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#ESPNCareers Twitter chat wants to hear from sports-loving technological innovators

Technologists who are also sports fans (and vice versa) are invited to participate in today’s #ESPNCareers Twitter chat, which will focus on all things @ESPNTechnology (1 p.m. ET).

We are a content company, but technology is woven into everything we do. We work every day to solve some of the world’s most challenging and advanced technology problems. Aaron LaBerge, ESPN Senior VP, Technology and Product Development

Along with ESPN recruiters, participants will be able to ask questions to several of ESPN’s technologists including Senior Vice President, Technology and Product Development, Aaron LaBerge (@aaron); Concetta Maratta, engineering (@concettaann); Sam Reisner, development engineer (@SamReisner); and Sujal Shaw, international engineering (@sujal).

With a combined 40 years of experience in technology at ESPN, they’ll talk about what it takes to work in Technology at ESPN. With an operation the scale and complexity of ESPN’s, the division has to keep recruiting the best technologists in the world – whether they’re people who love to code, can architect transcontinental fiber networks or have the creativity to design software that can power everything from mobile apps to on-screen virtual graphics.

“The media and technology world is in a constant state of change, and ESPN is pretty unique in the position it enjoys in that world,” said LaBerge, who took over as ESPN’s top technologist in June. “We are a content company, but technology is woven into everything we do. We work every day to solve some of the world’s most challenging and advanced technology problems. From software design to data science to infrastructure to advanced technology exploration, we are involved in some really fascinating work.”

Added Shah: “I’m looking forward to participating in the chat and interacting with some great minds who want to join us at ESPN. I remember going to recruiting fairs at MIT a few years ago and getting asked ‘Why is ESPN here?!’ I want people to know how much we innovate.”

This is the fourth in a series of Twitter Chats held by @ESPNCareers. Each chat is designed to educate followers about various roles, opportunities and departments at the company and to find out how to launch a career at ESPN.

ESPN Technology Fun Facts
• ESPN Technology has nearly 1,000 employees globally
• ESPN processes nearly 45 petabytes per day; (for comparison: Google averages 24 petabytes worldwide per day)
• ESPN Fantasy Football processes more than 1 billion transactions per week (API requests, transactions, etc.)
• ESPN’s SportsCenter app has been downloaded more than 55 million times since launch
• On Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 ESPN processed 440 live sports feeds
• ESPN recently developed a system using advanced camera tracking enabling live, in game, data-driven virtual graphics that allows cameras to fly up, over, around and under the graphics in a way never before possible

Paul Melvin contributed to this post

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