AT&T 5G Sports Hackathon Resources

The day has arrived – the AT&T 5G Hacakthon. We are delighted you have decided to join us for the high school division of the competition. This page contains all the information and resources you need to make this a successful event for you and your team.


Intersection of Sports and Technology

Sports has been a major unifier worldwide, transcending geographical borders and rising above political and social borders. This industry has also significantly benefited from technological advancements, influencing how athletes train, compete and engage with the fans. Technology also influences the construction of world-class venues and how the fans content, transforming the sports industry into a multi-billion-dollar business.
For the last 10 years, sports fans have experimented with using their smartphones to improve the sports-watching experience. Smartphones give us access to all the stats we could want – in real time. While watching one game, we can simultaneously track scores for other games. Digital devices give us group texts and direct messaging, allowing friends and family to enjoy games together.
Now, live sports engagement technology will make the fan experience even better.
Innovative wearable technology for fitness and sports are slowly on the rise. Whether you're a die-hard gym bunny who wants to track your daily workout activity or a sports fanatic who aim to improve your playing experience, there's a wearable to address your need
The introduction of 5G will result in huge changes in the world of sports.5G does not only offer lightning speed, it will also be much more reliable and be a catalyst for advanced technologies such as Augmented and Virtual Reality and connectivity. Fans, athletes, coaches, stadiums and viewers are just a few user groups that are stand to benefit.

Challonge, a Logitech Company, is a competition management technology that helps organizers streamline registration, progression and record keeping. Challonge offers more that 25 competition types as both a web-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform and as an API that can be integrated into websites, games, bots andother software applications.

The Challonge API expands tournament creation and control to the programmatic level. You can create tournaments on the fly and report scores directly from your application. This allows you to define score reporting permissions that fit your user model, and provide a more seamless tournament experience for your users.

You can view documentation on the Challonge API here.

Sports has the power to create loyalty that can be passed down from generation to generation, uniting people around a brand. Technology offers the potential for sports brands and organizations to enhance their engagement with both new and existing fans, and to monetize growing international audiences.
The FirstNet mission is to deploy, operate, maintain, and improve the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. This reliable, highly secure, interoperable, and innovative public safety communications platform will bring 21st century tools to public safety agencies and first responders, allowing them to get more information quickly and helping them to make faster and better decisions.

The FirstNet API catalog can be viewed here.

Being accessible in sport can mean: physical access to premises and facilities; or considering aspects of universal design to allow everyone to participate in whatever way they desire. It can also mean teams providing a welcoming, supporting environment where everyone feels comfortable and can fit in.

For Fans
For Athletes

Software Design & Development Tools

A wireframe is a static, low-fidelity representation of your product, and in the world of web and mobile design, a basic guideline of your website or app – the skeletal framework – for both designers and developers to follow.  Wireframes serve as the foundation of your website or app’s visual design, and it is at this stage that you will arrange elements on the page or screen and map out the priority of content. It is not mandatory that you create wireframes for your solution; however, they can serve as a great roadmap for the features you intend to build. All of the following tools offer a free trial, with no credit card required for sign up.
A prototype is a mid-to-high-fidelity design model of the final UI of your website or mobile product. As well as offering a more detailed look at the visual attributes of your design, prototypes usually include the first user interaction. With prototypes, you can demonstrate and validate the complete functionality of the design by adding events, animations, variables and advanced interactions. The general idea of a high-fidelity prototype is to represent as close to the final product as possible. It is acceptable that your final submission is a high fidelity prototype. All of the following tools offer a free trial, with no credit card required for sign up.

One of the most important concepts of a hackathon is to create the most complete prototype that you are able to do within the allotted time. The following tools will help you build that prototype, regardless of your technical capabilities.

Block Based Tools
The following tools allow users to use coding instruction “blocks” to create simple apps.

Drag & Drop UI Tools
The following tools let you create a mobile app without writing a single line of code. Unlike the block based tools, you build mobile apps by dragging and dropping the UI elements on the screen.
Collaborative Interactive Development Environments

Hackathon Code of Conduct

View Code of Conduct here.

Final Submissions

All participants in the High School division are required to record their final pitch; there will be no live presentations.

Presentation Outline

Though you are not required to use it, we have prepared a suggested outline for your final presentation; you can access it via the download button below.

Just a few things to keep in mind as you build your presentation:

  • Remember that everyone at the hackathon – both high school students and older participants – are building solutions for the same problem(s). Be sure to be clear on what differentiates your solution
  • Not every team member has to speak during the presentation. Your presentation will go more smoothly the fewer the presenters
  • Skip unnecessary screens during your demo. The sign-up/login screens should only be demoed if they are unique Including this in your demo will waste valuable pitch time and is boring to watch
  • Practice your pitch at least three times – all the way through – before recording your presentation

Judging Rubric

A team of industry professionals will be judging your submissions. They have a very specific set of elements they will be looking for. To ensure you hit all pieces, download the judging rubric and compare it to your presentation / demonstration.


What’s up for grabs? There will be over $20K in gift cards and scholarships for high school winning teams! The grand prize, overall winning high school team will win $5K in gift cards and $10K in scholarships to Ivy Tech!

Best Application

1st Place Team – $5,000 in gift cards + $10,000 in Ivy Tech Scholarships
2nd Place Team – $2,500 in gift cards

Kicker Prizes

Best Design – $1,000 in gift cards
Most Innovative Idea – $1,000 in gift cards
Most Complete Feature Set – $1,000 in gift cards
Best Presentation / Storytelling – $1,000 in gift cards
Best Teamwork – $1,000 in gift cards
Most Perseverance – $1,000 in gift cards

Technology Prizes

Best use of 5G – $250 in gift cards
Best use of Challonge – $250 in gift cards
Best use of IBM – $250 in gift cards
Best use of FirstNet – $250 in gift cards
Best Accessibility – $250 in gift cards

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