June 19, 2013
If you love sports and analytics, we welcome you to join us in the AIG Rugby Innovation Challenge opening this week. $85,000 in cash and prizes, and a chance to have your app seen by a phenomenal judging panel that includes entrepreneur Mark Cuban, CEO of the International Rugby Board Brett Gosper, and New Zealand All Blacks Players, await.
Here at ChallengePost, we’re excited to power what we believe is the first ever sports-related online software competition. We look forward to helping two passionate communities — software makers and rugby fans — come together to help the sport in new ways.
Sports analytics is huge
The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference this year featured 125 panelists across 30 panels, with big names like “Moneyball” author Michael Lewis, political and sports statistician Nate Silver, and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Over 2,700 number crunchers gathered to geek out on stats, player performance projection algorithms, draft theories, datamorphing, and more stats.
Big data is becoming a real game-changer in everything from the MLB to the NBA. And with the AIG Rugby Innovation Challenge, you can add rugby to that list.
Innovating with big data
For the first time in the history of the game, global insurance leader American International Group. Inc. and its affiliates (AIG), are collaborating with Opta, the world’s leading sports data company, as well as New Zealand Rugby and USA Rugby, to offer developers access to comprehensive rugby data to spur the creation of apps that bring rugby to the masses. Software developers who participate in the competition will have access to a wealth of data including rugby images and video, stadium location feeds, team and player performance statistics, match statistics, and much more.
Imagine what you could do with all that data! Well, that is in fact the point of this online competition: harnessing the data and getting it into the hands of fans via useful, engaging mobile apps. As Angus McNab, Opta’s Head of Pro Rugby and Sponsorship put it, “This challenge goes beyond supporting a single team or country — it is an opportunity to unify fans in a way that has never been done before, and shows a real commitment to innovation in sport and technology”.
Leveraging software to bring rugby to the masses
Despite being hugely popular in parts of the world, rugby still isn’t as well-known to most people as sports such as basketball or football (or soccer in America). So this challenge is a great way to engage fans, new and old, to the exciting world of rugby.
Daniel Glantz, Global Head of Sponsorship for AIG sums it up by stating, “We hope that with this wealth of information, participants are inspired to present the sport of rugby in new and interactive ways, while also sharing their passion. We’re committed to growing the game, and by bringing an informative, mobile app to fans around the world, we’re getting closer to that goal.”
If you’re ready to tackle this challenge, check out the details and register at http://AIGRugby.ChallengePost.com.
A bit of rugby trivia before we sign off: did you know that the Rugby World Cup is the third biggest team event after the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup? Think about all the people you can reach with a rugby app!
ChallengePost brings software makers and organizations together for online challenges and in-person hackathons that build awareness, solve problems, and spur innovation. Sign up to hear about our latest software competitions at ChallengePost.com.