Stratford School partners with Rogers, NHL, Intel, Sportsnet and Concept for Hackathon

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Sportsnet Hockey Hack Powered by Rogers 5G logo and sponsorsStudents have a unique opportunity to spend a week in November, hacking hockey and innovating with 5G technology. The  Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business is partnering with SportsnetRogersThe NHL,  Intel,  GEDI, and  Concept to offer an incredible experience exclusive to UWaterloo students, allowing them to be on the forefront of sports tech innovation.  

Sportsnet Hockey Hack: Powered by Rogers 5G  is a collaborative, week-long hackathon offering the unique opportunity for participants to work with Rogers’ groundbreaking, low latency 5G technology. Students will have access to real on-ice tracking data from the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs games and use it to test and implement their innovative solutions. The week's overall goal is to take the problem statement and devise innovative ways to increase audience engagement and enhance the fan experience for Sportsnet viewers. 

Participants will spend the week hacking with an interdisciplinary team to create an innovative solution to the following problem statement: 

How might we provide Sportsnet and NHL fans (existing and new) with an unmatched viewing experience that delivers immersive, social-safe, and fun engagements, both inside and outside the physical arena, by  leveraging 5G?

Each team will have an assigned mentor helping to guide them through the week, access to experts supplied by the NHL, Sportsnet, Rogers, and Intel to assist in technical aspects, design, and solution delivery. The hackathon will culminate with a live pitch event featuring Q&A sessions for the teams to showcase their innovative prototypes and impress a panel of judges. 

Beyond the opportunities to work with cutting-edge technology and develop the future of sports tech innovation, involved partners have provided some amazing prizes for participants and winners of the hackathon. Rogers and Intel will be providing tech device prizes, job placement opportunities for winning teams, as well as the potential to continue working on their innovative solution with continued guidance and support. Winning teams will see increased resources and the potential to commercialize their idea through a partnered venture. Sportsnet will be providing participants with some great swag from their partners at Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment and the Blue Jays. 

Applications close November 9. Apply today for your chance to change the way millions of NHL fans watch and get engaged with the sport of hockey. 

This article was originally published in the Daily Bulletin and has been adapted for the Stratford School.