2017 Alpha Awards

Every year the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference recognizes and honors innovators in sports, from students and researchers to some of the biggest names in the industry. We congratulate the 2017 winners!

Research Paper presented by Wasserman:
Grand Prize: From Sports to Science: Using Basketball Analytics to Broaden the Appeal of Math and Science Among Youth by John F. Drazan, Amy K. Loya, Benjamin D. Horne, and Ron Eglash

Hackathon presented by ESPN and Ticketmaster:
Student: Melanie Lewis
Open: Devin Pleuler

Start-up Competition presented by Ticketmaster:
Bootstrapped: Socialie
Seed-Stage: Impakt Athletics
Venture-Stage: Noah Basketball

Reebok Accelerator presented by Reebok:
Nix Biotech and Open Gym

First Pitch Case Competition:
3rd Place:  University of Texas, McCombs School of Business
2nd Place:  Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business
1st Place:  Texas Christian University, Neely School of Business

Lifetime Achievement: Billy Beane
Best Analytics Organization: Chicago Cubs
Best Transaction: Golden State Warriors
Best Innovation: Q30 Q-Collar

esports Super Smash Bros Pro Competition
Winner: Tyler “Marss” Martins, DNL

esports Pro-AM:
Winners: Jason “Craftis” Barrios and Seth McIntyre 

Chess Simulation:
Longest survivor: Kunal Khanna