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The 4th annual Hackathon at the 2018 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference will bring innovative and analytical minds together to create groundbreaking solutions in the sports industry. Participants will develop and propose cutting-edge ideas to a board of industry expert judges.

The Hackathon will take place on Thursday, February 22nd (i.e. the day before the start of the Conference) at 9 am ET. Participants will develop creative ideas that advance the application of data analysis and visualization in sports analytics. Experts will provide mentorship throughout the event. Participants will present their work in a very brief presentation at the end of the day to a panel of distinguished judges. Finalists will then be selected to present their ideas during the second day of the conference.

Application Process

The application for the 2018 MIT SSAC Hackathon will be available in late 2017. Selected participants will be required to register for the conference.

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2017 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Hackathon

Theme: Measuring the immeasurable
Sports analytics is often criticized for ignoring intangibles such as chemistry, leadership, heart, and instinct. Participants in the Hackathon will be asked to start pushing back on that by clearly defining and then measuring an aspect of on court performance that was previously talked about as an intangible attribute. Participants will utilize basketball player tracking data to facilitate their measurements and will be judged on completeness of their definition, measurement approach, and results of their process.