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The inaugural GeekWire Sports Tech Summit at Safeco Field drew more than 300 attendees.

A leading NFL executive; a mobile ticketing guru; an eSports innovator; a sports science expert; a women’s basketball legend; the CEO of a sports media entertainment company; a top football reporter; and much more.

The second annual GeekWire Sports Tech Summit is shaping up to be another action-packed event that brings together leaders across the sports technology landscape — ranging from data science to sports marketing to virtual reality to fan engagement to wearables and more — on June 21-22 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

There are only 350 tickets available for this much-anticipated event, which also includes fantastic networking opportunities from attendees who are at the cutting edge of sports and technology innovation and travel from around the world for this event. Early-bird tickets expire soon, so get your discounted tickets today.

Sue Bird cuts across the court while looking for an open passing lane. Bird will speak at the 2017 GeekWire Sports Tech Summit. (Photo via Neil Enns/Seattle Storm)

This week, we just added Seattle Storm veteran and women’s basketball legend Sue Bird to the agenda. Bird, a nine-time WNBA All Star and three-time Olympic gold medalist, will talk about how technology and sports science has impacted the way she prepares for and plays basketball. She recently spoke about sports tech at CES in Las Vegas on a panel with folks like NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NCAA CEO Mark Emmert.

Also joining us is Erik Anderson, the co-chairman and CEO of Topgolf Entertainment Group, which operates the popular driving-range-meets-bowling-alley entertainment company that utilizes technology in a variety of innovative ways.

GeekWire reporter Taylor Soper interviews TopGolf Co-Chairman & CEO Erik Anderson at TopGolf Crush-Safeco Field (GeekWire Photo/Kevin Lisota)

We are also looking forward to hearing from Russ D’Souza, co-founder of leading ticketing app SeatGeek, which just raised a $57 million investment round. D’Souza leads SeatGeek’s business functions, including business development and the growth of SeatGeek’s primary ticketing platform, SeatGeek Open. He was also named one of Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30” in 2013, as well as one of Business Insider’s “Silicon Alley 100” in 2010.

SeatGeek co-founder Russ D’Souza.

We’re also excited to welcome Dave Tenney to speak about innovations in sports science. Tenney is the director of performance & sports science at the Seattle Sounders FC, where he manages the team’s use of data and analytics to improve the performance of its players on the pitch. Tenney is one of the most respected soccer minds in sports science and has helped the Sounders utilize a variety of gadgets like GPS trackers and heart rate monitors to measure how exactly their players are performing during training and games.

Seattle Sounders Head Coach Brian Schmetzer and Director of Performance & Sports Science Dave Tenney.

Other speakers at the Sports Tech Summit include NFL COO Tod Leiweke, who previously was CEO of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Seattle Seahawks; League of Legends co-founder Brandon Beck; and ESPN senior writer John Clayton. We’ll be announcing more speakers in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for that.

Our guests will have a ton of fun at the Sports Tech Summit, with a Sounders match on the evening before a full day of fireside chats, interactive panels, live demos, power talks, and more at the event, which is co-hosted with Seattle Sounders FC and Eiger Marketing.

Last year’s inaugural event featured folks like L.A. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin; MLS Commissioner Don Garber; and others.

Early bird tickets expire soon, so get your tickets today, and see you all in June in sunny Seattle!

For sponsorship opportunities at the GeekWire Sports Tech Summit, contact Daniel Rossi at

NOTE: GeekWire Galactic members will receive automatic access to the Sports Tech Summit. For other members interested in attending, please email John Cook at for a special discount.


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