon, (Plot📖) Emma, (Spiderdog🕷️🐕) Shane, (Technology🖥️) Ben, (Puzzles🧩) Greg, (Locations 😭) Randall
- Event Directors 👑: Andy, Nick