Golf Hackathon

HOW DO WE MAKE GOLF MORE FUN FOR EVERYONE?

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Welcome to Hack Golf—an open-innovation initiative
aimed at crowdsourcing the future of the game.

**Update 2 –  We have selected a second participant that we are supporting in 2015. In January, the World Golf Foundation, a non-profit organization, launched a new women’s website called www.GolfForHer.com. The site is designed to increase women’s participation in the game. The Hack Golf team identified this site because of its focus on not only growing the game of golf among women, but also providing relevant, engaging and informative content for the female golfer. The site features:
 
·   Individual sections for new players, recreational players, competitive players and juniors.
·   Details on beginner programs, such as Get Golf Ready, which starts at $99 for five group lessons.
·   Information on women’s networking opportunities, golf outings and charity events across the country.
·   Tips about rules of the game, etiquette, equipment and instruction.
·   News updates from women’s professional, collegiate, amateur and junior golf.
·   Information on America’s best women-friendly golf courses and female instructors.
·   Live social media feeds with real-time updates, spurring direct connectivity to the sources that matter to women golfers.
 
To visit the new website, go to www.GolfForHer.com


*Update – We’re pleased to share with the Hack Golf community the name and contribution of the first participant we’re supporting for experimentation in 2015. The idea, submitted by Kevin Unterreiner, is called “Hack to Jack” - a golf reality show, skills challenge and game improvement program. The Hack to Jack Golf Reality Show was far and away the most engaged contribution on hackgolf.org since the site launched. The concept generated more than 800 likes and nearly 175 comments; a summary of the idea includes the following:

"I've created and launched "Hack to Jack", a golf reality show that allows average (or beginner) golfers to audition, do skills challenges, and if selected by the popular vote of their friends & family, advance to a final round where they work with PGA Teaching Professionals, chiropractors and personal trainers to see how much their game & fitness can improve over 12 weeks. Along the way there will also be fun TEAM competitions to create rivalry not only between players but also with the teaching pros. Watch for some fun twists and things people have never seen before on the golf course...basically having a BLAST with the focus being on having fun vs. shooting low scores."

Kevin will be responsible for providing updates on our progress with the community and additionally, helping to spearhead the report we’re developing to synthesize the progress of Hack Golf, to be delivered in April. Stay tuned for more information as we begin our support for Hack to Jack, and for more news and details on the second idea chosen for experimentation.


As a lead into the 2015 PGA Show, one year removed from the announcement and launch of hackgolf.org, we’re excited to bring you, our community, an update on where we’ve been, where we’re going and perhaps most importantly, what we’ve learned. Hack Golf began as an open innovation initiative aimed at making the game of golf more fun for everyone, designed to crowdsource not only the frustrations of the end-to-end experience of the game but also new, fresh and creative ideas to solve for those frustrations. The concept was and remains unprecedented – it is the first time, to our knowledge, open innovation has been used to reinvent and reinvigorate a game with the global magnitude of golf.

Starting with one founding partner, the PGA of America, and the advisement of MLab, our hosting partner, we set out with our simple mission in mind: Make golf more fun. By the thousands – nearly 3,000 participants and 1,700 ideas in one year – you signed up and supported Hack Golf, sharing your honest, thoughtful and creative ideas with an initiative regarded as everything from useful and practical to radical and futile. We made waves in 2014, landing on the front page of the New York Times and serving as subject matter of an HBO “Real Sports” report – status and recognition we couldn’t have achieved without the unwavering support of our community of participants.

Today, we’re pleased to announce two participants will receive support from Hack Golf for experimentation in 2015. We can’t wait for the participants to get started on this next phase of hacking golf, as they have shown real promise for disrupting the game and making it better for all.

You’re probably asking: What’s next for Hack Golf?

From now until April 6, 2015, the Monday of the week of golf’s first major championship, we’ll be closing the portal for contribution of new ideas so our community can collectively support, engage and follow along with the progress of our first two experiments to make golf more fun. Any new user who visits the site for the first time will still have the opportunity to sign up for the community.

Additionally, we’ll be asking for help from our members to synthesize the critical frustration factors, and solutions for fun, identified in Phase 1. The goal is to deliver a summary report in early April before re-opening the site for new contributions from participants. Those new submissions will be evaluated regularly and could hold potential to receive support in 2016. To learn more about Hack Golf’s plans for the year ahead, we encourage you to visit the updated Our Approach page.

In closing, to all those who’ve signed up, contributed and spread the word about the Hack Golf community and our mission, we want to say: Thank You. It was truly an incredible year of learning and development for us, and we’re hopeful with your continued support, and more experimentation, we’re able to impact the game in a meaningful, lasting and fun way.

We’ll be sharing more details about the ideas and our support very soon.

- The Hack Golf team