A game that combines fantasy baseball and Monopoly. A project that identifies soccer teams that are suffering from missing players due to preventable injuries. A website called SuperBowlDrinkingGame.com.
Sunday’s conclusion of the first-ever Sports Hack Day certainly reinforced a simple fact: infinite opportunities exist at the crossover between sports and technology.
More than 20 groups demoed their sporty-geeky-techie apps and data crunches at the HUB Seattle in front of five judges from the Seattle startup scene.
“I’m totally astonished by what you guys did this weekend,” event organizer Carter Rabasa told the group of 100 or so.
Adam Kramer, Ravi Ramineni, Matt Perry and Sarah Rudd won “Best Overall App” for “Project Submarino,” a data hack that identifies soccer teams that are suffering from missing players due to preventable injuries. Pulling data from SportsData, the app analyzes muscular and joint injuries for each team in the English Premier League.
The difference between finishing 17th versus 18th in the EPL can cost a team an estimated $100 million, and this data could help teams pay more attention to how they deal with certain injuries. All four members of “Project Submarino” won a Nexus 7, as well as $100 per month of Cloudant credit for each team member for a year.
Hard to believe this weekend is already over. Major props to Rabasa, Jon Rooney and the rest of the organizers. Seemed like everything from the food to the Wi-Fi to the event itself went super smoothly. I’d imagine Sports Hack Day II will be going down in the near future.
This was my first-ever hackathon. I’ve been documenting my experience from Day 1 and Day 2 about my team’s effort to build an app that shows side-by-side comparisons of football players today versus when they were in college. We’re seeing how much head sizes have grown, a telling sign of a performance-enhancing drug user.
I learned a lot about hackathons, teamwork and my own perceptions this weekend. Check back tonight for the final “Sports Hack Day Diary” piece as I reflect on how well my team worked and how little sleep we got.
Here’s a list of all the teams here this weekend:
My Team Page — A data hack that pulls Instagram and ESPN articles about a chosen team.
Commentary Breakdown — An app that improves the second-screen experience based on the action on the field and conversation from the broadcast.
LongHauler - An iPhone app that takes your Nike Plus data and lets you compete against your friends when hiking long distances.
Sociable FM – Socializing fanalytics data collection by allowing fans at a venue to interact with one another at a sporting event. Allows users to text or call a phone number to move the virtual ball up and down the field.
Callin’ it – Callin’it puts real-time sports data right into the palm of your hand, allowing you to challenge friends and other fans on the outcome of individual stats, plays and sporting events.
Gametime — An app that re-imagines sports tickets for mobile.
Tell Me What to Watch — A recommendation engine of what the best games on TV are on based on watching good teams, upsets, your favorite teams, Twitter activity, etc.
Super Bowl Drinking Game – Just like it sounds — let the app know which team you’re rooting for and it will send you drinking instructions throughout the game based on real-time team stats (touchdowns, big plays, etc.) as they happen.
GIF Goat — Android app that shows a bunch of sports-related animated GIFs.
Trading Bases — A fantasy baseball/Monopoly hybrid game that pits four friends against each other in a strategic fight to control the baseball field. Acquire and trade positions, collect rent from your friends, even get bonuses for checking-in at the beer stand.
guessalittle – Real-time, event-driven interactive app that uses historical NFL data to predict passes and yards at each juncture.
Don’t Spoil Sport – Scores and news from around the NFL, just not the one that will spoil watching your team later on. (Won Best App Award)
Birdbet — A data app that analyzes Twitter feeds of NFL players to predict the outcome of games.
AdYouLation — Watch the Super Bowl ads and choose the ones you like the most. See if you can predict the most popular ads.
14-minute drill — An NFL app to guide coaches and fans in game and clock management. Presents real-world scenarios and users can make decisions. Find how you stack against other experts. (Won Best Data Hack Award)
The BBQ– A Better Balanced Quotient for better measuring football team, offense, and defense quality. Aims to remove relationships between offense YPG and defense YPG by using Yards Per Drive, normalizing based on field position, and combining for a game stat and a season stat.
Project Submarino — A soccer project that identifies teams that are suffering from missing players due to preventable injuries.
Sporttrip — See your favorite team on the road with the best hotel, car and airfare deals.
Vote For Your Favorite Beer — Vote For Your Favorite Beer to drink while watching the Super Bowl.
Harbowl Genealogy – Data Hack — Data hack chart comparing views between coaches Jim and John Hharbaugh to learn Google Compute Engine Technologies.