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ESPN Digital Media’s Fourth Annual Hackathon yields more great ideas to better serve sports fans

Last month, more than 70 of ESPN’s Digital + Print Media and Technology developers, engineers and designers participated in the Fourth Annual “Zippy Z Hackathon” in honor of John Zehr, the late Senior Vice President and General Manager of ESPN Mobile.

More than 100 ideas were submitted from all areas of the company, with 13 making it through to the final round. Teams of hackers worked together across the globe in Bristol, Seattle and Bangalore, India to conceptualize, design, and build a working prototype using APIs, video highlights and other content produced for ESPN’s multiple platforms.

At the event, hosted by Darren Rovell, ESPN sports business analyst, teams of hackers presented their creations to a panel of judges: Senior Vice President, Multimedia Sales, Patricia Betron; Senior Vice President, SportsCenter and News, Rob King; Senior Vice President, Technology & Product Development, Aaron LaBerge; Editor-in-Chief, FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver; Mike Slade, who launched ESPN.com; and Senior Vice President, Product Management, Ryan Spoon.

The video above takes you inside the process and presentations of some of the ideas, including this year’s winner: Just for Kicks.

Video produced by Tonya Malinowski

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