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2023 Hackathon Presented by Ticketmaster

About This Event


The 10th annual Hackathon at the 2023 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference will bring innovative and analytical minds together to create groundbreaking solutions in the sports industry. This competition is a tremendous way to meet industry experts and peers in the sports industry over the course of the conference.

The Hackathon, presented by Ticketmaster, will take place on Thursday, March 2nd (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 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 Conference on March 3-4 (exact time to be announced).

Theme preview:

The difference between watching a game and experiencing it live is enormous. The difference is the audience of fans. Fans pack the building, dial up the volume, and build the energy. Fans create the home-field advantage.

You’ve played fantasy sports, choosing, and balancing your perfect team to compete with your friends. In this year’s Hackathon, powered by Ticketmaster’s LiveAnalytics, you will get the unique opportunity to objectively analyze a real customer dataset to help sports teams, musicians, venues, and more build the perfect fan audience.

Application Process

The application for the 2023 MIT SSAC Hackathon is now closed.

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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 2nd). Final presentations will occur during the Conference on March 3-4 (exact time to be announced).

Q: When is the last day to apply?

A: All interested applicants must submit the application by January 27, 2023.

Q: Is the Hackathon an individual or team event?

A: All applicants must apply individually, but are welcome to collaborate in teams of two during the competition. Those selected for the hackathon will be added to a group chat to facilitate finding team members prior to the hackathon event on March 2nd. Once the Hackathon starts, individuals may only collaborate with their teammate (if any).

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 (if you have not already purchased 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 an 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 3rd. 

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

A: On Thursday, March 2nd, participants will be provided with a brief problem statement. 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 during the Conference on March 3-4 (exact time to be announced).

Q: How will the submissions be judged?

A: Submissions will be judged by industry leaders in the sports analytics space. The evaluation criteria will include creativity, functionality, originality, and innovativeness of submissions.

March 4, 2023
9:00 am
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