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Rogers, Sportsnet and UW team up for hockey hackathon

It will allow students to design applications to enhance the fan experience for Sportsnet viewers
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Rogers Communications, Sportsnet and the University of Waterloo are putting the call out to hockey fans, who may have some tech knowledge too.

They announced the launch of the Sportsnet Hockey Hack on Monday.

The virtual hackathon will allow students to design applications to enhance the fan experience for Sportsnet viewers, using 5G technology from Rogers and data from the NHL's Puck and Player Tracking system during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"The next generation of sports fans will engage with and experience our broadcasts in ways we can't even imagine today," said Bart Yabsley, President, Sportsnet. "As Sportsnet continues to be a leader in sports technology innovation, we are excited to work with some of Canada’s top young minds at the University of Waterloo to discover how Rogers 5G technology can change the way millions of NHL fans watch and engage with the sport."

Rogers also announced a 5G program dedicated to the research and development of sports and fan engagement. 

The new program is included in its three-year partnership agreement with the University of Waterloo to advance 5G research in the Toronto-Waterloo tech corridor. 

In September, Rogers also lit up the University of Waterloo’s 5G Smart Campus to support university researchers testing 5G applications in a real-world setting such as smart city infrastructure monitoring and alerting systems and asset tracking technologies.

You can find more info. about the Sportsnet Hockey Hack here.

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