The On Deck Cup is a nationwide hackathon competition designed to unite developers, designers, technologists and anyone else passionate about sports and technology in a series of events aimed at developing innovative new technologies focused on sports.

The event consists of four regional hackathons to be held in Boston, New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and a final hackathon event to be held as part of the On Deck West Conference in San Francisco on October 22nd, 2013.

Our goal is to pull together hundreds of sports-focused technologists for a series of awesome weekend events focused on creating new and innovative projects that improve how we follow, analyze and enjoy sports, broadly speaking.

Why is On Deck holding the On Deck Cup?

The On Deck Cup is an offshoot of the On Deck Sports and Technology Conference, which was held for the first time in New York City this past February. Our intention in organizing the On Deck Conference was to spotlight some of the coolest and most innovative technologies improving the life of the sports fan.

In much the same vein, we’re organizing the On Deck Cup to provide support and attention to some of the most talented innovators in the sports technology space. Our hope is that the On Deck Cup series will foster innovative new projects and collaborations that, when fleshed out over time, could materially impact the sports industry in years to come.

We also aim to give the best of the best projects to emerge from the On Deck Cup series additional exposure by putting these projects (and their creators) front and center at the On Deck West conference, where top teams will demo their projects in front of hundreds attendees from the sports technology and sports business worlds. And of course, we’ve got some great prizes on offer for the best projects of the On Deck Cup series.

What are the key challenge dates?

The four On Deck Cup regional hackathons will be held in various cities nationwide, beginning the weekend of September 7th-8th in Boston. The dates of the four regional hackathons are below (additional details can be found on our schedule page):

  • Boston — September 7th-8th
  • New York — September 21st-22nd
  • Los Angeles — September 28th-29th
  • San Francisco — October 5th-6th

The live-juried finals, comprised of the top competing teams from each regional hackathon, will be held as part of the On Deck West Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, October 22nd.

What can I win?

We will have a juried demo round at the conclusion of each On Deck Cup regional event. At the conclusion of all demos, judges will select an overall winning team, who will win an all-expense paid trip for two to the On Deck West Conference in San Francisco on October 22nd, 2013 Winning teams will be invited to participate in the final round event of the On Deck Cup, which will be the concluding event on stage at On Deck West.

The four On Deck Cup regional winners, along with four wild-card entries selected at the conclusion of the On Deck Cup series, will present in a juried final at On Deck West. The winner of that competition will win two tickets to Super Bowl XLVII in New York City, as well as other prizes.

At all regional On Deck Cup events, we'll also have a variety of prizes available for projects that best utilize particular APIs or that are designed for certain platforms.

What will be the criteria for judging?

Submissions will be judged based on a combination of the following criteria, considered loosely in this rank order:

  1. Potential positive impact of project to deepen our ability to understand, analyze or enjoy sports.
  2. Implementation of the project, including its user experience and design.
  3. Technical difficulty of project.
  4. Creativity and originality of project.
  5. Potential commercial viability of the project.

Entry

Why should I enter?

Because you love both sports and technology, and because you want to have a hands-on role in shaping how technology will improve and enhance our ability to both analyze and enjoy sports in the future!

We're aiming to create a series of can't-miss events that will bring together sports technologists around the country, so participating in the On Deck Cup should be a great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals or hack on a cool weekend project with friends and colleagues.

And if that's not enticing enough, we'll have a series of awesome prizes to rewards the best projects to emerge from each On Deck Cup hackathon.

Convinced yet? Head over to our registration page to sign up!

How do I enter?

To officially enter an On Deck Cup regional hackathon sign up on Eventbrite via our registration page. Be sure to sign up for the hackathon in the city you’d like to attend.

To make it easier for developers to brainstorm ideas and find desired teammates, the On Deck Cup has set up CollabFinder pages to facilitate project ideation and team formation prior to and during On Deck Cup hackathons. Visit the On Deck Cup page on CollabFinder to list a project, explore existing projects and find teammates in your city.

CollabFinder registration is free but does require that all participants have a personal Facebook account to register.

Eligibility

On Deck Cup is open to anyone. To be legally eligible to win a prize, participants must be legal residents, 14 or older, of the 50 United States (including the District of Columbia).

Submissions

Who will own my work?

All entrants, regardless of winner status, will retain complete intellectual property ownership of their projects.

What will On Deck do with my submission?

The On Deck Cup Sponsors and Administrators will have the right to display and promote your submission to the public on the On Deck Cup website and partner sites. They will also be allowed to publicize your name in connection with the submission and the On Deck Cup.

Can I update my submission after the deadline?

No. Regional winners that are invited to present at the Finals at On Deck West will be provided additional instructions and rules for working on their project before final presentations.

Does my project have to be fresh code?

Yes. All projects must be Fresh Code. Before your hackathon begins you may work on your design, logo, wireframes, idea validation, digital mockups, but no coding can be done beforehand.

Read more on our rules page.

Resources

What resources can we use for the On Deck Cup?

Visit the resources page to find an in-depth list of sports-related APIs, data sets and other useful information. Do not feel limited to only these data sources as you are free to use any data you'd like in the creation of your project. The resources page will be updated periodically, so be sure to check back to explore new data sets.

Because hackers at the the OnDeck Cup will be exposed to a number of powerful new sports APIs, we've also created an EngineHere page for the event to help cut through the documentation and accelerate the learning curve. EngineHere is a hybrid of Stack Overflow and Google Hangouts, a real-time Q&A site with features focused on facilitating conversations between coders. Through EngineHere, coders will be able to instantly communicate with each other, as well as with developers from our API partners.

If you’d like to suggest a data set we should include on the resources page, please shoot us a note at cup@ondeckconference.com.

What if I have questions about the data I'm using?

If you have questions about specific outside data sets, please contact the provider directly for assistance. If questions are not resolved, please contact us at cup@ondeckconference.com and we’ll do our best to help.

Teams

Am I required to work with a team?

No, but teams are encouraged. Each On Deck Cup regional hackathon challenge will allocate time before the hack begins for participants to present ideas and find teammates with similar ideas and complementary skills. Participants are welcome to work alone or with a group of other participants, and there are no limits on team size. Additionally, we encourage participants to utilize CollabFinder to identify potential projects and partners prior to the hackathon.

How does CollabFinder’s platform help me find teammates?

CollabFinder allows you to easily search On Deck Cup participants by skill set, location, interests and even your mutual friends. You can, for example, browse front end developers in Boston, MA if you need one for your project. If you see anyone you'd like to collaborate with just send him or her a message. You can also browse other proposed On Deck Cup projects and join them with one click.

How do I know which CollabFinder category I fit into?

You need not be a professional developer, designer, writer, artist or scientist to join CollabFinder. You need only be skilled enough in a skillset to contribute to the development of an application. For example, if you have helped design apps in the past you should sign up as a designer. We ask that participants provide an honest description of their skills so teams can find the right teammates to build great things.

Projects

What are the Project Pages on CollabFinder for?

Project Pages allow you to post a project or project idea that you would like to build during On Deck Cup so that other CollabFinder members may join your project and help you build it. Additionally, partipants looking for a project to join can find the projects most appealing to them on the project pages.

What happens if another team is working on a similar project?

Multiple teams may work on the same idea. The advantage of using CollabFinder to post your project ideas early is that you can now reach out to other individuals working on similar ideas and potentially team up and share resources.

How can I get feedback on my project?

Post your application idea, screenshots and/or a video to CollabFinder by clicking the "post a project" link. Share your project page with the people you want to gather feedback from. Anyone can leave a question or feedback on your project page before and during the hackathon.

How can I be involved if I'm not a developer?

Even if you're not a developer, we'd love to have you on hand to see the live demos at the conclusion of each On Deck Cup event. We've set up a special ticket in Eventbrite for individuals who are only interested in attending the final hackathon demos at each event. If you would like to get involved in some other way, please shoot us a note at cup@ondeckconference.com!

Sponsors

The On Deck Cup is presented by SeatGeek and Yahoo! Sports, along with numerous partners from the sports and technology communities. A full list of On Deck Cup partners can be found on our partners page.

Contact & Updates

Visit the On Deck Cup official website for updates, or follow us on Twitter at @ondeckcup.

Email us at cup@ondeckconference.com or send us a tweet @ondeckcup.