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Applied Data Science student Nikhil Morar and teammates on stage during presentation at ESPN Hackathon 2020

Applied Data Science student wins ESPN sports hackathon at MIT conference

April 4, 2020

IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI graduate student Nikhil Morar  (pictured above, second from left) showcased his talents on the biggest stage in early March by winning the sixth annual Hackathon presented by ESPN at the 2020 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston.

“Winning the hackathon means everything,” Morar said. “It really opened a lot of doors with different sports teams across the country, and I also made connections with ESPN and ShotTracker.”

Morar, who is getting his master’s in data science with a specialization in sports analytics, is one of two students in the sports analytics track of the program. He is the first IUPUI winner at the prestigious conference, and the IUPUI Sports Innovation Institute funded his competition.

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