RIISE Ventures Partners With SXSW 2017 To Produce First SportsTech Hackathon




ATLANTA, GA– February 15, 2017– Down. Set. Hack. In less than one month, tech enterprise RIISE Ventures will partner with South by Southwest (SXSW) 2017 in the first-ever Sports Tech Hackathon. The event will feature hackers, creatives, sports techies and designers in pursuit of innovative solutions for the sports tech industry over the course of 24 hours. The SXSW SportsTech Hackathon, beginning on March 9th – 10th, will kick off the ten-day conference and festival held in Austin, Texas concluding on March 19th.

“We initiated our relationship with SXSW one year ago, and we’re excited to bring this first-of-a-kind experience to Austin. This is one of several ways we aim to promote opportunities and cultivate ideas for the sportstech ecosystem,” says M. Cole Jones, Managing Partner of RIISE Ventures.

Through the hackathon, participating companies will have the opportunity to receive new ideas to their challenges, rapidly problem solved over a concentrated period of time. Featured areas include Wearables, AR/VR, Fitness/Performance, Smart Cities, Digital/Media, IoT, E-Sports/Fantasy, Sports Equipment, Sports Venue and Payment/Ticketing. Several challenges will be presented by companies like Amazon and Sportradar from among these areas for participants to solve.

RIISE Ventures has teamed up with Atlanta based company, covello, to produce the event and incorporate their comprehensive signature service called finishUp. This service includes pre and post-hack activities, such as exploring a winning team’s idea to a fully functioning prototype to showcase at upcoming conferences or tradeshows–a huge value add to companies.

The SportsTech Hackathon is providing opportunities for corporate sponsors, startups, investors, executives, sports organizations, athletes and influencers to network and foster relationships during their time at SXSW. The hackathon is open to the public. You do not have to be registered for SXSW to participate in the event.

Please register here to attend and contact Tye Hayes at tye@riiseventures.com if you’re interested in being involved on a partnership level.




About RIISE Ventures

RIISE Ventures is a tech enterprise reimagining innovation in sports and entertainment that cultivates new ideas, ecosystems and opportunities. RIISE Ventures is a member of the Consumer Technology Association (producers of the Consumer Electronics Show). Learn more at: http://riiseventures.com/.


About SXSW 2017

Established in 1987, SXSW is an annual conglomerate of conferences and festivals that highlight music, film and the interactive. The event includes more than 60,000 registrants and showcases artists from over 100 countries. SXSW 2017 will be held in Austin, Texas from March 10th to 19th, 2017. Learn more at https://www.sxsw.com/.

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