First ever Tribe Hackathon to be held at Progressive Field this weekend

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As we mentioned previously, we had a free-of-charge registration to take part in our Tribe Hackathon — which is happening THIS weekend at Progressive Field.

This Hackathon has gained incredible praise, and Kevin Kleps from Crain’s Cleveland says here that he and many others believe it will be the first of its kind here, but probably not the last.

Kleps writes, “Tech Elevator — a Cleveland-based, 14-week coding bootcamp for students — has partnered with the Indians on the first Tribe Hackathon, and it’s an event Tech Elevator CEO Anthony Hughes believes will continue to grow in popularity.”

The premise of the Hackathon you may ask? Well Kevin Kleps asked Anthony Hughes the same question, and got this response: “Even though there’s so much data in baseball, we intentionally kept it really broad,” Hughes said of the hackathon’s premise. “We said, ‘Let’s take a step back and let people be creative. How can we enhance the fan experience?’ I think we’ll be really surprised by what we see.”

The first hackathon has gone above and beyond original expectations, as Kleps notes further in his article.

“The 19 teams competing for the top prize started developing their ideas on May 6. Friday night, the Progressive Field portion of the hackathon kicks off with a three-hour networking event, which begins at 6. The hackathon starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at Progressive Field, and the presentations and demos kick off at 4 p.m. in the Terrace Club.

The 19 teams have a total of 63 software developers. The group ranges from representatives from Medical Mutual, Avantia and Dakota Software, to students from Case Western Reserve, Kent State and Ohio State universities.

Hughes said the range of ideas is also vast — from such topics as the “big data” that’s associated with baseball, to ways to find the shortest lines in the restrooms, and ordering food and drinks from your seat.”

As for those involved, they expect it to be “nuts” here at Progressive Field on Saturday as the first-ever Tribe Hackathon takes place! Nuts, but fun — as the goal is for the event to continue to grow bigger and bigger each year.

To read Kleps’ entire article, click here.

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