Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 (8AM-2PM)
Presented by Yahoo Sports & Verizon
229 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

The future of sports will be driven by a convergence of emerging media and communications technologies— from the mobile to the immersive— that together are creating massive new opportunity for nimble media and technology companies in a growing market.

In the decade ahead, sophisticated new video technologies, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and the promise of ubiquitous 5G wireless connectivity are among the trends that will radically change the way that sports media is created, distributed, consumed and monetized. The consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates the sports market will grow to $78.5 billion in 2021 from an estimated $69.3 billion in 2017.

Sports/Media/Tech explored the opportunity through a range of presentations, pitches and discussion with leaders from across industry.



8:00AM: Registration, Coffee and Networking
9:00AM: Sports, Media and Technology: The Decade Ahead
2020- the dawn of a new decade. What are the key trends likely to define the next decade in sports media and technology, and how can smart media, technology and sports companies prepare for the future? With speakers:

  • Christian Guirnalda, Verizon (moderator)

  • Christine Pantoya, NBA

  • Deepen Parikh, Courtside VC

  • Evan Silverman, A+E Networks

9:45AM: Lightning pitches
Short presentations on two startups and technologies reshaping sports. Keemotion and Vidrovr join this session, moderated by NYC Media Lab's Amy Chen.
10:00AM: Teams + Fans + Tech
What new technologies enable teams to build affinity with fans and communities and drive broader consumption of sports content? With speakers:

  • Michael Beshar, Oath Sports (moderator)

  • Jayne Bussman-Wise, New York Red Bulls

  • Nick Haynes, Automated Insights

  • Frank Nakano, JP Morgan Chase

  • Adrian Segovia, Univision Communications Inc.

10:30AM: Coffee & Networking Break
11:00AM: Beyond Human
From new technologies for rendering artificial video to fantasy and e-sports, the future of sports is destined to include more and more machine-derived content. What are the opportunities, and how will these technologies reshape traditional sports? With speakers:

  • Adaora Udoji, Investor & Producer (moderator)

  • Barry Bedlan, The Associated Press

  • Scott Kaufman-Ross, NBA

  • Geoff Reiss, Yahoo Sports

  • Claudio Silva, NYU

  • Jason Xu, Battlefy

11:30AM: Glass to Glass
Technologies for capturing, distributing and rendering sports media content are evolving. What is the latest in video and immersive media technology? With speakers:

  • Justin Hendrix, NYC Media Lab (moderator)

  • Sarah Crennan, Yahoo Sports

  • Troy Ewanchyna, NBC Sports Group

  • Saswat Panda, Livelike

  • Dirk Van Dall, BAMTECH Media

12:00PM: Lightning pitches II
Short presentations on three startups and technologies reshaping sports. Fanwide, PLAAY, and Fansmit join this session, moderated by NYC Media Lab's Amy Chen.

12:15PM: 5G + Sports 
More than a new wireless infrastructure, 5G is a platform for invention. How will this new layer of connectivity change sports? With speakers:

  • Christian Guirnalda, Verizon 5G Labs (moderator)

  • Rahat Ahmed, TrinityVR

  • Steve Hellmuth, NBA

  • Sundeep Rangan, NYU

  • Sanyogita Shamsunder, Verizon

  • Peter Linder, Ericsson North America 

1:00PM: Lunch & Networking

2:00PM: Close

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