Florida Citrus Sports is hosting a 12-hour student hackathon to find the next big thing in sports and entertainment. Between Orlando’s growing reputation as a technology and innovation hub and the number of top college programs in the region, we know we can find that big idea right in our own backyard.

If you have a great idea, can put together a great team and are willing to put in the work to bring that idea to life, we have the platform that will showcase your vision before the world!

The Challenge

Florida Citrus Sports (FCS) endeavors to unearth new, breakthrough ideas for the best new disruptive idea in the advance of sports and entertainment. Teams can submit innovation advancements in one (1) of the following areas:

  • Technology – leverages any form or tool of modern technology
  • Multimedia – advances value in form of media, multimedia or other entertainment value add
  • Fan Experience – enhances overall fan experience in a meaningful, cost-effective manner

Your project could reimagine the way stadium sports and entertainment are experienced and be on display before the entire world.


What is a Hackathon?

A hackathon is a design sprint where teams build new products or solutions for existing problems in a short span of time – in this case, 12 hours. The event is open to all students but encouraged for those focused in design, development, engineering, marketing, coding, media or related programs.

Participants pitch final concepts to a panel of community and industry leadership. In addition to the overall cash prize for the winning concept, teams will compete for other tech prizes and/or the opportunity to advance their concept after the event through partnership and mentorship with Florida Citrus Sports.

The Objectives
The innovation competition is intended to serve as a catalyst for new ideas and value for Camping World Stadium and foster a spirit of innovation specific to sports and entertainment within the Central Florida community.

The Schedule

Friday, October 25th, 2019
Welcome - 6 pm 

  • Introductions (e.g. Leadership, Judges, Board, etc.)
  • Mission & Goals of FCS
  • Rules
  • Scoring Criteria
  • Facilities Walk Through
  • Team Registration

Saturday, October 26th, 2019 

Kickoff - 8 am

Teams have 12 hours to:

  • develop and/or produce clear technical, media or business response;
  • with attending financials and/or impact area; and
  • presentation summary for idea

End of Regulation - 8 pm

  • FCS Review / Final Questions

Posting of Presenting Teams - Midnight

Sunday, October 27th, 2019 

• Presentations / Q&A – 9 am 
• Awards Ceremony – 6 pm


All active college students are eligible to compete. There are no limits on team size, but we recommend 3-5 students per team.

Hackathon Sponsors


$12,000 in prizes

Team Grand Prize

VIP FCS Game Experience

The submission with the highest cumulative judging score in the Fan Experience category will be treated to a VIP experience at an upcoming FCS bowl game -- the Camping World Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 28 or the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day. Actual value will depend on the number of members on the selected team.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Harold Mills

Harold Mills
VMD Ventures

Sharon Line Clary

Sharon Line Clary

Craig Brown

Craig Brown

Katherine "Boo" Gonzalez

Katherine "Boo" Gonzalez
Hilton Grand Vacations

Adrian Muhammad

Adrian Muhammad
Jackson | Shah & Company

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    [25 Points] - Uniqueness of idea & applicability
  • Value
    [25 Points] - Financial Impact
  • Fan Experience
    [25 Points] - Impact to the end user
  • Bonus/Wildcard
    [25 Points] (at discretion of individual judges)

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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