This session will introduce participants to concepts, techniques, and relevant work from two growing domains of machine learning – Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Computer Vision (CV) – through the lens of open-source research done by Research Paper Competition participant, Connor Heaton. Connor’s work suggests a new way in which the game of baseball can be analyzed, described, and interrogated.
Ever wondered how a Sportsbook sets their odds? Come watch as FanDuel takes you through pricing markets from idea to delivery. We will provide insights into data ingestion, feature engineering, the modeling process, and putting data science models into production.
In this workshop, we will explore best practices in modern data architecture and self-service data exploration in Sigma - a next generation Analytics Platform built for the cloud. Sigma extends the power of SQL and the scale of the cloud by abstracting it into the common language of data, the interface that over a billion people already know how to use, the spreadsheet. We'll use Sigma to explore, analyze, and rapidly build an interactive workbook from scratch on millions of rows of live data.
The effects of COVID on sports fans and live events have altered the revenue strategy and emphasis around data acquisition for Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (holding company for Philadelphia 76ers & New Jersey Devils).
The pace with which fans have demanded new and different ways to engage with their favorite teams and leagues has rapidly accelerated in recent years. Learn how the NBA has grown its data strategy to support a growing product set and in so doing has evolved its thinking beyond the traditional definition of what it means to be a member.
Our goal at Catapult is to unleash the potential of every athlete and team on earth, and today we're sharing a breakthrough way for teams to do just that. Adam Chovan, a Senior Product Manager at Catapult, will discuss how Catapult is integrating wearable data with video footage to redefine performance analysis for all sports at every level. Discover how integrating these data sets can lead to new insights.
From women's sports leagues continuing to press for their rightful share of spend, to the shake-up that's underway in the U.S. motorsports hierarchy, we'll take a look at how consumer behavior and attitudes reveal some surprising findings and validate our suspicions about where sponsorship dollars are headed next.
From strategy in practice to games on the court and BIG WINS for the fans: analytics matter. In a previous world sports analysis for the NBA was a combination of observation, review, and gut instinct, all culminating in game-time strategy. Join Philip Chang, Director of Basketball Analytics with the Los Angeles Lakers for a talk about how analytics is literally changing the game.
In the increasingly competitive sports betting landscape, consumers have more options than ever. To differentiate from their peers, learn how Caesars Sportsbook is leveraging best practices from an industry-leading rewards program, reducing friction between online and in-person transactions, and creating unique experiences to engage their best customers.
Seamless and blended physical/digital environments and “digital twins” will soon become reality and ubiquitous components of next generation fan experience. Sports business leaders should capitalize on advances in technology and the emergence of a Web 3.0/Metaverse business climate to create transformative immersive environments for fans and new revenue streams for teams.
A look behind the curtain on how to create a fan first football league using silicon valley product development principles. Find out how experts, data, and live testing football rules, technology, and equipment to create the best 5 weeks of start up football in 60 years.
This session will consider the impact of the Rooney Rule on the representation of NFL coaches of color – and leaders of color beyond the NFL. Novel analytics focused on how coaches enter the NFL and progress up the coaching ladder highlight opportunities to enhance the Rule’s impact.
Team owner and league governor Johanna Boynton pulls back the curtain to show how the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF) is approaching the current sports landscape where player empowerment, fan engagement, and value-based partnerships have never been more important.
The trail running community has been rapidly growing over the past decade. Along with it, a vast amount of data is being collected. Data availability has the potential to support monitoring and evaluation of runners' performance at scale, two activities that have traditionally required domain knowledge. In this talk, I will outline some of the opportunities that data and analytics offer to trail runners.
Fans have changed the way they look at the live event space over the past two years. Join in this Competitive Advantage chat to learn how Ticketmaster LiveAnalytics team is working with event organizers to better understand how demographic, psychographic, and behavioral metrics have changed for fans across all segments of entertainment
Hear how Hive is using AI to power more scalable and comprehensive measurement of sponsorships, enabling brands to more fully capture the value of their investments and for rights holders to better price their assets
What can a decade at the cutting edge of Soccer analytics teach us about creating game-changing Football data? Join StatsBomb CEO Ted Knutson as he describes the process of starting from scratch, finding new answers to the same questions and creating a new competitive edge.
This presentation will focus on how transformative opportunities are made available through elite level fundraising. The analytical data and assets generated by sports provide a platform for us all to use in making a difference in our communities. Kiesha Nix, VP of Charitable Affairs for the Lakers, will discuss best practices around idea generation, execution, and how to make an impact.
Delivered in a case study format, the session will share how Sunni Hickman, VP of Marketing and Sales for the Harlem Globetrotters, brought in masters of basketball culture, Black excellence, and live show punch to create an entirely new Globetrotters experience. She’ll share how you can apply similar rebranding tactics to drive renewed loyalty and engagement with your target audience.
Scott Fawcett, the creator of DECADE Course Management System, will discuss his findings by using golfers during tournaments to track mental characteristics, shot outcome, and therefore the strokes lost due to lack of mental strength.
Phil Cheetham's presentation will focus on a personal view of the transformative journey of biomechanics and motion analysis technology from the early 1980s to the 2020s and how in those forty years we progressed from primitive frame-by-frame film analysis, through sensor technologies, finally arriving at the holy grail of single-camera 3D markerless motion capture and analysis: a confluence of computer, AI, camera and software technology all in a single phone.
Arjun Chowdri of the PGA of America explains how golf and healthcare industry experts were able to utilize scientific data to swiftly work together and develop CDC-approved guidelines for the sport throughout the country and world.
First-party data is definitely a hot topic (and quite frankly a survival requirement) for the cookieless future ahead. Let’s break down the various types of data within reach and cover ways to grow the size and depth of your database in meaningful and actionable ways.
MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is partnering with Oracle (a global technology company) to host the Oracle Innovation Challenge! Graduate students from around the country will be tasked with creating and presenting an in-person or at-home gameday innovation to a panel of judges from Oracle. The proposed idea must integrate with Oracle’s cloud computing expertise, data analytics services, and/or sports and entertainment software/hardware.
The Startup Competition and Trade Show provides an opportunity for selected startups and small companies to showcase their innovations in the fields of sports-related technologies, products, and services. Those that are selected by the SSAC committee will have the opportunity to present their products and/or services to potential customers, business partners, investors, and employees. This year Microsoft for Startups will be sponsoring the event, with the winner of competition receiving a substantial prize. This year, the competition will be held in-person and each finalist will be able to pitch to a panel of judges at the conference. The judges will include an executive from Microsoft for Startups,and professionals in investing and academia. Past participants include successful organizations such as ShotTracker, Noah Basketball, Nex Team, and many others that have leveraged their exposure to industry thought-leaders to successfully raise larger funding rounds. We will be accepting applications until February 11th.
The 9th annual Hackathon at the 2022 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference will bring innovative and analytical minds together to create groundbreaking solutions in the sports industry. The Hackathon, presented by ESPN and the NHL, will take place on Thursday, March 3rd (i.e. the day before the official start of the Conference) starting at 9:00 am ET. During the day, participants will be provided with a brief of the task and data set. Industry experts from ESPN and the NHL will provide mentorship throughout the event. The event culminates with participants presenting their work in a brief presentation to a panel of distinguished judges. A set of finalists from both the Student and Open divisions will then be selected to present their ideas during the second day (i.e. Saturday) of the Conference.
Eric Eager, George Chahrouri, Timo Riske, Brad Spielberger, LauSze Yui, Zach Drapkin, Tej Seth
Connor Heaton, Prasenjit Mitra
Koi Stephanos, Ghaith Husari, Brian Bennett, Matthew Harrison, Emma Stephanos
Henry Wang, Saman Sarraf, Arbi Tamrazian
Gabriel Anzer, Pascal Bauer, Ulf Brefeld, Dennis Fassmeyer