BY: ALEX WEAVER
HYPE Foundation, a non-profit organization focusing on innovation in sport technology, is coming to Temple University on April 25 and 26 to hold its regional Sports Innovation Final.
The competition is being held right before the NFL draft, and will focus primarily on football safety.
The first day is a hackathon event exclusive to Temple students, faculty, and alumni. A hackathon is a fast-paced, single-day collaboration dedicated to creativity and the innovation of new ideas.
Professor Alan Kerzner, the Director of the Temple University Entrepreneurship Academy, led the efforts to bring the HYPE Foundation to Temple.
“You don’t need to know anything about football because it’s all about getting people with different perspective and backgrounds to engage in this development of new ideas,” Kerzner said.
A panel consisting of Temple alumni and others associated with the NFL will judge the projects. The top three groups will win a cash prize and will present their ideas at the main competition.
Over 170 companies from around the world submitted proposals to HYPE. Of those 170, ten were chosen to formally present. Another nine will host table-top displays.
Investors from top sports companies will also be attending the event.
Registration for Temple students, faculty, and alumni is open until April 21.