Creators, Innovators, Collaborators.
We are Washington Hyperloop.

What we do

We are a team of motivated engineers, leaders, business people, and designers from the University of Washington competing in the Hyperloop Pod Competition. In the past two competitions, we have placed highly and this year we are expanding our team to include students from a broader range of disciplines, including business and design.


  • Aero­structures
  • Braking
  • Business & Branding
  • Pro­pulsion
  • Power & Controls
  • Stability

Who we are

See the team


Washington Hyperloop started three years ago with a few students who had the dream of improving transportation and doing the impossible. The team has since grown in numbers, knowledge, and experience and is working to push the boundaries of technology and develop amazing engineers.
Competition 1
In the first SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, our team won the Subsystem Safety Technical Excellence Award at Design Weekend. We also placed 4th in the USA and 6th in the world out of 1,200 teams.
Competition 2
For the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition II, our team focused on refining our previous design and optimized for improving speed. We successfully made it through the design phase and were chosen to compete in the final round of the competition at SpaceX again, shoulder-to-shoulder with the best teams on the planet.
Competition 3
This year’s competition is focused on the pursuit of the fastest speeds possible. While we can’t share our strategy publicly, this has led us to think out of the box and push boundaries even further.

Join Our Mission

We wouldn't have been able to accomplish any of our dreams and goals without our sponsors, and would like to give a special thanks to all those who have helped us along the way to completion!

  • 3M
  • Airtech
  • Altium
  • Ansys
  • Autodesk
  • BGF Industries
  • Coast Aluminum
  • Dassault Systemes
  • Fox Shox
  • GloCal Network Corporation
  • Henkel
  • Honda
  • LCNW
  • Linear technology
  • LMT Onsrud
  • Photonic Associates
  • Resin Formulators
  • Solenoid Systems
  • Tacos Chukis
  • TASC Technical & Assembly Services Corporation
  • WSO2
  • University of Washington Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering
  • University of Washington Electrical Engineering
  • University of Washington Mechanical Engineering
Sponsor us

Media Coverage

  • GeekWire

    The team has benefited not only from UW engineering expertise, but also from corporate sponsorships, services and consulting.

  • KUOW

    Bill Radke talks to Mitchell Frimodt, University of Washington junior and director of the Washington Hyperloop team about the Hyperloop pod the team has built to compete in SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in California.

  • Redshift

    The first competition, which focused on the hardware build stage of the project, took place in January 2017 and had more than 1,200 entries, which it narrowed to feature prototypes from 27 student and nonstudent teams.

  • Sierra Circuits

    Washington Hyperloop won the Subsystem Safety Technical Excellence Award during the design phase of the first competition for their magnetic levitation pod, which was designed to reach 100 mph.

  • Seattle Times

    The Washington Hyperloop team is the only Northwest team to make the cut, after SpaceX — the competition’s sponsor — took proposals from 1,200 teams in the initial round. The finalists were winnowed to 120, then 30." "Last January, all the competitors met for the design phase of the competition, and the number of finalists was winnowed to 30. Musk made an appearance, and Washington Hyperloop’s pod won an award for the safest design. The team has a trophy signed by Musk.

  • The Verge

    The University of Washington's hyperloop team is comprised of 67 students, who so far have worked a total of 82,300 hours on their design.