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Future of Tennis & Tech Event Scheduled for New York City in August

19 Jul, 2017


Unique 'Tennis Innovation Challenge' competition, sports tech demos, and tennis industry events to start Aug. 28, first day of US Open play

Visionaries with new, innovative products, software or services designed to grow the sport and business of tennis with players, consumers and fans can submit their pitch in the “Tennis Innovation Challenge NYC 2017.”

This unique competition will take place at the 10th Annual Tennis Industry Association (TIA) Tennis Forum, which will be held in New York City on Aug. 28, the first day of play at the US Open.

The Innovation Challenge is in conjunction with “Future of Tennis & Tech” sessions that will be held Aug. 28 and 29, sponsored by both the TIA and the SportsCouncil Silicon Valley. Both the Forum and the tech sessions will be at the InterContinental New York Barclay at Lexington Avenue and 49th Street in New York City, which is the official US Open hotel for the ATP Tour.

Through July 7, companies and individuals can complete a short Tennis Innovation Challenge application form at tennisindustry.org/innovation describing their new, innovative product or service. There is no fee to apply for the Innovation Challenge.

On Monday morning, Aug. 28, finalists from the Innovation Challenge online application process will have the opportunity to present their new product or service to a panel of judges—and in front of an audience of tennis industry leaders—in a “Shark Tank”-like competition to be held during the TIA Tennis Forum. (While the Forum is free to attend, space is limited, so registration is required. Visit TennisIndustry.org.)

Tennis Innovation Challenge finalists will receive media exposure through the TIA leading up to the Forum. The winner of the Innovation Challenge will receive $1,000, a national press release to thousands of news outlets with a potential reach to millions of consumers, coverage in Tennis Industry magazine, a one-year TIA membership, and additional exposure through industry marketing and social media channels. 

The Innovation Challenge will be moderated by Carlos Salum, president of Salum International Resources and the tennis industry liaison to the SportsCouncil Silicon Valley (SCSV). The SCSV is an exclusive group that operates as a marketplace for elite sports organizations and technology startups focused on sports. Based in the heart of Silicon Valley and with representatives worldwide, the SCSV matches the needs of sports organizations with advanced solutions in the areas of performance, fan engagement, stadium management and data analytics.

“With SCSV, tech startups benefit from business development opportunities, access to funding, product development mentoring and branding opportunities,” says entrepreneur and SCSV co-founder Julien Blin. “We’re pleased to bring these Future of Tennis & Tech sessions to New York, during the world’s largest tennis tournament, and to put the spotlight on how technology can help this sport and this business grow.” 

In addition to the Innovation Challenge, SCSV and Salum will present Future of Tennis & Tech sessions on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, Aug. 28 and 29, at the InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel. Tech companies can display their products and services at a “Tech Fair” event held on Monday. Visit tennisindustry.org to learn more or contact the TIA at 843-686-3036.

The Monday afternoon Future of Tennis & Tech session will include a panel of startup tech companies and focus on how technology can help the tennis business. As of mid-June, startup companies that will participate include ASAP-Sport, Bluefox, Hexoskin, Kitman Labs, VKTRY, VREE and Brick Simple. (Startup tech companies interested in participating should contact Julien Blin at Julien@sportscouncilsv.com.) The Monday afternoon session also will include small-group discussions in a “world café” format, moderated by Salum. 

The Tuesday morning Future of Tennis & Tech session will include a sports & tech keynote speaker, Q&A discussions with tech and tennis celebrities, small-group meetings and networking. Topics will include wearable tech, virtual reality, data analytics, esports, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, drones and more. 

“If you are into sports and tech, this exclusive VIP event will be a great opportunity to learn about current and future sports tech trends, accelerate your business, find new customers and investors, and promote your technology,” Salum says. 

This past March, the TIA held its inaugural Tennis Innovation Challenge at the Tennis Owners & Managers Conference in Orlando, Fla. The winner of that competition was Tennibot of Auburn, Ala. Tennibot (www.tennibot.com) is a robotic tennis ball collector that detects tennis balls on the court using cameras, sensors and complex algorithms. 

For more information on the Tennis Innovation Challenge NYC 2017, view the application at tennisindustry.org/innovation or email innovation@tennisindustry.org.

About the TIA: The Tennis Industry Association, the not-for-profit trade association for tennis, is THE unifying force in the tennis industry whose mission is to promote the growth and economic vitality of the business of tennis by working closely with its industry partners and in support of the USTA in their development of initiatives to increase tennis participation. Core TIA activities include producing more than 70 U.S. and global research reports annually on participation and consumer/trade research, managing the largest relational database, along with hosting annual TIA Tennis Forum, Leadership meetings and the T.O.M. Conference at major tournaments and events. Visit TennisIndustry.org or call 866-686-3036.

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