Now that Major League Baseball has crowned its American League and National League pennant winners, MLB Advanced Media and New Relic are thrilled to announce the finalists and final competition details for this year’s Bases Coded technology challenge! Four teams of finalists are headed to Chicago to participate in a 24-hour hackathon on October 27-28—building their dream app for baseball fans.

bases coded logoWe received creative Bases Coded ideas from teams across the country, and sincerely thank everyone who applied. The final four developer teams who will compete for a chance to attend Game Four of the World Series pitting the Cleveland Indians against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field are:

  • C The Ball: Alex Green, Jonathan Catanio, and Giancarlo Tarantino
  • Chipy All-Stars: David Matsumura, Adam Bain, and Jason Wirth
  • The Gordon Shumways: Michael George, Ryan Moris, and Benjamin Chapman
  • Bless You Boys: Paul Glenn and Patrick Whelan

The teams will be given access to MLBAM’s private data and APIs to create their apps, an Amazon Web Services instance to host their apps, and New Relic’s complete product platform to measure the performance of their app. The baseball data the teams may choose to incorporate in their apps include game data (including team and player stats, live game data), Statcast data, content (articles and video), and event attendance information (to understand traffic distribution at stadiums).

App demos and the final judging event will be held in Chicago on the morning of Saturday, October 29th. We’ve assembled a terrific panel of judges to evaluate the apps: Chad Evans, senior vice president of mobile product development at MLBAM; Will Leitch, senior writer at Sports on EarthTodd Etchieson, vice president of customer analytics at New Relic; and Akif Malik, CEO of Sports Colab.

The judges will evaluate the apps based on four key criteria:

  1. Originality/Creativity (25%): How original is the idea or implementation? Would it have a competitive advantage in the marketplace?
  2. Utility (25%): Does the product provide use or value to a consumer? Would you want to use it?
  3. Performance (25%): How efficiently does the product perform? How production ready is the app (error rate; percentage of requests that result in an error)? New Relic software will be used in evaluating this criterion.
  4. Presentation (25%): Did the team present its idea clearly and concisely? How successfully did the team describe the business and/or customer value of its application?

We can’t wait to see what the teams create and who will knock it out of the park! Stay tuned for our announcement of the winners the week of October 31!


Note: Event dates, participants, and topics are subject to change without notice.

Steve Naventi is New Relic's senior technology/product PR manager. He has led technology communications for a wide range of companies, both in-house and at external agencies. View posts by .

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