#Online and #Digital Media News In Brief

Sportsnet says its inaugural #IceSurfing Twitter broadcast of the 2018-19 NHL season captured a total audience of 649,000 viewers during its three-hour Oct. 9 premiere. The network says #IceSurfing attracted 503,000 unique visitors  – 200,000 more than its pilot episode last season. The weekly Tuesday evening broadcast is hosted by Jeff Marek and Jason York, featuring contributors like Steve Dangle and Stan Nieradka with segments like ‘Stat of the Day.’

CBC/Radio-Canada will hold its first-ever national bilingual Hackathon Feb. 1-3, which will challenge programmers to enhance the personalization of the public broadcaster’s digital platforms. Sponsored by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft, the friendly tech competition is open to all Canadian residents, either on-site at the CBC Broadcast Centre Toronto or Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal, or remotely online. Working in teams of three to five people, participants are tasked with developing a functional web or mobile prototype that uses personalization techniques to generate engagement between Canadians and CBC/Radio-Canada’s digital platforms. Interested amateur, professional and student programmers, designers and other digitally-inclined Canadians have until Friday, Nov. 30 to register their team’s application at cbc.ca/hackathon. Read more here.

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