Schedule

  • Registration, Meet and Greet, and Coffee

  • Welcome, Introductions, and Pitch

  • Design and Code

  • Lunch

  • More Design and Code

  • Presentation, Judging and Awards

Sponsors

Be a Sponsor

Prizes

  • Chicago Overall Winners

    The winning team of the Chicago competition will win an annual MLB.TV Premium subscription for each team member (maximum team size of four).

  • Baseball Hack Day Grand Prize Winner

    In addition, the team who takes the grand prize (best of the winning teams of participating cities) will also recieve additional prize (and major bragging rights!)

  • Best Use of SportRadar API

    The project across all 5 cities that makes the best use of SportRadar API wins a 2016 season (6-month) Real Time MLB key.

  • Chicago Runner-Ups

    The runner-up team of the Chicago competition will win an annual Baseball Prospectus Super Premium subscription for each team member (maximum team size of four).

  • and more! (Want to sponsor a prize? Email us.)

Judges

  • Harry Pavlidis

    Director of Technology for Baseball Prospectus, Founder of Pitch Info

  • Michael Danes

    Director, Software Engineering, MLB Advanced Media

  • David Bridges

    Marketing Producer, Chicago Cubs

Come join us on March 19!

Love creating stuff on your computer? Love baseball? Come hack with us on March 19 at Dev Bootcamp Chicago, located at 351 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654!

The fifth annual Baseball Hack Day is a fun, friendly, one-day hacking competition for baseball fans of all skill levels.

At Baseball Hack Day, baseball mind come together and see what cool projects can be created within a limited time. The project could be (but is not limited to) a tool, app, website, or data visualization. Baseball Hack Day is a free event thanks to our generous sponsors and is based on the principles of the Hack Day Manifesto.

New to hack days? Have no fear! All skill levels are welcome. See our resources in our GitHub wiki, check out our inspiration blog on Tumblr, and follow us on Twitter @BaseballHackDay.

Driving to Baseball Hack Day? We recommend reserving parking in advance with our sponsor SpotHero! Get their iPhone or Android app or visit the 351 W Hubbard St. SpotHero Parking Page to find and reserve your parking spot. New users can download the app and enter promo code HACKCHI for an extra $5 off SpotHero's already discounted rates! Happy parking!

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Guidelines & Rules

First and foremost, this event will be a success if everyone has a good time. That is why we have a Code of Conduct. All attendees, sponsors, partners, volunteers and staff at our hackathon are required to agree with it. TLDR; Basically, please don't do anything that would detract from the fairness or fun of the event. Respect your fellow hackers.

We are using a hack submission service called DevPost. In order to win, you need to submit the hacks through it. It helps organizers keep track of the teams and the projects they create.

Hacks could be (but are not limited to) a tool, application, software, website, or data visualization and may be built using any programming language and platform that you choose. Teams can be of any size, but awards are only given to up to four individuals. Hacks will be judged for 1) Creativity/Originality, 2) Design/Presentation, and 3) Execution/Functionality.

The majority of your coding must happen during the event. Some work done prior to the event is allowed, but it should be disclosed at your demo. Ideas that are compact and executable in one-day format are encouraged, and we will reward teams that recognize this time constraint.

When time is up, you will have short show-and-tell and demo time (3 to 5 minutes, depending on how many projects there are). Judges also will come around during the event and you are encouraged to tell them about your projects at that time.

Prototypes/mockups for demo are OK, but working websites or mobile apps are strongly encouraged.