Sports, Communication, and Technology Summit

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The 2nd Annual “Sports, Communication, and Technology Summit” hosted by the Marist College Center for Sports Communication

Saturday, April 9, 2016

9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Location: Marist College

Pre-conference: Friday, April 8, 2016 (New York City and Poughkeepsie)

The Marist College Center for Sports Communication is pleased to announce its second annual Sports, Communication, and Technology Summit. Building on last year’s inaugural event, this day-long summit will bring together undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, practitioners, and industry leaders for a robust discussion of and unique skill training in the broadly defined domain of sports communication technology – from video and audio production to sports apps to wearable and virtual computing technology. While this event is focused on unique experiences for undergraduate students, there will be important learning endeavors for faculty, graduate students, and those working in the field. We encourage registration and involvement from all groups. The event is open to those from various and divergent fields with an interest in this topic. To encourage participation, registration is set at $35 for participants, which goes towards offsetting event costs.

For a broader experience for attendees and to increase opportunities for dialogue amongst attendees, this year the Summit will include a pre-conference day on Friday, April 8. This day will begin in NYC with an opportunity to visit sports organizations (TBD) and discuss their technological emphases. The day will continue with a welcoming talk/social event in the evening at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. For out of town guests, travel is available by commuter rail to Poughkeepsie from Manhattan.  There will be an addition $20 fee for all those participating in the pre-conference to help offset event costs.

You can register for the Summit and pre-conference here.

NOTE: To encourage participation and to allow for as much undergraduate participation as possible, we have waived the conference registration fee. Those who have already registered will have their registration fees refunded.

Saturday’s Summit will consist of the following events:

Undergraduate Case Study Competition

Student groups of up to six will present a solution to a case that will be assigned approximately two months in advance of the event (the beginning of the spring semester). This case will ask students to solve a problem/quandary in sports using communication technology. The solution can come in a variety of forms: a concept or research paper, a campaign, software, an app, or any other format that best provides a solution to the presented problem. Students groups will give a ten minute presentation to the audience and panel of judges on their solution. At the conclusion of group presentations, judges will ask questions to participants. Awards will be given to the winning groups. More information about the case, including specific guidelines and rules, will be given to teams upon registration and the assignment of the project.

Lunch, Research Presentation, and Panel Discussion

Lunch will be provided for all registered attendees. During lunch, there will also be a panel of leading professionals, innovators, and scholars in a discussion of a vital topic in the sports, communication, and technology space. Attendees will be able to ask questions of the panelists after the presentation. Additionally, the Center for Sports Communication will discuss a recent research project related to "Swarm Madness" using collective intelligence and innovative software called UNU from Unanimous A.I.

Hands-on Tutorials

In 45-minute sessions, professors and practitioners will provide tutorials on relevant sports communication technology. These sessions will offer attendees hands-on experience in some form of sports communication technology, particularly ones that might fall outside of traditional classroom instruction. Current sessions include infographics in sports, Go-Pros for sports media, and best practices for social media using technology in sports.

Faculty/Industry Expert Volunteers

There are several opportunities for faculty and industry experts to volunteer for various tasks at the summit. These primarily include serving as either tutorial session leader or case study competition judge. Additionally, we would love to speak with anyone with a product, technology, or concept they would like to demonstrate during the afternoon display session. Please contact any of the summit organizers (info below) with interest in these opportunities. You may also indicate this on the registration form. All assistance is greatly appreciated and will help make for a more robust learning experience for summit attendees.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, April 8

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-conference site visits, NYC (NOTE: More info to be posted on Monday, April 4 about schedule). Tentative plan is to meet in Grand Central Station at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, April 9

Lowell Thomas (morning sessions)

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Coffee and Registration

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. First Tutorial Session

10:15 - 10:45 a.m Second Tutorial Session

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Third Tutorial Session

Cornell Boathouse (afternoon sessions)

12:00 to 1:20 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Panel

1:30 to 3 p.m. Case Study Teamwork

3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Case Study Presentations (click here for case study assignment)

4:45 p.m. Results and Event Conclusion

Please check the event's webpage for updated information, including hotel options, speaker updates, and final tutorial topics.

For more information about the summit, please contact Keith Strudler, director of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, at or (845) 575-3506, Ryan Rogers at, or Tim Mirabito at Click here to register for the event.