The annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament kicks off Thursday morning at 9:15 a.m. PT, and millions of people are busy this week filling out their brackets. The American Gambling Association estimates that more than 70 million brackets will be filled out this year, and $9.2 billion bet in office pools, sportsbooks, local bookies, and other platforms.
Our competition is free to enter — we’re hosting it on Yahoo, and you can submit your bracket picks here. Only one entry is allowed per person, and the first-place bracket will win a ticket to the upcoming Sports Tech Summit. You also need to subscribe to our sports tech newsletter to be eligible:
For some advice, check out Microsoft Bing’s data-driven predictions. Or try FiveThirtyEight‘s projections, these tips from a Davidson math professor, as well as this insight from The Washington Post. The NCAA also has several expert predictions here.
We’re excited to host the inaugural GeekWire Sports Tech Summit on July 12, which will bring together professionals, investors, entrepreneurs and fans in sports and technology for a full day immersive and interactive summit focused on learning, networking and idea exchange. If you don’t end up finishing atop the March Madness standings, you can buy tickets to the event here.
I’ll provide updates throughout the tournament, noting who has the top brackets. Again, here’s the link to enter your bracket.
Any questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck to your bracket!