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2022 Hackathon Presented by ESPN and the National Hockey League (NHL)

About This Event


The 9th annual Hackathon at the 2022 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 the NHL, will take place on Thursday, March 3rd (i.e. the day before the official start of the Conference) starting at 9:00 am ET. During the day, participants will be provided with a brief of the task and data set.  Industry experts from ESPN and the NHL 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.

Topic Preview: Hack away with puck and player tracking data taken from a specific Stanley Cup Playoffs series!

Application Process

Please apply to the 2022 MIT SSAC Hackathon HERE.

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

Hackathon FAQs

Q: When is the Hackathon?

A: The Hackathon will start at 9:00 am and run most of the day on the Thursday before the conference (March 3rd).  Final presentations will occur on the Saturday of the conference (March 5th).

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: Yes!  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 a participant in the Hackathon?

A: You will be notified of acceptance by February 11th. 

Q: What will happen on the day of the competition?

A: On Thursday, March 3rd, participants will be provided with a brief.  Participants will work on 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 5th.

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.  

March 3, 2022
9:00 am
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