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.
The Hackathon, presented by ESPN and Ticketmaster, will take place on Thursday, February 22nd (i.e. the day before the official start of the Conference) starting at 9 am ET. During that day, participants will select a prompt, analyze data, and propose potential solutions that advance the application of data analysis and visualization in sports analytics. Industry experts from both ESPN 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.
The application for the 2018 MIT SSAC Hackathon is now closed.
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2018 Hackathon Theme: Storytelling with Data
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 a choice of four prompts to work from to utilize the complex NBA player tracking data to tell a novel story and answer a question that we could not previously answer from a quantitative perspective.