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