In my quest to find NFL data streams for NFL Player Tweets - I discovered a new friend at ESPN.
My new friend whom I will not throw under the bus by divulging his name, told me of an ESPN hackathon and outreach to female developers.
Unfortunately we are unable to distribute data (including score and schedule info) offered through the Partner-level APIs without some kind of agreement in place, which is why they are currently reserved for more strategic companies working with ESPN.
The primary reason is that ESPN does not own all of its content (we license some from 3rd parties) and therefore we cannot always redistribute that content.
We are working on things that would enable us to bring a broader set of data to independent app developers, startups, etc. No specific date attached to that effort, but definitely looking to have something to announce early next year. We're also committed to bringing additional assets to our publicly available API in the coming months.
In terms of working with talented female developers, we're always interested in speaking with talented technical people who are also sports fans. Have you ever considered working for ESPN? We're currently hiring software developers and Web developers for ESPN.com/Fantasy/etc. If this is something you are interested in I'd be happy to take your resume and pass it along to some of our hiring managers.
Here are some of the tech positions we currently have open. Let me know if any catch your eye:
Additionally, we just announced today our first-ever public hackathon which is female-focused developer event, and we will temporarily open up our data beyond the publicly available APIs for the participants of this event. It's at Stanford University. Not sure where you're located but it would be awesome if you could attend. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Twilio, and Mashery are joining us and handing out prizes.
Thanks again for the question and for supporting the early stages of the ESPN API program.
So I checked out the program........ the prizes thus far seem pretty lame but they haven't announced the "grand prize" - who wants a stupid t-shirt anyway - come on guys - pass out the CASH!