Sports Innovation Week @ WeWork

We’re moving into our new offices as part of our partnership with WeWork, so we are seizing that opportunity to launch the first annual Sports Innovation Week in Boston.

There will be daily panels, networking events, happy hours, a Boston Bruins pre-game party, esports viewing parties, and so much more sports technology content throughout the week.

Tagging Talent In: Developing New WWE Stars

The WWE takes talent recruitment and development seriously. Their Vice President of Talent Development Canyon Ceman joins our own Josh Walker for a discussion about how the WWE is growing their stable of stars, and what technological considerations are at play in that part of the business.

Hackers at the Gate: Stadium Security in the Age of IoT

As more facets of the fan experience become networked—be it lighting, gates, concessions or parking—new weaknesses emerge for hackers, exploits, and security threats. This panel will look at what are the cutting edge solutions to the most pressing threats to stadia in the age of IoT.

Bruins Pre-Game Party

The Bruins face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes across the street, so we figured it would be great to get folks together for a little pre-game soiree over at our place. We’ve got the food and the drinks, you bring yourself, and be ready to connect with other sports tech innovators, entrepreneurs, and thought-leaders from our extended Sports Innovation Lab network.

Does Anyone Really Want VR for Sports Anyway?

VR technology is getting better and better, but do sports fans really want it? How big can VR get as a medium for sports consumption? Are we fooling ourselves thinking that sports fans will replace their TV with a headset in the next 5-10 years?

Your Fans Don't Live Here Anymore

Streaming technology, global commerce, and networked social activity are changing how people become fans of the players and teams they love. Living near a team is no longer an essential part of fan identity. So what is the future of local fandom, and how do we move on?

Games-Changers: Technology and the Olympics

The Olympics have historically been a fertile test-bed for innovative technology, and the partnerships being built around the games are revolutionizing the model for sponsorship in sports. Angela Ruggiero, fresh from her month-long sojourn to PyeongChang for the Winter Games, reports on what technology she saw, and how it is shaping the games.

Esports Beyond the Hype

Presented by Octagon

Are esports really that big? Video games are a large market, for sure, but where and how are esports gonna grow? Or can esports survive as a niche sports market without going huge like other major sports? Speakers are Chase Huber, Head of Growth Marketing at Gamer Sensei; Jim Ferris, Managing Director at CLTX Gaming (Boston Celtics); Matt Chelap, Vice President at Octagon.

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Whether you are a company innovating in sports technology, an investor looking for more insights, or a sports fan looking for an exciting event to attend, we want to hear from you!

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