BU Spring 2018

May 12, 2018
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston University

1 University Rd, Boston, MA 02215

In the big gym on the first floor of the BU Student Activities Office building.


BU Spring 2018 Organizers

Gus Lipkin, James Quinn, and Jonas Rajagopal
WCA Delegates
Matthew McMillan and Tim Reynolds

This is the third competition ever to be held in Boston, and the first at BU. The cost to compete is $15 USD, and the competitor limit is 130. Spectators may attend free of charge. There will be no registration or payment at the door. You registration will not be considered complete and you will not be added to the competitor list until you have registered and paid.

Main event
Registration period

Online registration opened and closed .

Registration requirements
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There is a competitor limit of 130 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $15 (United States Dollar).

The cost for this competition is $15. You must register and pay online via stripe to compete. There will be no registrations at the door. Full refunds will be given to anyone who requests a refund before 8pm EST on April 27, if there is someone to take your spot.

We will have a waitlist for this competition with a maximum size of 20 people. If registration is full, please register without paying. You will be notified at least a week before the competition if you have made it off the waitlist, in which case you will have 24 hours to pay the registration fee. Please contact matt@cubingusa.org if you have any questions about this process.

Click here to display the highlights of the competition.

Samuel Brenner won with an average of 8.47 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Nipun Kisari finished second (8.86) and Joshua Broderick Phillips finished third (8.99).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Cube Samuel Brenner 7.70 8.47 United States 7.709.
4x4x4 Cube Samantha Raskind 35.55 38.56 United States 39.5536.6135.5543.5939.51
5x5x5 Cube Samantha Raskind 1:01.24 1:08.37 United States 1:10.821:08.021:01.241:06.271:11.86
6x6x6 Cube Samantha Raskind 2:05.15 2:08.69 United States 2:15.322:05.592:05.15
3x3x3 One-Handed Samuel Brenner 12.75 14.77 United States 17.1112.7515.1215.2413.94
Pyraminx Abhinav Govindaraju 2.39 3.88 United States 3.946.083.982.393.71
Square-1 Joshua Broderick Phillips 11.71 13.60 United States 12.3713.2918.3211.7115.15
Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 32 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
4x4x4 Cube Final Bo2 / Ao5 2:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:10.00
5x5x5 Cube Final Bo2 / Ao5 4:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:30.00
6x6x6 Cube Final Bo1 / Mo3 6:00.00 1 attempt to get < 4:30.00
3x3x3 One-Handed First round Ao5 5:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
Pyraminx First round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
Square-1 Final Bo2 / Ao5 2:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:00.00

The groups and staffing assignments for this competition can be found in this pdf.
For each event you are competing in, you are assigned to help in one or two heats. You may also be assigned to help out in another event. YOU MUST SHOW UP TO THESE ASSIGNMENTS AND HELP! IF YOU DO NOT, WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY YOU FROM COMPETING IN THAT EVENT!
First time competitors are not required to judge.

Events Rounds Cutoff Time Limit Second Round Third Round
3x3x3 Cube 3 None 10:00 32 16
4x4x4 Cube 1 1:10 1:45
5x5x5 Cube 1 2:30 4:00
6x6x6 Cube 1 4:30 6:00
3x3x3 One-Handed 2 None 2:00 16
Square-1 1 1:00 2:00
Pyraminx 2 None 10:00 16


Time Event
8:00-9:15 6x6x6 Cube Combined Final
9:15-10:45 3x3x3 Cube Round 1
10:45-11:45 Pyraminx Round 1
11:45-12:45 Lunch
12:45-1:45 4x4x4 Cube Combined Final
1:45-2:15 3x3x3 Cube Round 2
2:15-3:15 Square-1 Combined Final
3:15-4:15 3x3x3 One-Handed Round 1
4:15-5:15 5x5x5 Cube Combined Final
5:45-6:00 Pyraminx Round 2
6:00-6:15 3x3x3 One-Handed Round 2
6:15-6:30 3x3x3 Cube Round 3
6:30 Cleanup and Awards

The venue's address is 1 University Rd, Boston, MA 02215

By plane: Logan Airport is a 20-30 minute drive from the venue.

By train: The nearest T station is BU Central, on the B branch of the Green Line.
A map of the T can be found at https://www.mbta.com/schedules/subway.

Parking: BU Lot H is right next to the venue. It has 60 spots and costs $12 to park for the day. Please fill this lot full before using the overflow lot. There are no reservations for the parking. The lot closes for entries at 1pm, but can still be exited after. There are also meters on Commonwealth Avenue that need to be fed every four hours. We highly encourage using public transportation as this is convenient and a cheaper alternative. A ten minute walk away, at Warren Towers, also for $12, lot K on the map, there is an overflow lot. This is at 700 Commonwealth Avenue. http://www.bu.edu/parking/files/2015/06/ParkingMaps_CharlesRiver.pdf

From lot H, to get to the venue, exit the lot the way you drove in, turn left on university road, walk completely past the school, and turn left right before Storrow drive into the building.

There are many hotels nearby, ranging in price. You can find them at http://bit.ly/2nnnu7g.

There are many options for lunch. The George Sherman Union is next door and has a food court on the ground floor. There are also many food options nearby and on Commonwealth Avenue for those who would prefer more options. You can find more info at http://www.bu.edu/dining/where-to-eat/retail-dining/union-court1/. Due to lines at the food court, we recommend leaving and getting food once you finish pyraminx, this way we can stay on schedule and potentially even be early.

This competition will be sponsored by Cubedepot!
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They will be vending and supplying prizes for the winners!
Prizes: 3x3 Podium: 1st: $20 Gift Card, 2nd: $15 Gift Card, 3rd: $10 Gift Card
Other podiums: 1st: $10 Gift Card, 2nd: $7 Gift Card, 3rd: $5 Gift Card

1: Connect to BU Guest
2: Go to www.bu.edu
3: Click Request a guest Account
4: Complete Access form
5: Go back to original page and enter the credentials that will be emailed to you automatically after you request a guest account and fill out the form

Time limit

If you reach the time limit during your solve, the judge will stop you and your result will be DNF (see Regulation A1a4).


The result to beat to proceed to the second phase of a cutoff round (see Regulation 9g).


The format describes how to determine the ranking of competitors based on their results. The list of allowed formats per event is described in Regulation 9b. See Regulation 9f for a description of each format.

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