ICC and Nium Launch “Next In” Global Hackathon to Innovate on Digital Cricket Fan Experiences
First Hackathon from the ICC will Shape the Future of On- and Off- Field Engagement
Dubai, UAE – Jan. 11, 2023 – The International Cricket Council (ICC) and official fintech infrastructure partner and Modern Money Movement platform, Nium, today announced the launch of “Next In”, a global hackathon open to all cricket-loving technologists. The hackathon invites and challenges tech-savvy fans to create solutions that improve the digital cricket fan experience.
A first for the ICC, “Next In” asks technologists to combine their passion for cricket with their love for innovation. Entries should explore ground-breaking ways to engage younger cricket fans and should merge digital tools to identify solutions to challenges that cricket fans face.
For the ICC this initiative drives deeper fan engagement and is in line with its global growth strategy to bring fans closer to the game. Web3, Metaverse and Virtual Reality (VR) are technologies driving changes in how fans experience cricket, and this hackathon provides a global opportunity for the ICC’s community of sport and technology innovators to create new and improved fan engagement experiences for the global game of cricket.
Registrations to be a part of the hackathon are open today and can be accessed at hackathon.icc-cricket.com. The first stage asks entrants to describe their concept. A shortlist of teams will be invited to build and present their concepts and creations to a panel of prestigious judges including Hackathon Ambassador, Dinesh Karthik. This will be held at an exclusive event in March 2023 in Bangalore, India. Winners will receive US$10,000.
ICC Head of Digital, Finn Bradshaw said: “The best fan engagement ideas for the future of our sport will come from our passionate fans. The “Next In” Hackathon provides a global showcase for innovation from our technology community. The ICC is proud to continue these tech-led fan engagement initiatives with Nium and we look forward to seeing what digital experiences our fans dream up.”
Nium Senior Vice President and Head of Global Marketing and Communications, Jeremiah Glodoveza said: “Nium believes deeply in helping build a better tomorrow in finance, sport, and technology. The “Next In” Hackathon celebrates global innovation, and we are beyond excited to see what the cricket-loving technologists bring to life.”
Hackathon Ambassador Dinesh Karthik said: “I am delighted to be a part of the “Next In” Hackathon which will play an important role in cricket continuing to innovate through the participation of fans. As we venture into a new era of internet technology, I anticipate some truly ground-breaking ideas for us to judge.”
ABOUT THE ICC
The ICC is the global governing body for cricket. Representing 108 members, the ICC governs and administrates the game and is responsible for the staging of major international tournaments including the ICC World Test Championship Final, ICC Men’s and Women’s Cricket World Cups, T20 World Cups as well as all associated qualifying events.
The ICC presides over the ICC Code of Conduct which sets the professional standards of discipline for international cricket, playing conditions, bowling reviews and other ICC regulations. The Laws of the game remain under the auspices of the MCC.
The ICC also appoints the umpires and referees that officiate at all sanctioned Test matches, One Day Internationals and T20 Internationals. Through the Integrity Unit it coordinates action against corruption and match fixing.
The ICC Development department works with Associate Members to improve the quality of international cricket, build better cricket systems, get more people playing cricket and grow the game.
Nium is the global platform for modern money movement and the official fintech infrastructure partner of the International Cricket Council (ICC). It provides banks, payment providers, and businesses of any size with access to global payment and card issuance solutions. Its modular platform powers frictionless commerce, helping businesses pay and get paid across the globe. Once connected to the Nium platform, businesses are able to pay out in more than 100 currencies to over 190 countries – 100 of which in real time. Funds can be received in 35 markets, including Southeast Asia, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, India, and the US. Nium’s growing card issuance business is already available in 34 countries, including Europe (SEPA), the UK, Australia and Singapore. Nium holds regulatory licenses and authorizations in over 40 countries, enabling seamless global payments and rapid integration, regardless of geography.