More than 1,000 high school and university students from across the United States are expected to take part in LA Hacks - a computer programming event linked to the Los Angeles 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid.
Taking place from March 31 to April 2 at the University of California Los Angeles' (UCLA) Pauley Pavilion, LA Hacks 2017 is the largest "hack-a-thon" on the West Coast and is part of the bid team's aim of "delivering the most high-tech" Games in history.
The Pauley Pavilion is Los Angeles 2024’s proposed venue for Olympic judo and wrestling and Paralympic sitting volleyball.
Student programmers will work on software and hardware across a variety of categories, including two Los Angeles 2024 subjects on sports entertainment and fitness.
“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," said LA Hacks President and current UCLA student Luke Chui.
"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.”
Jeremy Bloom, the former US Olympic skier and National Football League (NFL) player and current chief executive of marketing software company Integrate, will deliver a keynote address at the LA Hacks’ Opening Ceremony.
Bloom won gold in the dual mogus event at the 2003 International Ski Federation Freestyle World Ski Championships in Deer Valley before representing the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL between 2006 and 2008.
Bid leaders have hailed the event as “a remarkable opportunity” to boost Los Angeles 2024’s promise of delivering "the most high-tech, personalised Games experience in history",
“Cutting-edge innovation happens all around us in Los Angeles and California," added Los Angeles 2024 chairman Casey Wasserman.
"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 revolutionise the way athletes and fans engage with sport in the future.
“LA 2024 is proud to support LA Hacks because we believe that the time to begin innovating for 2024 is now."