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2020 DraftKings Sports Gaming Innovation Challenge

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About This Event

DraftKings, the digital sports entertainment and gaming company, invites graduate students and those attending the conference to enter their Sports Gaming Innovation Challenge! Graduate students from around the country will be tasked with creating and presenting a new sports gaming concept to DraftKings. The proposed idea must integrate with the DraftKings fantasy or sports betting application and must pertain to one of the following topics:

  • A new fantasy sport
  • A new way to play fantasy for a current sport offered on DraftKings (DraftKings offers NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, Golf, Soccer, MMA, NASCAR, Tennis or eSports)
  • A new way to bet on a sport on DraftKings Sportsbook.

A set of finalists will be selected to present their ideas during the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference and compete for the top three prizes!


In order to register successfully, an individual or team must adhere to the following eligibility criteria:

  • A team may include up to three individuals (i.e. one, two, or three applicants)
  • Each applicant must be a graduate student
  • Each applicant must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age
  • Each applicant must be U.S.-based

**Accepted applicants will be able to purchase student tickets, which are highly discounted from regular priced tickets and otherwise sold out**

Registration Process

Registration for the DraftKings Sports Gaming Innovation Challenge is now closed.

Please contact the Interactive Events team if you have any questions (Dan Alvarez: We also encourage participants to subscribe to our newsletter  in order to receive the latest information about the conference!


Registration Deadline -- February 1, 2020

Deliverable Submission Deadline -- February 12, 2020

Top 5 Teams Notified -- Week of February 17, 2020

Top 5 Teams Presentation Guidance Calls with Draftkings -- Week of February 17, 2020

Final Round Presentations -- March 6, 2020


The event finalists are eligible to compete for the top three prizes, which will be awarded following the 2020 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference:

  • First place: $2,000 team cash prize, plus internship with DraftKings (exact dates to be decided upon by DraftKings) and lunch with DraftKings CEO, Jason Robins during the conference (exact day during conference TBD)
  • Second place: Four tickets to a basketball or baseball game, plus $500 team cash prize
  • Third Place: Four tickets to a basketball or baseball game, plus $250 team cash prize

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