As the analytics boom continues to sweep the sports world, the NBA is giving college-aged students the opportunity to contribute.
The league announced Wednesday that it will host its second annual NBA Hackathon on Sept. 23-24 in New York City, giving young statisticians, engineers and developers a platform to help solve some of the analytics-based problems faced by the NBA on both the basketball and the business side.
The participants — made up of undergraduate, Master’s and PhD students from across the U.S. and Canada — will work in teams for 24 hours before presenting their solutions to a panel of NBA executives, professors and members of the media. The winning teams will be awarded a trip to NBA All-Star Weekend 2018 and a lunch with NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
Last year’s Hackathon — which strictly focused on the basketball, not the business, portion of NBA…