Last year, I had the privilege of attending the Montreal Baseball Hack Day. The third annual instalment of the event is coming up next weekend, so here is everything you need to know leading up to the event.
What is the Montreal Baseball Hack Day?
According to the event’s website, the Montreal Baseball Hack Day is a day for creative minds to collaborate on baseball-related projects to create better ties between the local technology and sports communities.
Participants have one day to design and code a functional project that could be (but is not limited to) a website, an app, a tool, a simple web app or a data visualization.
At the end of the day, the work is presented to the judges and winner and runner-up will receive prizes (and bragging rights).
When and Where Does It Take Place?
The Montreal Baseball Hack Day takes place March 25, from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM at the Belgo Building Breather Space.
The address is 372 Saint-Catherine Street West, Suite 105, Montreal, Quebec H3B 1A2.
— MTLBaseball HackDay (@mtlbbhackday) February 21, 2017
Who Can Participate?
Anyone who is a baseball enthusiast!
While the event will surely appeal to digital developers and coders, Warren Wilansky, the event organizer, hopes that those who don’t have a coding background also register.
“Even if you aren’t a developer or a designer, if you are a baseball fan, you would have a lot to add,” Wilansky assures. “You can help to shape a project from a baseball perspective or even as an end user. Look at it as an opportunity to learn from and collaborate with new people.”
Who Are the Judges?
This year’s judges are:
- Sonali Karnick, CBC Radio One host.
- David Foscato, Webmaster and Administrator for Expos Nation.
- David McGimpsey, Author, Poet and Concordia University Professor.
“We wanted judges that covered different and diverse members of the sports and baseball community. (They represent) media, fans & the arts,” Wilansky explains. “We also thought it would be interesting to have people who are not necessarily from technical backgrounds so that they would judge the value of the projects from their unique perspectives.”
— MTLBaseball HackDay (@mtlbbhackday) March 1, 2017
What Are the Prizes?
The winning team will take home an annual MLB.TV premium subscription for up to four team members. They will also receive four tickets to the upcoming Toronto Blue Jays vs Pittsburgh Pirates exhibition games at Olympic Stadium.
The runner-up will receive a 12-month Super Premium subscription to Baseball Prospectus for up to four team members.
What’s the Schedule of the Event?
- Registration, Meet and Greet, and Coffee
- Welcome, Introductions, and Pitch
- Design and Code
- More Design and Code
- Presentation, Judging and Awards
- Let’s go for a beer!
Where Do I Sign Up?
You can sign up here!
I hope to see you at the Montreal Baseball Hack Day!
(Photo by Jan Sauvé-Frankel)