Promoting the involvement of students in sports analytics


Quantitative analysts play a key role in helping sporting organizations reach their highest potential. Many events within the field are currently geared towards industry members and the dissemination of information between these industry partners.

VanSASH creates an avenue for students to gain the proper knowledge and experience, and to help them transition into the industry of this growing field. We aim to give participants the vision, ability and opportunity to involve themselves further in statistics and sports analytics.

The event will begin with a Symposium where our distinguished guest speakers will present their work in sports analytics. Then through a hackathon, participants will have a chance to work on a project with supplied data sets, mentors and a live audience. 

If you are a student looking to test your skills or interested in attending the Symposium click the registration link above.



Rob Vollman

Hockey Abstract


Josh Weissbock

Analytics Consultant
Florida Panthers

Dr. Alexandre Leblanc

Associate Professor
Department of Statistics
University of Manitoba

Dr. Tim Swartz

Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science
Simon Fraser University

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Dr. Peter Chow-white

Associate Professor
School of Communication
Simon Fraser University


Dr. David Clarke

Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology
Simon Fraser University



Participants will compete in teams of 5 beginning on July 8th and finishing with a 5 minute presentation of their work on July 9th. The structure of the data sets will be published early to allow teams to have time to understand the data sets. This structure will allow teams to produce a high quality product rather than creating something rushed in a 24 hour period. 

Mentors will be provided to help teams create an engaging and informative project.

Hackathon registration is geared towards students but there are a limited number of general public hackathon tickets available. (Note: Symposium attendance is open to the general public.)

We are partnering up with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and  the Vancouver Canucks . All intellectual property from the hackathon event will be property of the data providers.

More information about rules, conditions and data coming soon.




  • $400 Cash Prize
  • Whitecaps Jerseys
  • Whitecaps Scarves
  • Whitecaps Game Day Experience

1st Place - Canucks

  • $400 Cash Prize
  • Canucks Game Day Experience

Honourable Mention

  • $200 Cash Prize
  • 1 Signed Canucks Jersey