After repeated success and increased participation, we have decided to toss in a few twists to last year’s all-night hack-a-thon style event! In last year’s challenge, the hardworking students of Syracuse University were given the chance to create, innovate and pitch their “gamified” ideas to MLB.com employees on campus. This year, we’re repeating the contest, and focusing more on one of the hot new trends in the technology industry, “BIG DATA!”
Hackathon and Pitches
The MLB.com College Challenge is a two-day event including a kick-off dinner, an all-night hack-a-thon, and a networking/final presentation event at the Syracuse Chiefs’ stadium. The College Challenge will be taking place on the Syracuse University campus from November 21-22.
The competition will ask teams of students to step up to the plate by attacking real-world problems in the technology and sports industries. Teams will submit and present competing solutions to demonstrate their creativity, insight, and talent in a fun, interactive environment. Teams will be judged on creativity, innovation and professionalism and will compete for a grand prize trip to NYC, highlighted by a behind-the-scenes tour of MLB.com’s headquarters in Chelsea and lunch with MLB.com employees.
Each competing student must register online as part of a team. Rosters need to be composed of 2-5 registered Syracuse University students, and MUST have at least one iSchooler. Students from all programs, schools and colleges, and skill and degree levels are welcome to register for this event. However, space is limited, so plan to register early, and definitely by the November 15 deadline.
Schedule of Events
Thursday, November 21
6:30 pm: Kick-off Dinner and Opening Ceremony
8:00 pm: MLB.com College Challenge begins
Friday, November 22
2:00 pm: Hard stop. Students will submit their projects and have a break until 3:30pm.
3:00 pm: Board buses to the final presentation event
3:30 pm: Arrive at Alliance Bank (Syracuse Chiefs) Stadium
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Student pitches!
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Celebration dinner
7:00 pm: Finalist announcement and pitches
7:45 pm: Winner is announced!
The event is free to students and sponsored by the iSchool at Syracuse and MLB.com. Event details and updates will be provided at http://mlbam.ischool.syr.edu. Please direct any event specific questions to Julie Walas Huynh firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeff Rubin email@example.com.
May the best team win!