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If you're interested in programming and sports statistics, participate in Sports Illustrated's Hackathon on May 16 and May 17

May 12, 2015

If you’re passionate about programming, statistics and sports, come compete in Sports Illustrated’s Hackathon on May 16 and May 17.

The Hackathon, which will last about 24 hours and will be held in New York’s financial district, is an opportunity to discover new applications for sports data. Participants can come alone or bring a team, and the first 60 people to arrive on site will be able to compete.

“We’re excited to work with technologists to find new applications for the abundance of sports data that is in the market right now,” said Robert Duffy, Vice President, Mobile Application Strategy and Engineering. “All the way back to baseball cards, data has been a powerful tool for people. Making it easier to consume and understand is more and more important as the volume of data we have now continues to increase.”

Prizes are sponsored by Sports Illustrated and some of its tech partners. They will be announced at the event. Sports Illustrated may also promote the new data on its website,, which attracts more than 20 million unique visitors a month; or its magazine, which has a readership of more than 20 million adults.

Projects will be subject to two rounds of judging. In the first round, judges will meet with teams to talk technical specifics and coding. The second round will focus on feasibility and the innovation of the idea. Snacks and drinks­—including plenty of caffeine—will be provided throughout the event. Judges will include Time Inc. CTO Colin Bodell and Damian Slattery, the CMO of the Sports Illustrated Group. The event will also feature guest speakers: Harri Hohteri, the CEO of SportIQ; Hiwotie Deres, a technical sports scientist with Catapult; and Alex Bresler, founder of ASBC LLC.

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