GeekWire Sports Tech Summit

GeekWire Sports Tech Summit

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, right, and former US Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors, center, speaking at the 2016 GeekWire Sports Tech Summit.

See the full recap from the 2017 GeekWire Sports Tech Summit here.

The GeekWire Sports Tech Summit on June 21-22, brings together dozens of leading thinkers in data science, sports marketing, virtual reality, wearables and more for an informative and action-packed event that includes evening cocktail receptions, fireside chats, interactive panels, live demos, a Sounders match and much more.

This year’s lineup includes some of the top names in sports and technology, including NFL COO Tod Leiweke; SeatGeek co-founder Russ D’Souza; WNBA point guard Sue Bird; League of Legends co-founder Brandon Beck; sports executive Tim Leiweke and many others.

The action will begin on Wednesday, June 21, with a pre-party leading up to the 7:30 p.m. Sounders FC match against Orlando City, presented by League. (To attend the pre-party and the match, please be sure to select the “Match + Summit” ticket type below.)

On Thursday, June 22, the conference kicks off at CenturyLink Field Events Center — featuring leaders in sports tech discussing new innovations that will transform the fan experience, revolutionize the front office and boost the performance of athletes.

The Sports Tech Summit is ideal for sports executives, entrepreneurs, developers, media, technology pioneers, fans or anyone else who wants a front row seat to where the sports industry is headed.

Important: GeekWire Sports Tech Summit FAQ: What to know if you’re attending the 2nd annual sports tech conference

Check out a full recap and video from the inaugural GeekWire Sports Tech Summit in 2016 here. Logo design by Chris Lewman.



Brandon BeckBrandon Beck
Co-founder of Riot Games, Co-managing owner of Los Angeles FC
Tod LeiwekeTod Leiweke
COO, National Football League
Russ D'SouzaRuss D'Souza
Co-founder, SeatGeek
John ClaytonJohn Clayton
ESPN Senior Writer
Erik AndersonErik Anderson
Co-Chairman and CEO, Topgolf Entertainment
Sue BirdSue Bird
Seattle Storm guard
Jerry DipotoJerry Dipoto
Executive Vice President & General Manager, Seattle Mariners
Tim LeiwekeTim Leiweke
Founder, Oak View Group
Dave FinocchioDave Finocchio
Co-founder and CEO, Bleacher Report
Al GuidoAl Guido
President, San Francisco 49ers
David TenneyDavid Tenney
Director of Performance & Sports Science, Seattle Sounders
Karen ThomasKaren Thomas
Managing director, Gensler
Rick FoxRick Fox
Founding Partner, VVP
Dr. Uma JayaramDr. Uma Jayaram
Co-founder, VOKE; Managing Director, Intel Sports
Tucker KainTucker Kain
CFO, Los Angeles Dodgers
Jen MuellerJen Mueller
Reporter at Root Sports, Seahawks Sideline Reporter
Aaron LevineAaron Levine
Sports Director, Q13 Fox
Dr. Laila MintasDr. Laila Mintas
Deputy President, Sportradar US
Bryce BlumBryce Blum
Executive Vice President, Catalyst Sports & Media
Jesse SullivanJesse Sullivan
Director of Business Development for Smart Solutions, CenturyLink


June 21, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Welcome Party and Sounders FC match

Join us as we kick off the 2nd Annual GeekWire Sports Tech Summit with a Welcome Party prior to the Sounders FC match against Orlando City, presented by League. Join us for food, drink and fun in the east loft area of CenturyLink Field, and then take in a Sounders match in one of the most electric environments in professional soccer. Note: Conference attendees who want to attend the party and match must select the “Match + Summit” ticket type when registering.

June 22, 7:30 a.m.
Registration & Networking

Registration opens, badge pick-up. The conference will take place in the Northwest Loft in the West Club Lounge of CenturyLink Field, 800 Occidental Ave. South.

8:45 a.m.
GeekWire Sports Tech Summit begins

Opening Remarks

8:50 a.m.
Fireside chat: Brandon Beck, co-founder of Riot Games

An inside look at the future of eSports from video game pioneer Brandon Beck, the co-creator of League of Legends, the online gaming franchise that attracts more than 100 million game players each month. Moderated by former NBA basketball star and Vision Venture Partners founding partner Rick Fox.

9:20 a.m.
Fireside chat: Dave Finocchio, co-founder and CEO of Bleacher Report

How do younger sports fans consume content? Dave Finocchio will offer insights on how Bleacher Report, a 10-year-old sports media site, is connecting with the next generation of sports fans.

9:50 a.m.
Fireside chat: Sue Bird, guard Seattle Storm

The athletes’ take. Legendary WNBA All Star Sue Bird on how technology is changing the game. Moderated by Q13 Fox sports director Aaron Levine.

10:20 a.m.

Meet other sports tech attendees, and check out our sponsors and exhibitors.

10:45 a.m.
Fireside chat: Jerry Dipoto, GM of Seattle Mariners

The general manager of the Seattle Mariners and former relief pitcher will talk about the changing dynamics of baseball, and the technologies that impact his job. Moderated by Root Sports reporter Jen Mueller.

11:20 a.m.
Fireside chat: Tod Leiweke, COO of the NFL
NFL COO Tod Leiweke will sit down with ESPN reporter John Clayton to discuss how NFL teams, players, coaches, executives and front office personnel are using new technologies to engage with fans, improve player safety and build the NFL’s global brand.

Lunch provided for all Sports Tech Summit attendees. Grab your lunch and check out the sponsored talk by CenturyLink on the main stage.

1:00 p.m.
Power Talk: Bryce Blum, EVP at Catalyst Sports & Media

The State of eSports: The competitive video game industry, more commonly known as eSports, is the largest phenomenon many people have never heard of. Having transitioned from a marketing engine for games into an independently monetized set of spectator sports, eSports are now garnering investment from traditional sports teams, selling out stadiums around the world, and attracting tens of millions of viewers. Bryce will explore the size and scope of the eSports industry in 2017, and will discuss how the digitally native eSports industry will pioneer new forms of technology from which the traditional sports industry will undoubtedly draw.

1:10 p.m.
Panel: The Future of Sports Data

Join Dave Tenney, director of performance and sports science at the Seattle Sounders FC, and Dr. Laila Mintas, deputy president at Sportradar U.S., for a lively discussion about how technology is shaping the way players, coaches, teams, leagues, and fans use and consume sports-related data — both today and in the future.

1:40 p.m.
Power Talk: Dr. Uma Jayaram, co-founder of Voke

Get the inside scoop on virtual reality in sports from VOKE co-founder Dr. Uma Jayaram, who sold her sports VR company to Intel last fall.

2 p.m.
Fireside chat: Erik Anderson, CEO of Topgolf

The co-chairman and CEO of Topgolf Entertainment Group discusses what’s next for the popular driving-range-meets-bowling-alley entertainment company.

2:25 p.m.
Afternoon Break, presented by UPS

Hang out with other Sports Tech Summit attendees, and check out sponsor booths and exhibitors. Snacks and beverages provided. Grab a chair massage from sponsor League, or test your running style with Brooks Running’s new Run Signature technology.

2:50 p.m.
Fireside chat: Tucker Kain, CFO of L.A. Dodgers

Dodgers CFO Tucker Kain, who oversees the team’s startup accelerator, discusses how technology is impacting professional baseball. Moderated by GeekWire sports tech reporter Taylor Soper.

3:20 p.m.
Power Talk: Russ D'Souza, co-founder of SeatGeek

A glimpse at the future of sports ticketing and the in-stadium fan experience with SeatGeek co-founder Russ D’Souza.

3:40 p.m.
Fireside chat: San Francisco 49ers President Al Guido

Al Guido, who was named president of the San Francisco 49ers last year, will discuss how the Bay Area NFL team is using technology and talk about the construction of Levi’s Stadium, one of the most high-tech sports facilities in the world that opened in 2016.

4:10 p.m.
Fireside chat: Tim Leiweke, founder of Oak View Group

The longtime sports executive and CEO of Oak View Group, which just won the renovation bid for Seattle’s Key Arena, will discuss how stadiums are changing to create more immersive fan experiences.

4:45 p.m.
Closing remarks

A recap of the day’s highlights.

4:50 p.m.
Closing party

Connect with new and old friends and discuss everything you learned at the Sports Tech Summit at this party hosted at CenturyLink Field. Snacks and beverages provided, great conversations guaranteed.

7:10 p.m.
Seattle Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers

Keep the conversations going over peanuts, popcorn and fried grasshoppers! The Mariners are battling the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night, and you can take in the action at Safeco Field. Note: Mariners’ tickets are not included as part of your Sports Tech Summit pass, but you can rally some of your friends and purchase tickets via the Mariners’ site here.