Register for the 48-hour SportsHack hackathon, Nov. 27–29 at SFU

November 26, 2015

This weekend, Nov. 27–29, SFU’s Segal Building at the Vancouver campus will be one of three locations hosting SportsHack—a national, multi-city, 48-hour hackathon.  

SportsHack brings together teams of hackers in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax to compete in developing innovative sports-related software solutions.

This year, the more than 400 participants will have access to the Canadian Football League's statistics, video and website analytics to develop real-world technologies designed to drive the league’s fan engagement, ticket sales and social media.

Participants will also have access to tools and gadgets such as IBM's Data Scientist Workbench and Watson Analytics, Recon Instruments' smart eyewear, and Mio Global's fitness tech watches.

Everyone is welcome to participate and registration is open until the start of the event on Friday, Nov. 27 at 2:30 p.m.

Ian Hand, executive director of SFU’s Innovation Office and VentureLabs, will be one of the mentors available to participants. He says the hackathon is a great opportunity for SFU students to put their learning into practice.

"SportsHack 2015 represents a unique and fun opportunity to innovate using the latest big data tools and analytics and interactive sports technology wearable devices to develop creative solutions for the CFL and other sports technology market applications,” says Hand. “As an added bonus, you are competing with teams across Canada for national recognition and more than $14,000 in prizes.”

Hacking begins Friday and continues through Saturday with judging taking place on Sunday. Regional judges will select the top-three finalists to advance to the national round where they will make a virtual pitch to the panel of national judges.

The national winning team will have the opportunity to work with the CFL and mentors to bring their solution to market.

SportsHack is organized by the Ryerson Centre for Cloud and Context Aware Computing (RC4), Big Data University, IBM Canada, and We Are Wearables in collaboration with the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program supported university partnership of Ryerson University, Simon Fraser University (SFU), and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), as well as Volta Labs.