The Sports Innovation Challenge for Georgia Tech Athletics

**Register here, too: [EVENTBRITE]

The challenge

It's impossible to not get caught up in the excitement of Atlanta's sports scene.  With six professional sports franchises, high-performing collegiate teams, and top-notch venues - it's thrilling to build technology sports solutions here.

Georgia Tech Athletics presents a free 24-hour hackathon in partnership with  Your Ideas Are Terrible focused on innovation in sports and athletics. While open to any sports or athletics-related idea, three main focus areas include - 

  • Athletic performance - wearables, data collection, performance analytics, optimization, injury prevention, apparel, equipment, talent evaluation
  • Fan engagement - in-game engagement, deepen relationships/segmentation, communications, sales
  • Operations - ticketing, game-day operations, parking, security, concessions, managing crowds entering and leaving a venue, venue management

Georgia Tech Athletics has a few specific challenges to consider tackling - 

  • BUZZ A.I. - Build Georgia Tech's first AI game day assistant. (Fan Engagement)

  • Social Media Recruiting Assistance (Performance)

  • Volleyball Wearable Dashboard - “The Accenture Challenge” Use actual GT wearable (jump) data to improve Volleyball performance (Athletic Performance)

  • Softball “Moneyball” – Help GT Softball win analyzing opponent data/games (Athletic Performance)

  • The Friday Night Medical Time Out - design an interactive app for the Medical Time Out for high school sports (Operations)

The event will feature free food, prize bundles full of tech goodies, appearances from professional players and coaches, and a chance to meet with Management Teams to potentially enter into a POC agreement with one or more sports organizations.

What is a Hackathon? 

A hackathon is a building sprint where teams of students and community members build new products or hack at an existing problem in 24-hours. The event engages design, development, and marketing talent, hears their ideas, prioritizes solutions, and prototypes/experiments to discover if the solutions work. Participants pitch final projects at the end of 24-hours to a panel of school and community leadership in hopes of winning prize bundles full of tech goodies, a chance to meet with management teams after the event to learn more about what it takes to pilot commercially, and one GT student will land a spot in CREATE-X's Startup Launch program.

Who should participate?

This event is open to both students and members of the Atlanta community.

Engineers, developers, designers and anyone with experience or interest in sports and athletics are invited to attend.

What's in it for you?

  • Build cool stuff in an awesome venue
  • Eat, drink and be merry. All sustenance will be provided.
  • Meet important people in the Atlanta professional sports industry.
  • Prize bundles of tech goodies
  • Garner interest from pro teams to move your concept forward and/or enter into a possible pilot agreement.
  • One winning team with at least one GT student will be guaranteed a spot in CREATE-X’s 2018 Startup Launch program, which includes $20,000 in seed investment, $50,000 in deferred legal assistance, 24/7 access to CREATE-X collaborative workspace, 27 weeks of coaching, and access to a network of 50+ mentors from the industry.
  • Keep what you build. If you building something of interest to Georgia Tech Athletics or one of the sponsoring professional sports organizations, you may be offered a contract to continue building your project and potentially run a pilot. All we ask for is right of first refusal.


Saturday, November 3rd

12:00 - Lunch + Kickoff

1:00 PM - Start hacking

6:00 PM - Dinner

Stay as late you want.


Sunday, November 4th

8:30 AM - Breakfast

12:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 - Public Expo + Judging

3:00 - Winners Announced. Prizes Awarded.

View full rules


Anyone 18 and older can participate - individuals, teams and organizations. There are no limits on team size, but we recommend 3-5 people. 



Must be focused on sports or athletic performance.

How to enter

The Sports Innovation Challenge is an in-person event in Atlanta. To register, sign up on DevPost & on Eventbrite, and show up!


Chris Klaus

Chris Klaus
Co-founder of Kaneva, CyberLaunch VC, NeuroLaunch & Internet Security Systems

Coach Josh Pastner

Coach Josh Pastner
Head Basketball Coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Karl Pierburg

Karl Pierburg
Vice President, Technology, Data and Analytics - lead all day-to-day technology and analytic operations - National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United of Major League Soccer and Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Matt Pugmire

Matt Pugmire
Senior Manager, Atlanta Liquid Studio Architecture Lead at Accenture

Judging Criteria

  • Awesomeness
    Wow factor. Did you build something no one thought was possible in the scope of a weekend? Did you use techniques that are abnormal, often impractical, and weirdly elegant?
  • Design
    Is it easy to understand? Is it easy to use? Is it creative?
  • Functionality
    Does it solve the challenge? Does it work as is or does it require additional resources? Can it be scaled in a cost-effective way?
  • CreateX Prize
    One team with at least one GT student will be guaranteed a spot in CREATE-X’s 2018 Startup Launch program. Includes $20,000 in seed investment, $50,000 in legal assistance, access to CREATE-X collaborative workspace, coaching and mentorship.