The Code Room (TV Series)

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The Code Room
The Code Room Title Card
Format Video (Web TV)
Genre Documentary
Origin USA
Language English
Release Date 2004 - 2006
Running Time Various
Created by NA
Directed by NA
Produced by NA
Written by NA
Screenplay by NA
Distributed by Microsoft
Narrated by NA
Starring Various
Music by NA
Cinematography by NA
Edited by NA
Production Company Microsoft
Location(s) USA
Original Channel Channel 9
Additional Information
Based on NA
Topics Technology, Computers, Hacking
Follows NA
Precedes NA
Associated Video NA

The Code Room was a half-hour-long reality game show produced by Microsoft. The show was conceptualized and executive produced by Paul Murphy and hosted by Jessi Knapp, accompanied by a varying project expert. Each episode consists of a number of MSDN Developer Event attendees who team up to complete a project, with given specifications, in a limited amount of time. It should not be confused with The Code Room from DMD and the group that introduced the world to the "Hybrid Hostel".


The Code Room was filmed at an MSDN Developer Event and shown on several cable television stations, as well as other streaming television stations like MSDN TV. The show could also be watched for free through the Channel 9 community, and was additionally included in several MSDN CDs and DVDs.

The "Code Room" was typically an enclosed room with one or more desks, whiteboards and computers. All required programming tools were installed, along with other stationery. However, no internet connection was available and contestants could not bring their own notes. Contestants had to use preselected development environments which were typically new to them, having only been given a quick crash course about the environment in a presentation before the contest began.

Teams that were able to complete the project within the required time were eligible for prizes and to be part of "Team Code FF". At the end of the series, the two top "Team Code FF" teams (determined by their performance, as well as community ranking) competed in the Final Code Room challenge for the ultimate "Code Room Champion" title.

The program won a Telly Award in 2004.


  • The Code Room: Episode 1, published December 9, 2004
  • The Code Room: Episode 2, Building Mobile Apps and Bluetooth Enabled Kiosks, published May 19, 2005
  • The Code Room: Episode 3, Breaking Into Vegas, published February 23, 2006


Film User Format Link Notes
The Code Room - Episode 01 (2004) NA []
The Code Room - Episode 02 (2005) NA []
The Code Room - Episode 03 (2006) NA []
The Code Room - Episode 01 (2004) NA WMV
The Code Room - Episode 02 (2005) NA WMV
The Code Room - Episode 03 (2006) NA WMV
The Code Room - Episode 03 (2006) NA WMV

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