Manchester City - Football Club hosts first Hackathon in July 2016
The city of football club ManchesterCity had organized a new event #HackMCFC, which will provide participants with access to the world leading performances including match data associated with players to help them to uncover detailed sight , students who are interested in fields like (tech, data , Digital Product Design ) are invited to participates in this event for a weekend of hacking. The Event is supported by Premier League, OptaPro and ChyronHego, which will take place from 29 - 31 July at the City Football Academy. Participants will be able to access rarely released data sets provided by OptaPro and ChyronHego to help them catalyst new ideas and insights about player and team performance.
Students could win once in a lifetime experiences and internships at the Club, which prides itself on delivering exciting and innovating content and technology. The invitation to register in this brand new event is for any one over 16 age who can demonstrate technical skills with passion in data. The participation in the unique event is limited and all applications will be subject to a selection process, were all participants got meals and two nights accommodation free in charge.
Ed Sulley, Head of Research and Innovation for City Football Services, commented: “At Manchester City, we pro-actively strive to be at the forefront of innovative technologies that can help enhance our performance on and off the pitch. This vision is shared by our sister clubs New York City FC, Melbourne City FC and Yokohama F-Marinos, who are all supported by City Football Services, a unique part of the wider City Football Group business model that allows us to share innovative IP and insights across all four of our clubs.
“This Hackathon enables us to engage fans of both sport and technology in this process, and the support of the Premier League means we can provide them with a unique opportunity to access exclusive data they can use to develop creative ideas. We look forward to working with the participants and seeing what ground-breaking technologies they can bring to the table that could potentially benefit all four clubs across the City Football Group.”
Ben Mackriell, Head of OptaPro, added: “The application of advanced analytics within professional football has progressed significantly over the past 18 months and is an area where OptaPro has strived to help teams begin to understand its value.
“We are proud to work with a club as forward thinking as Manchester City. Having worked alongside them in the ground-breaking MCFC Analytics project, #HackMCFC is the perfect evolution of this. The event offers an exciting opportunity for participants to generate innovative data-driven insights from what is an extremely detailed dataset and is an excellent demonstration of Manchester City’s commitment to driving this growing industry forward.”
David Eccles, Account Manager-Sports at ChryonHego, who provide the world leading optical tracking solution – TracAb, also said: "ChyronHego provide accurate positional and statistical information in real-time allowing more opportunities than ever before in the tactical analysis space. It is great be working alongside clubs like Manchester City, who have the hunger and desire to extrapolate meaningful insights from the data. It is important to us that everything we do with data can positively impact the on-field performance of the players and teams."
For more information and to register, please visit the following page