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Sportsnet Hockey Hack.

Hack Hockey using Rogers 5G

November 16th – November 21st, 2019

This event is now closed. Students applied for the Sportsnet Hockey Hack: Powered by Rogers 5G for a chance to change the way millions of NHL fans watch and engage with live games.  They were at the the forefront of sports tech innovation!

This collaborative, week-long hackathon offered a unique opportunity for participants to work with Rogers’ groundbreaking, low latency 5G technology. Using real on-ice tracking data from NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs games, participants devised innovative ways to increase audience engagement and enhance the fan experience for Sportsnet viewers.

Participants spent the week hacking with an interdisciplinary team to create an innovative solution to following problem statement:

How might we provide Sportsnet and NHL fans (existing and new) an unmatched viewing experience that delivers immersive, social-safe, and fun engagements both inside and outside the physical arena, by leveraging 5G?

With the guidance of experts, mentors, and feedback from end consumers; each interdisciplinary team created a working prototype of their innovative solution and showcase their ideas. There were plenty of amazing prizes, job placement opportunities, and potential funding at stake. Applications closed at 12 noon on November 9th.

Create Something New

Hack alongside an interdisciplinary team to create innovative solutions using Rogers 5G Technology. Learn and practice design thinking skills to enhance Sportsnet’s hockey fan experience and develop new ways for people to interact with the sport they love!

New Tech & Experience

Identify, design, and develop a working prototype of your idea using real datasets from NHL Playoff games! Use cutting edge 5G technology to create a brand new fan experience and discover its low-latency potential. Work directly with experts from The NHL, Sportsnet, Rogers, and Intel as you hack and innovate.

Opportunities & Potential

Pitch your idea to a panel of judges for the chance to win amazing prizes and the potential to partner with Rogers to turn your hack into a venture! Even if you don’t win, you’ll be able to build your network and showcase your skills to affiliated partners and unlock career opportunities.

Your hands on experience will look great on your resume and the work done with 5G will help you stand out. Besides that, it will be an incredibly fun experience and help you build highly transferrable skills.

Winners & Prizes

Beyond the opportunities to work with cutting edge technology and develop the future of sports tech innovation, our partners have provided some amazing prizes for participants and winners of the hackathon! Rogers and Intel will be providing tech device prizes, numerous job placement opportunities for winning teams, as well as the potential to continue working on your innovative solution with continued guidance and support.

Our friends at Sportsnet will be hooking participants up with some great swag from their partners at Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment and the Blue Jays so you can cheer on teams from The Six in style!

What to Expect

This is a totally virtual competition, and you will get out of it what you put in. Each team will be paired with an experienced mentor and have direct access to experts from The NHL, Sportsnet, Rogers, and Intel to provide feedback and help throughout the hacking process. It will be up to your team to finalize your full work schedule, but you can expect the following:


Event Kick-off

•Learn about 5G technology
•Meet your assigned mentor
•Design Thinking workshop
•Start hacking!


Meet Your Customers

•Meet your customer validation contact
•Hack, hack, hack!


Midweek Check Point

•Submit your work for the Midweek Challenge (prizes to be awarded)
•Receive feedback on your hack
•Hack some more!


Hack & Prep

•Use feedback to improve and finesse solution
•Start planning your pitch
•Pitch workshop
•Just keep hacking


Test & Practice

•Test your project relentlessly
•Complete any finishing touches
•Record & submit your final pitch


Final Pitches & Conclusion

•Live event where your pre-recorded pitch is played- Q&A period to follow
•Celebrate your success and a great week!

Big Time Hockey Fan?

If you are a hockey fan that wants to get involved with this hackathon, we want your help! We are looking for hockey fans to act as the end user of the hacking teams projects to provide feedback and help guide them along the way. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of the hockey fan experience! To say thank you for your time, each feedback provider will have their fan experience improved by receiving an awesome prize! Apply today to help these teams create great enhancements to the hockey fan experience.


No! Each person will apply individually and be assigned to a 5 person team. You can request to work with specific people while applying.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and to best keep everyone safe, this will be an entirely virtual event, meaning you can participate from anywhere!

This is open to any and every UWaterloo student. Space will be limited so be sure to tell us why you would be a great fit in the application!

Nope! This hackathon will see teams comprised of students from diverse backgrounds with a variety of skills work together to create something great. Not every member will need the ability to master python, javascript, or other programming languages.