POSTED: March 13th 2017

LA 2024 sponsors LA Hacks for the second consecutive year

LA Hacks 2016 © LA 2024
LA Hacks 2016 © LA 2024

LA Hacks 2016 © LA 2024
LA Hacks 2016 © LA 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Over 1,000 students from across the United States (US) are expected to gather for the "LA Hacks" collaborative computer programming event. LA 2024 will help convene this special event for the second consecutive year from March 31- April 2, 2017, at the University of California, Los Angeles' (UCLA) Pauley Pavilion.

"We are thrilled to have LA 2024 on board for a second year as we approach what will surely be an unforgettable weekend of creativity, collaboration, and innovation. LA 2024's involvement with LA Hacks last year was further proof of young people's love for the Olympic and Paralympic Games - participants jumped at the opportunity to contribute to creating the most innovative Games experience in history. I personally cannot wait to see what our students come up with this year," expressed LA Hacks President and current UCLA student, Luke Chui.

The event will allow student programmers to work together on hardware and software across several categories including sports entertainment and fitness for LA 2024. Also, the opening ceremony's keynote address will be delivered by US Olympic skier, former National Football Federation (NFL) player, CEO of Integrate, Jeremy Bloom.

LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman stated, "Cutting-edge innovation happens all around us in Los Angeles and California. For every innovation, there's a spark that gives life to an idea that can one day change the way the world works, plays and communicates. LA 2024 believes that the Olympic and Paralympic Games can light the flame of creativity and innovation in the next generation of creators and innovators, to both deliver the most high-tech Games in history in 2024 and to revolutionize the way athletes and fans engage with sport in the future.

As the largest hack-a-thon on the West Coast, LA Hacks 2017 will attract America's brightest young people for a weekend of promising innovation and new technology possibilities for 2024. Hailed by LA 2024 bid leaders as "a remarkable opportunity," to boost the bid's promise to deliver the most personalized and high-tech Games experience in the history of the Olympics. The event further reflects LA 2024's plan to harness California's innovation, creativity, and connection to the next generation.  

Chairman Wasserman concluded, "LA 2024 is proud to support LA Hacks because we believe that the time to begin innovating for 2024 is now. LA Hacks is a snapshot of how LA 2024 will harness our city's creativity to re-engage the world's youth and grow each sport to secure the long-term financial stability of the Olympic Movement."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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