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The 3rd annual Hackathon at the 2017 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (presented by ESPN) 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 from both ESPN and Ticketmaster.

The hackathon will take place on Thursday, March 2nd, the day before the start of the Conference, at 9 am in the Hynes Convention Center (Room 302). There will be two divisions for participants- a student division and an open division for professionals with experience in the field of data analytics. Participants will develop creative ideas that advance the application of data analysis and visualization in sports analytics. Experts from ESPN’s Sports Analytics Team 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 be selected to present their ideas during the Conference as well. The winner of the student and open divisions will be awarded an all-expenses trip to Ticketmaster HQ in LA.

2017 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.

Application Details

The 3rd annual ESPN Hackathon will be limited to approximately 40 participants.  Selected participants will be required to register for the conference.