Sport England to hold Sport Technology Awards Hackathon

FitnessSport England is set to hold a Sport Technology Awards Hackathon next month, where teams will compete to build apps to promote social change in sport.

Teams of up to six people will need to include at least one female, with the hackathon taking place 2-3 October over a period of 24 hours. Taking place in London participants will then present their prototypes to a judge’s panel.

The apps will need to be designed for a particular demographic group to be more physically active, however the target market will not be revealed to the teams until the day itself.

The judges will select the best three ideas for a shortlist and the winner will be announced at the Sports Technology Awards in April 2016.

The free event is open to all UK residents over the age of 18.

Sport England’s director of business partnerships Tanya Joseph said: “Sport and technology both have an amazing power to bring together people from different backgrounds. I am hoping that the combination of the two will have a real impact.

“The hackathon will use this generation’s tech gurus to create an app to benefit the next generation. We encourage anyone with any coding or app development skills to get involved and be a part of this exciting initiative.”

Rebecca Hopkins, CEO of The Sports Technology Awards, said: “The hackathon is an exciting move forward both for the awards and the sports tech sector. Thanks to Sport England, we have been able to create an element of the awards that have real purpose and reflect the fact that we are at the heart of change within the sector.

“We are very excited to see what the coders devise – and who knows, once the app has been fully developed, we may yet see the winner back at future Sports Technology Awards.”

You can apply for the hackathon up until 7 September 5pm.

Find out more on how to register for the hackathon here.

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Kayleigh Bateman
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Kayleigh Bateman is the head of digital content and business development at WeAreTheCity. As a journalist there she covers stories about women in IT and looks after its women in technology community. She was previously the special projects editor for Computer Weekly and editor of CW Europe. Kayleigh attended the University of Hertfordshire, where she studied for her BA in English literature, journalism and media cultures. You can contact her at [email protected]

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