Scene from the 2012 College Challenge with students in the iLounge nearing midnight

The College Challenge is Back and Focusing on Big Data

For the fourth consecutive year, MLB Advanced Media and Syracuse University’s iSchool are hosting the College Challenge

After repeated success and increased participation, we have decided to toss in a few twists to last year’s all-night hack-a-thon style event! In last year’s challenge, the hardworking students of Syracuse University were given the chance to create, innovate and pitch their “gamified” ideas to employees  on campus. This year, we’re repeating the contest, and focusing more on one of the hot new trends in the technology industry, “BIG DATA!”

Hackathon and Pitches

The College Challenge is a two-day event including a kick-off dinner, an all-night hack-a-thon, and a networking/final presentation event at the Syracuse Chiefs’ stadium. The College Challenge will be taking place on the Syracuse University campus from November 21-22.

The competition will ask teams of students to step up to the plate by attacking real-world problems in the technology and sports industries. Teams will submit and present competing solutions to demonstrate their creativity, insight, and talent in a fun, interactive environment. Teams will be judged on creativity, innovation and professionalism and will compete for a grand prize trip to NYC, highlighted by a behind-the-scenes tour of’s headquarters in Chelsea and lunch with employees.


Each competing student must register online as part of a team. Rosters need to be composed of 2-5 registered Syracuse University students, and MUST have at least one iSchooler. Students from all programs, schools and colleges, and skill and degree levels are welcome to register for this event. However, space is limited, so plan to register early, and definitely by the November 15 deadline

Winners of College Challenge 2012 and a screenshot of their winning app
2012’s Winning Team and App

Schedule of Events

Thursday, November 21

6:30 pm: Kick-off Dinner and Opening Ceremony

8:00 pm: College Challenge begins

Friday, November 22

2:00 pm: Hard stop. Students will submit their projects and have a break until 3:30pm.

3:00 pm:  Board buses to the final presentation event

3:30 pm: Arrive at Alliance Bank (Syracuse Chiefs) Stadium

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Student pitches!

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Celebration dinner

7:00 pm: Finalist announcement and pitches

7:45 pm: Winner is announced!

More information

The event is free to students and sponsored by the iSchool at Syracuse and Event details and updates will be provided at Please direct any event specific questions to Julie Walas Huynh or Jeff Rubin 

May the best team win!


Julie Walas

Undergraduate Programs Manager @iSchoolSU. Coach of SU Otto Mascot team, enthusiastic alum.

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