For the sixth consecutive year, Major League Baseball’s Advanced Media division ( and the School of Information Studies (iSchool) have teamed up to challenge iSchool and all Syracuse University students to see if they have what it takes to make it in baseball’s technology big leagues. and the iSchool are co-sponsoring the College Challenge, a contest that invites students to develop new ideas that could end up on, Major League Baseball’s official website.

The competition will put teams of students to the test by challenging them to work on real-world problems in the realm of technology and sports. Teams will submit competing solutions to demonstrate creativity, insight, and talent in a fun, interactive environment, and then pitch their ideas to current employees who are also Syracuse alumni.

“This year, we have a revamped prize and an exciting new topic,” said Julie Walas Huynh, director of academic advising & student engagement at the iSchool. “The 2015 College Challenge is poised to be the best one yet!”

Along with Julie Walas Huynh, the contest is being coordinated by iSchool faculty member and CEO of SIDEARM Sports, Jeffrey Rubin, and iSchool alumni and current employees, Josh Frost ’08, Marc Squire ’11, Ben Romy ’12, Andrew Pregler ’15, and James McRoberts ‘15 along with fellow Syracuse University graduate, Mike Hoffman ’93.

This year’s event will be held beginning in the evening on Thursday, November 12, with dinner at the Carrier Dome’s Club 44 followed by an all-night hack-a-thon where student teams work on their ideas. 

The next evening, teams will have the opportunity to pitch their creative ideas to a panel of MLB and Syracuse judges in the locker rooms at the Syracuse Sky Chiefs stadium. 

The winning team will travel to New York City for a dinner with employees and an overnight stay. The following day, they will tour the office located in NYC’s historic Chelsea Market, followed by lunch and the opportunity to share the winning presentation with other MLB employees. All challenge entrants will enjoy participation prizes from

Team-based registration for the contest officially begins on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. All iSchool students are encouraged to register and form teams, consisting of two to four members. The contest is open to all Syracuse University students, and all rosters must have at least one iSchool student.