2016 Alpha Awards

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS! The effort, smarts, and innovation that participants bring to these events never cease to amaze us. Several great companies / minds got their start at SSAC, so keep an eye on these winners!

Student: Ashutosh Nanda
Open: Colin Davy

First Pitch Case Competition:
3rd Place: Old Dominion
2nd Place: Cornell University
1st Place: McGill University

Research Paper:
Grand Prize: “The Thin Edge of the Wedge”: Accurately Predicting Shot Outcomes in Tennis Using Style and Context Priorsby Patrick Lucey, Stuart Morgan, Machar Reid, Sridha Sridharan, and Xinyu Wei
An article will be written with FiveThirtyEight based on this research
Fan Vote Poster: Finding the Open Receiver: A Quantitative Geospatial Analysis of Quarterback Decision-Making, by Jeremy Hochstedler

Trade Show:
Less than $1M in Fundraising: Humon
Greater than $1M in Fundraising: Halo Neuroscience


Best Transaction – Leicester City
Best Innovation – Babolat Play
Best Analytics Organization – Golden State Warriors
Lifetime Achievement – Michael Lewis
Best Analytics Organization of the Decade – Tampa Bay Rays
Best Advanced Statistic – VORP, Keith Woolner (baseball)
Best Transaction of the Decade – New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees
Best Innovation – MLB Advanced Media
10-for-10 Attendees: Dean Oliver, Eli Witus, Aaron, Barzilai, Shira Springer, Mike Zarren, Ken Catanella, Gabriel Farkus, Sachin Gupta, Jessica Gelman, and Daryl Morey