2019 Hackathon

2019 Hackathon

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The 5th annual Hackathon at the 2019 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference will bring innovative and analytical minds together to create groundbreaking solutions in the sports industry.

The Hackathon, presented by Perform and Ticketmaster, will take place on Thursday, February 28th (i.e. the day before the official start of the Conference) starting at 7:30 am ET. During the day, participants will be provided with a brief to build a digital concept, utilizing WTA data, which engages with fans.  Industry experts from both Perform and Ticketmaster will provide mentorship throughout the event. The event culminates with participants presenting their work in a brief presentation to a panel of distinguished judges.

A set of finalists from both the Student and Open divisions will then be selected to present their ideas during the second day (i.e. Saturday) of the Conference.

Application Process

The application for the 2019 MIT SSAC Hackathon is now CLOSED.

Thank you to all those who applied!

Please contact the Hackathon team (hackathon@sloansportsconference.com) if you have questions or concerns. We encourage you to subscribe to our newsletter in order to receive the latest information about the conference.

2019 Hackathon Theme: Crafting a Fan Experience

Sports data is becoming increasingly more complex. While more and better data can expand and deepen our understanding of sports, it can also make telling these complex stories more challenging. This year, Hackathon participants will be given WTA data with which to create a digital experience concept focused on fan engagement.

Hackathon FAQs

Q: When is the Hackathon?

A: The Hackathon will start at 7:30 am and run most of the day on the Thursday before the conference (Feb. 28th).  Final presentations will occur on the Saturday of the conference (March 2nd).

Q: Is the Hackathon an individual or team event?

A: All applicants must apply individually, but are welcome to collaborate in the competition.

Q: Are there any restrictions on what companies I can apply from for the Open track?

A: Nope! Any professional should feel free to apply.

Q: Do I need to buy a ticket to apply/participate in the Hackathon?

A: If you are selected as a participant, you will have the opportunity to buy a ticket.  Students will be able to purchase a ticket at the Student rate, while Open track participants will have to pay full price.

Q: Is the competition open to students of all levels?

A: Yup!  Feel free to apply if you are in high school, undergrad, masters, or PhD programs.

Q: When will I hear back if I am selected as an participant in the Hackathon?

A: The current plan is to send out notifications of acceptance the week of February 4th.

Q: What will happen day of the competition?

A: On Thursday Feb. 28th, participants will be provided with a brief to utilize WTA data to create a digital concept that engages with fans.  Participants will work the problem during the day with the competition ending in the afternoon.  If you are selected as a finalist, you will be invited to present on Saturday March 2nd.

Q: Who is judging the competition?

A: The judging panel will be made up of industry leaders in the sports analytics space who can evaluate the quality of the submissions from the competition.