The 13th annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference took place March 1-2 at the Hynes Convention Center! We were proud to continue the great tradition of bringing together the leading figures in sports analytics, business, and technology.
At our roots, we are about education and our goal is to provide more opportunities for sharing industry successes, to create forums to discuss the most challenging topics of the day, and to continue identifying new ideas. As a conference we are firmly committed to innovation. Each year, we have added new elements to push the larger analytics conversation forward. Recent years have seen advances from the Research Paper competition started in 2010 to the popular and successful Hack-A-Thon, the introduction of an esports room, doubling the number of Competitive Advantage talks, expansion of the Startup Tradeshow competition, and introduction of industry-specific workshops. Despite our past successes, we firmly believe that the best is yet to come.
Coach; Author; Innovator; Eccentric; Brilliant; Unconventional. All these and more have been used to describe Mike Leach, who will sit down with bestselling author Michael Lewis for a one-on-one conversation on being arguably the most innovative coach in football history and how he has changed the way the game is played.
With increasing options for when, where, and how fans are able to watch their favorite teams play, legacy venues are trying to accommodate newer technologies and comforts to encourage fans to come to live games and engage with their team.
Authors Malcolm Gladwell and David Epstein meet again, five years since their initial 10,000 Hours vs. The Sports Gene talk, to resurface the important and long-standing question of whether nature or nurture determines one’s athletic success.
Player tracking technologies in the past decade have provided information that was once unattainable—the distance and speed a player runs in a game, effectiveness against certain defenders, the game situations which are most likely to produce a fast break, and so much more.
The sports industry is changing every day: questions around media rights are more pertinent than ever, consumer interests and desired engagement are evolving quickly, the ticketing industry is undergoing a massive shift, and start-up leagues and technologies are challenging leagues who had a near monopoly on fans attention.
Having been directly impacted by unfairly harsh laws and unexpectedly becoming a voice for criminal justice reform, Philadelphia-raised rapper Meek Mill shares his unique perspective and partnership with close friend and co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers Michael Rubin to bring greater awareness to this issue impacting millions without a voice in the US.
In this workshop, we will explore techniques in data scraping and data visualization.
Eric P. Martin