Sport England launches hackathon with £10,000 prize fund

Entrepreneurs will be challenged to develop an app in less than 25 hours which will encourage people to take up sport

Tech entrepreneurs across Britain are being invited to create an app that will facilitate social change through sport in Sport England’s upcoming hackathon.

Running for 25 hours, the hackathon will take place across October 2 and October 3 with a £10,000 cash prize to be awarded to the best sports app.

Sport England is looking for teams of up to six people – which must include one woman – to develop a concept that will encourage a specific demographic to become more physically active, with the profile of the targeted group only revealed on the day.

In the first 24 hours of the hackathon, teams will have to produce a concept and initial prototype before presenting their ideas to judges in the last hour. The three best ideas will be chosen as finalists, with the winner announced at the Sports Technology Awards in April 2016.

Tanya Joseph, Sport England’s director of business partnerships, 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”.

You can register your interest for the hackathon here. Applications close at 5pm on 7 September.

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