By: J.D. Ross

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For the third consecutive year, Major League Baseball’s Advanced Media division ( and the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) are hosting the College Challenge. 

The College Challenge is an all-night hack-a-thon style event where teams of students will work together on a problem proposed by staffers, and pitch their solutions the next morning. This year, the contest will focus on a hot new trend in technology, gamification.

“We are excited to again be partnering with Major League Baseball to offer this opportunity for our students,” said Julie Walas, director of undergraduate recruitment at the iSchool. “Our students are technically savvy, and frequent users and consumers of interactive technologies like the ones works on, so we believe the teams will come up with insightful and innovative proposals for to consider.”

iSchool alumni and employees Josh Frost ’08 and Joe Kanakaraj ’00, along with Syracuse University graduate, Mike Hoffman ’93, helped to initiate the contest three years ago with Walas and iSchool Professor of Practice Jeffrey Rubin.

The Challenge kicks off on Thursday, November 29th with a technology tour of the Carrier Dome. After dinner at the Dome’s Club 44 restaurant, students will retreat to classrooms in the iSchool’s Hinds Hall to spend the night working on their solutions. After lunch the next day, students will head to Alliance Bank Stadium and pitch their ideas to staffers and judges. A full schedule of the activities is available on the College Challenge website.

The winning team will receive a trip to New York City to tour headquarters and have lunch with employees.