Winners Selected in Girls in Tech’s “Super Football Hackathon” Presented by espnW

Girls in Tech, an organization focused on the empowerment, entrepreneurship, engagement and education of women in technology, along with espnW, ESPN’s business that focuses on serving women who love sports, are proud to the announce the winners of the Super Football Hackathon, a weekend-long event that challenged mobile developers, designers and product developers to create apps to enhance the Bay Area visitor experience during the Super Football Week.

The Super Football Hackathon took place this past weekend at Galvanize in San Francisco and brought together more than 75 developers, with a focus on women developers who possess a passion for sports. Teams brainstormed and developed 10 apps to help Bay Area visitors navigate the excitement around Super Football Weekend. Each app was appraised by an experienced panel of judges to determine the standout Hackathon stars who competed for a chance to win a variety of prizes, including tickets to a San Francisco Giants game, an ESPN gift pack and the grand prize – a VIP trip to ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut with a tour of the campus, meetings with ESPN and espnW executives, developers and ESPN on-air talent.

“Given only 40 hours to brainstorm, create and prototype their apps, I am amazed at what the Hackathon developers were able to achieve,” said Adriana Gascoigne, Founder and CEO of Girls in Tech. “We are excited to see all 10 apps in action as tens of thousands of people enter the Bay Area in a few short weeks for the biggest game in football.”

Winners of the Super Football Hackathon include:
●    First Place: Nubee, a mobile app that helps explain the game of football to “newbies.”
●    Second Place: Solo, a location-based Q&A platform that allows visitors to ask questions and nearby users can answer, engage in conversations and provide directions and recommendations.
●    Third Place: Family Fun App, a family-oriented app to help keep children safe in a fun way using a NFC sticker and gamification model.
●    Honorable Mention: Tailgatr, a mobile app that locates groups of nearby people with similar interests and helps spread awareness and community engagement around human trafficking.

Other apps created during the Hackathon include a meet-up app for those interested in playing football, a conversation starter app for those who don’t typically follow football and other sports, and a carpooling app to help reduce congestion as everyone heads to the Big Game.

“espnW is proud to have been a part of this unique hackathon experience, highlighting the talents of so many gifted developers as they worked together to better the visitor experience around the biggest sporting event of the year,” said Laura Gentile, senior vice president, espnW and women’s initiatives. “We look forward to welcoming the winning team to our Bristol headquarters and continuing to celebrate women who break barriers across sports and technology.”

Apps created during the Super Football Hackathon are now available to San Francisco Bay Area visitors to use during America’s Biggest Sporting Event. These smartphone apps will help visitors have the ultimate San Francisco football experience. To learn more about the winning apps, visit http://www.girlsintech.org.

In addition to espnW, the Super Football Hackathon was also sponsored by IBM Bluemix, Galvanize and LoopUp.

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