SSAC Attendee Safety Resources

Safety is an absolute priority for the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference organizing team and our hosts at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.  Our teams have been working together closely for nearly a year to ensure a safe event for all attendees.  

Regarding the current COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak (Updated 1:45pm March 21, 2020):

The annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference was held March 6-7 in Boston, where we worked closely with the BCEC and the City of Boston to ensure we followed all recommended guidelines and procedures. To date, we have not received any notification from a conference participant that they tested positive for COVID-19.

We recently learned via Twitter that a conference participant tested positive for Coronavirus two weeks after the conference. Currently, there is not a known direct link or official governing body communicating back to the conference that this individual had symptoms at the conference or attended during the incubation period.

Regarding the current COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak (Updated 8:40 pm March 5, 2020):

The 2020 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is proceeding as planned. We are monitoring and working closely with public health authorities in the US and in Massachusetts who have indicated that the risk to the general public of acquiring COVID-19 is low. We have put into place numerous preventative measures before and during the conference in collaboration with our hosts at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Some details on ongoing measures the BCEC has taken are available here.

Regarding the current COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak (Updated February 29, 2020):

The 2020 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is proceeding as planned. The World Health Organization’s recommendation is that travelers practice usual precautions. In accordance with recommendations from the Boston Public Health Commission, we are increasing our efforts to help prevent the spread of the virus. We are monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates as necessary. 

The World Health Organization’s recommendation is that travelers practice usual precautions. In accordance with recommendations from the Boston Public Health Commission, we are increasing our efforts to help prevent the spread of the virus. We are monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates as necessary. 

We encourage you to become familiar with the WHO’s suggested safety precautions, which include:
·      Washing your hands for 20 seconds and using alcohol-based hand sanitizer
·      When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin
·      Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
·      If you have a fever or are showing other signs of sickness, please stay home or in your hotel and do not attend the conference