about 8 years ago

Announcing the winners

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of AIG Rugby Innovation Challenge.

View all the winners in the Gallery.

Thanks again to everyone who participated and made the challenge a great success!

The AIG Rugby Innovation Challenge team

about 8 years ago

One week left to vote!

Thank you for supporting the AIG Rugby Innovation Challenge! There's just one week left to weigh in on your favorite apps — the voting deadline for the Popular Choice award is 5 p.m. ET next Monday, November 4.

If you haven't already done so, please vote now. You can vote for as many submissions as you’d like, but no more than once for a single submission.

Help us crown the crowd favorite! 

over 8 years ago

Public voting is now open

The public voting period for AIG Rugby Innovation Challenge has begun. Browse the Submission Gallery and vote for your favorites!

If you’ve entered a submission, be sure to spread the word through your social networks.


The AIG Rugby Innovation Challenge team

over 8 years ago

48 hours to go

It’s down to the wire for the AIG Rugby Innovation Challenge. The deadline of 5 p.m. ET, October 9 is fast-approaching and will be here before you know it. (Find out what time that is in your city.) 

Now's the perfect time to get everything squared away — check off this list pronto!

Today's to-dos:

  1. Save your application as a draft now. (Waiting until the last minute may make you more prone to making mistakes, leaving something out, or forgetting an important piece of information.)
  2. Upload your video to YouTube/Vimeo ASAP. (Video processing on YouTube/Vimeo could take up to an

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over 8 years ago

Cache data & run through checklist

Just one week to go! The AIG Rugby innovation Challenge submission period ends 5 p.m. ET on October 9, 2013. (Find out what time that is in your city.) 

If you haven't created a draft yet, please do so now. And if you've just joined us recently, explore the quick-start guide, draw some inspiration from the AIG App Idea Bank, and have fun hacking all week long. 

Submission checklist

Before you say "ship it!", here are some last minute reminders to help you make sure everything is in order.

  • Have you incorporated at least one data feed from the…

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over 8 years ago

Video tips + two week reminder

Good news, AIG Rugby Innovation Challenge participants: you're nearing the finish line! Perhaps that's not such good news if you haven't started yet, but don't fret — explore the Quick-Start Guide, get some inspiration from the AIG App Idea Bank, and you'll be up and running in no time. The deadline's in two weeks.

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Important note: start your draft now

SAVE YOUR SUBMISSION AS A DRAFT TODAY, and submit it before 5 p.m. ET on October 9, 2013. (Find out what time that is in your city.) Fill out as much of the form as you…

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over 8 years ago

Note from a sports data pro

A note from Angus McNab, Head of Pro Rugby and Sponsorship at Opta Sports. Angus will also serve on the judging panel of the AIG Rugby Innovation Challenge.

We’re really happy to have seen the initial interest in the competition and the data. It's the first time something this ambitious has ever been tried in the sport of rugby before, so thanks to everyone so far for being a part of it!

It's an exciting time in the sports data industry — in recent years, we've seen feature films made about the sector, sold-out conferences, and leaps in technological innovations…

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over 8 years ago

One month to go

The deadline for the AIG Rugby Innovation Challenge is coming up in about a month on October 9, 2013. If you haven't started working on your app, please check out the Quick-Start Guide and get started today.

We've got a panel of amazing judges who will be testing your innovation, and $85,000 in prizes await! 

Start your draft now

Starting a draft is a good way to make sure that your app meets all the competition requirements. There’s nothing worse than getting to the deadline, only to realize that you’re missing a key component. Once you begin a draft, you…

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over 8 years ago

Ideas & data tips

The submission deadline for the AIG Rugby Innovation Challenge is about six weeks away on October 9, 2013. For those of you well on your way to developing the ultimate rugby app, pat yourselves on the back! For the rest of you still trying to come up with ideas, don’t worry — you’ve got time to come up with something great. 

To help you along, here’s some food for thought:

Be choosy

You don’t have to use every feed available in the AIG Opta Rugby Data — think about the user experience that you are creating. What need are you trying…

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over 8 years ago

Halfway there

We’re about halfway into the challenge, which means the submissions deadline on October 9 isn’t too far away. There’s still plenty of time of course, but past challenge participants often tell us they wish they'd started working on their submissions sooner. So take their advice and start getting your ducks in a row now.

A good place to start is by reading through the challenge guidelines and submission requirements carefully. Is there anything you might have missed before you began work on your submission? If so, there’s time to correct the situation.

Don’t forget that you’re building an app for…

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over 8 years ago

Time change for Google Hangout

Thanks for bringing to our attention the time zone error in our previous email! (Shows us just how global this challenge is.)

Next week's Google Hangout hosted by the AIG Rugby Innovation Challenge team will take place on Wednesday, August 7th at 3 p.m. GMT/UTC. Check out this handy time zone converter to find out what time that is in your city. Mark it on your calendars, and visit the AIG Rugby Innovation Challenge Google+ page the day of for the presentation invite link.

  • New York, USA Wednesday, August 7 at 11:00 EDT (UTC-4)
  • San Francisco, USA Wednesday, August…

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over 8 years ago

Join us for a Google Hangout

Note: contents of this Update has been updated to reflect the correct time of the Google Hangout, which will take place on Wednesday, August 7th, at 3 p.m. GMT. Find out what time that is in your city with this handy time zone converter.

Have questions about the challenge or the AIG Opta Rugby Data?

The AIG Rugby Innovation Challenge team will be hosting a Google Hangout event on Wednesday, August 7th at 3 p.m. GMT (11 a.m. EST). Opta data experts will be discussing:

  • AIG Opta Rugby Data provided for the challenge
  • The data available to the winners…

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over 8 years ago

A note from AIG

Thank you for participating in the AIG Rugby Innovation Challenge. Never before have software developers and rugby fans had the opportunity to utilize this vast array of rugby data to create a one-of-a-kind app that will leave its mark on the rugby world.

AIG is all about embracing innovation. Combining the fastest growing sport in the world with the challenge of creating a unique app to share the rugby experience was something that AIG felt would be a perfect fit.

As the Major Global Sponsor and Official Insurance Partner of New Zealand Rugby and USA Rugby, AIG is continually looking…

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over 8 years ago


Thanks for registering for the AIG Rugby Innovation Challenge! We are very much looking forward to seeing how you tackle game changing big data and create apps that bring rugby to the masses.

As rugby fans, we all know how great a sport it is, but there are plenty of others out there who have yet to discover this. That’s why we’re incredibly excited to collaborate with Opta, the world’s leading sports data company, New Zealand Rugby, and USA Rugby to bring you this challenge.

Potential participants: read on and kick off your submission today! Apps are due October 9,…

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