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The "iSports" team of Divya Natesan, Pooja Gada, and Ditaya Das won the grand prize at espnW Hack Day. (Photo Credit: Mashery Dev)
What happens when female technologists, some of the biggest names in tech, and sports come together at Stanford University? We found out this past weekend, and it was pretty inspiring and amazing.
Over 100+ developers and designers, API teams from ESPN, Facebook, Twitter, Twilio, YouTube, and Mashery, and many female athletes and mentors convened on the Stanford d.school to build sports apps for women and female sports fans in our first ever public Hackathon.
After an inspiring kickoff on Friday evening -- highlighted by an overview of espnW from Laura Gentile and Marly Ellis and remarks and Q&A from Mightybell founder Gina Bianchini -- hackers rolled up their sleeves Saturday morning to start building their hacks.
Gina Bianchini on Women, Sports, and Tech at espnW Hack Day
The iSports team (Divya Natesan, Pooja Gada, and Ditaya Das) won the ESPN Grand Prize for their athlete video & fact profile app that leverages facial recognition technology, collecting an all-expense paid trip to the ESPN HQ in Bristol, CT for a VIP, behind-the-scenes tour of the technology and culture behind the Worldwide Leader in Sports. The winners also each received 2 regular season tickets to an MLB, NBA, or NFL game of their choice, plus a Jawbone Big JAMBOX from Mashery for Best Mashery Hack, remixing data from ESPN and 2 other APIs in their network. Not bad for a Friday night and Saturday of coding!
Other winners included The Pack is Here (led by Margaret Morris), who won Nike Fuel Bands and Twilio Ad Credits for their use of the Twilio API, Number 1 Fan (Wayne Sutton, Melanie Mariotti, and Peter Ma), who collected a Twitter Schwag bag, Strength is Beautiful (Mercedes Coyle, Erin Parker, Meredith Prince, and Susan Tan), who wowed the YouTube team with a weight training video tool for women that featured female athletes, coaches, and trainers to take home a Samsung Galaxy Nexus tablet, and the Shared Stories from ESPN team (Zassmin Montes de Oca, Luke Byrne) that collected $1,000 in Facebook ad credits!
In total, there were 19 demonstrations on stage (16 of them using the ESPN API). In addition to the Grand Prize and Partner Prizes, the ESPN API team handed out ESPN Developer Center backpacks to every member of each team that used the ESPN API for their hack.
"Strength is Beautiful" won the top YouTube prize. (Photo Credit: Mashery Dev)
For those of you who missed the event, or if you just want to relive the fun, Wired wrote a a great piece that captured the excitement. You can also check out some photos and multimedia below:
- Post on ESPN Front Row
- Event Wrapup on Storify
- Featured Speaker: Gina Bianchini on Women, Sports, & Tech
- Photo Gallery from Mashery
- Photo Gallery from Twilio
- Photo Gallery from Delyn Simons
ESPN developers like Dheerja Kaur helped mentor participants during the event. (Photo Credit: Rob King)
We are so proud to have shared this event with such amazing developers and partners and hope to do another Hackathon in the future.
Stay inspired, stay coding, and stay sharp with your ESPN API skills. The winner of our 2nd Hackathon could be you!