If you love to think about sports and all the statistics associated with them, the fifth annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference—held March 4-5, 2011—wants to hear from you. This year, the conference is hosting the new Evolution of Sport (EOS) Address, a contest to discover the ideas that could someday change the face of sports.
Anyone can participate. Submit your idea that could later be presented in a 10-15 minute speech to the conference by January 20. Ten finalists will receive free conference tickets and record their presentation at the event—working with the EOS team to craft their speeches. Video presentations will be distributed via the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference webpage; select presentations will appear on larger media outlets.
The purpose of the conference is “to provide a forum for industry professionals (executives and leading researchers) and students to discuss the increasing role of analytics in the sports industry.” Since it began in 2007, the conference has been growing like crazy, doubling in size twice and moving from campus to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center to accommodate more attendees—and even then there was a waitlist of 400 people last year.
Which means: if you’re interested in registering, cross your fingers and hope it hasn’t sold out yet. There’s a special price for alumni.
Featured speakers for 2011 include ESPN Columnist Bill Simmons, Author Malcolm Gladwell, U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati, ESPN Commentator Michael Wilbon, and many more. Check out topics for panels as well.
New this year: the conference has expanded to two days, a trade show will showcase innovations related to the sports industry and offer a way for entrepreneurs to connect with businesses, and a poster session has been added to the expanded research paper track to accommodate more participants. Last year, research paper topics included omission bias in officiating, the value of blocked shots in the NBA, and a novel approach to fantasy basketball management.
Learn more about the history of the conference, including topics addressed each year.