Women in Sports Data Symposium

Aug 20, 2022

Aug 20, 2022

7:30 am To 7:30 pm

168 39th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

https://evbrw.se/3SJM0tU

$0 - $125

Event Description

Analytics in sport is about uncovering an edge. Giving women a platform is integral to competitive innovation.

Join us for the inaugural Women in Sports Data Symposium 2022 for a day of conversation featuring incredible women working in sports analytics across the technical spectrum. The event will take place at the Brooklyn Nets HSS Training Center on the practice courts on Saturday, August 20, 2022.

Student tickets are available via ACCESS CODE for $25. Email info@womeninsportsdata.org from your .edu educational institution account to request an access code.

IMPORTANT: NO TICKET SALES AT THE DOOR

All ticket sales close on Saturday, August 20 at 7:30am.

Our mission

As the tech and sports industries grow in importance and influence, women remain heavily underrepresented—to the detriment of all.

The Women in Sports Data initiative aims to amplify women’s voices in sports analytics across the technical spectrum and to foster community through a one-day symposium featuring incredible women working in technical roles in professional sports.

In addition, we are holding a concurrent project-based data hackathon open to women with no pre-existing full time employment in professional sports. This competition will take place over a six-week sprint.

Our vision

  • ✨ A networking event for women in the sports analytics industry
  • ✨ A mentorship and development incubator for talented young women
  • ✨ An opportunity for professional teams and analytics companies to discover the next big thing in sports

Venue

The event will be held in Brooklyn, New York at the Brooklyn Nets HSS Training Center on the practice courts on Saturday, August 20. A virtual option is available to sponsoring schools and organizations. All are welcome to attend.

Please bring a valid ID to enter the training facility.

Sessions

You’ll hear from professionals and experts at the top of their game working in:

  • ⚾️ Baseball (Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers)
  • 🏀 Basketball (Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Strata Athletics)
  • 🏈 American football (NFL)
  • 🏒 Hockey (Seattle Kraken, Carnegie Mellon University, Stathletes)
  • ⚽️ Soccer (Blue Crow Sports)
  • 🏆 Industry (ESPN, Zelus Analytics)

Saturday, August 19

7:30–9:00: Registration & Breakfast

Provided bagels, pastries, and fruit

9:00–9:15: Welcome

9:15–10:15: Advancing Women’s Sports with Data, On and Off the Court

  • Moderator: Meghan Chayka (Co-Founder/Co-CEO, Stathletes)
  • Panelists: Caiti Donovan (CEO, 1454 & Lex Consulting), Arielle Dror (Data Scientist, Zelus Analytics), Carleen Markey (PhD Student, Carnegie Mellon University)
  • 10:15–11:15: Hackathon Finalists: Men’s Euro 2020 (StatsBomb 360) Projects

  • Alison Gale, “Pass Analyzer”
  • Anna Hartman & Rachel Yang, “Throw Ins: Gain the Upper Hand”
  • Caitlan Krasinski, “Cross Probability Tool”
  • 11:15–12:15: Building Better—Sports Science & Player Performance

  • Moderator: Tegan Bunsu Ashby (Senior Software Engineer, Brooklyn Nets)
  • Panelists: Georgia Giblin (Director, Performance Science, Detroit Tigers), Carly Fennell (Director, Player Health & Safety Data Management, NFL), Sarah Kessler (Performance Data Analyst, Indiana Pacers), Megan Schroeder (Director, Performance Science, Los Angeles Dodgers)
  • 12:15–1:30: Lunch

    Provided box lunch (vegetarian option)

    1:30–2:15: Let’s Get Kraken—Expansion Teams & Starting from Scratch

  • Moderator: Sarah Gelles (Director, Research & Development, Houston Astros)
  • Panelists: Alexandra Mandrycky (Director, Hockey Strategy & Research, Seattle Kraken), Namita Nandakumar (Senior Quantitative Analyst, Seattle Kraken)
  • 2:15–3:15: Software Engineering in Sports Analytics

  • Moderator: Tegan Bunsu Ashby (Senior Software Engineer, Brooklyn Nets)
  • Panelists: Lauren Poe (Sports Analytics Developer, ESPN), Casey Thayer (Machine Learning Engineer, Zelus Analytics), Anna Zhao (Senior Software Engineer, Utah Jazz)
  • 3:15–4:00: Afternoon Break

    4:00–5:00: Shooting Hoops—A Conversation on Basketball and Data

  • Moderator: Diana Ma (Data Scientist Emerita, Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Panelists: Brittni Donaldson (Co-Founder Strata Athletics, Assistant Coach & Director of Coaching Development, Hamilton Honey Badgers), Katherine Evans (VP, Research & Information Systems, Monumental Sports & Entertainment), Ivana Šerić (Senior Product Scientist, Zelus Analytics)
  • 5:00–6:00: How Pros Use Data—Translating Data Insights for Stakeholders on Teams, Leagues, and the Media

  • Moderator: Sarah Gelles (Director, Research & Development, Houston Astros)
  • Panelists: Catherine Fields (Program Manager, Research & Development, Houston Astros), Allison Loucks (Director, Business Development & Information, ESPN), Sarah Rudd (VP, Analytics Technology, Blue Crow Sports)
  • 6:00–6:30: Closing: Hackathon Winner Announcement

    Sponsored by Sportradar

    6:30–8:30: Roofdeck Happy Hour Reception

    Open bar + small bites

    Friday, August 19

    [SOLD OUT] MLB Roundtable Discussion

    MLB will be hosting a round-table discussion + networking event on August 19th from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm (the day before the conference). If interested- please select the FREE ticket (seats are limited so please register soon). Food and beverages provided.

    Who it’s for: Women interested in baseball career opportunities. This is a great way to network and learn about job opportunities at MLB and hear stories from current employees.

    Location: MLB headquarters located at 1271 Avenue of the Americas

    FAQ

    I am unable to attend without financial support. Are there scholarships I can apply for?

    Yes! The Houston Astros will be providing a limited number of fellowships to cover travel and lodging for the Symposium. The application can be found here. PLEASE note applications are due on June 30th.

    The Milwaukee Brewers will be providing one fellowship to cover travel and lodging for the Symposium. The application can be found here. PLEASE note applications are due on August 1st.

    Additionally, here is a thread on Twitter of people and organizations who have generously offered to donate a ticket for this event. Please reach out to them directly.

    I am not female. Can I attend?

    We warmly welcome everyone to attend our event to listen, learn, and grow. However, please be mindful this is a space to support and amplify people with underrepresented gender identities in sports analytics.

    How much do tickets cost?

    We do not want cost to keep anyone from attending, so we are offering a sliding scale on the honor system:

    • $25 (students): email info@womeninsportsdata.org from your .edu educational institution account to request an access code
    • $75 (self-paying): for people who are paying for their ticket out of pocket
    • $125 (company-funded): for people whose organizations/employers are covering the cost of their ticket
    • $10 (virtual): provides access to a Zoom webinar livestream of our Symposium panels

    Is there a dress code?

    We’d recommend whatever you’d feel comfortable wearing in a casual work/office environment — for us, that means jeans and a t-shirt. You’ll be in a large gym for the majority of the day and it’s still fairly hot in NYC in late August, so plan accordingly.

    Can I bring a laptop in a backpack?

    You may bring a laptop (we offer wifi!) and your backpack must go through our security.

    Can I donate ticket(s)?

    Yes! If you would like to donate a ticket, please purchase under the name of the person you are donating to OR email us at info@womeninsportsdata.org with ticket information and person(s) you are donating to. You MUST have name(s) and contact information of individual(s) you are purchasing tickets for.

    Tickets for donation must be purchased at either the self-paying ($75) or company-funded ($125) tier.

    What is your refund policy?

    We typically do not offer refunds. However, we understand each person’s situation could be unique so please contact us at info@womeninsportsdata.org.

    You can also transfer your ticket over to someone else. If you would like to donate your ticket to someone on the waitlist, please contact us.

    I can’t attend in person. Is there a virtual option?

    Yes!

    My organization would like to help support this event. How do I learn more about sponsorship opportunities?

    Please email us at info@womeninsportsdata.org with the subject line: “Event Sponsorship Inquiry”

    Who can I contact if I have questions?

    Please email us at info@womeninsportsdata.org

    Transportation

    The Brooklyn Nets HSS Training Center is located at 168 39th St., Brooklyn, NY in the Industry City complex in the neighborhood of Sunset Park. Entrance to the facility reception is on 39th Street to the left of Gumption Coffee. Look for a Welcome sign for Women in Sports Data. You must bring a valid ID to enter the practice facility.

    For general information on how to get to Industry City, see the IC “Getting Here” guide.

    Driving

    I-278 W

    BROOKLYN QUEENS EXPRESSWAY

    EXIT 23

    Parking

    Parking Lot D is directly across from the training facility.

    (PDF)

    Subway

    The training facility is a 10-minute walk from 36th Street Station, serviced the by D/N/R subway lines.

    Keep in touch!

    🐦 Twitter: @WinSportsData

    📩 Mailing list: Newsletter

    💼 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/women-in-sports-data-symposium-hackathon/

    💻 Website: www.womeninsportsdata.org

    Email: info@womeninsportsdata.org

    Organizers

    Womeninsportsdata

    https://www.womeninsportsdata.org/

    About the Organizers

    Analytics in sport is about uncovering an edge. Giving women a platform is integral to competitive innovation.

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