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  • Former IOC Member to Speak at SportsPro Live -- Conferences & Conventions


    (ATR) More than 650 delegates are expected at the sixth edition of SportsPro Live. 

    Former IOC member and Olympic champion Angela Ruggiero is a guest speaker (ATR)
    The event, which will be held on April 30 and May 1 in London, will feature what organizers say is "a future-focused sports agenda looking at the meeting point between tech, business and fandom".

    Organizers have added five new forums to the agenda, including finance, artificial intelligence, esports, digital transformation and broadcasting.

    Among the more than 70 expected speakers will be former IOC member Angela Ruggiero, who is the CEO and co-founder of Sports Innovation Lab and Steve Elworthy, the managing director for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

    A two-for-one deal is available here until the end of January. The package includes access to all five forums; all food and beverage offered in main venue, including networking drinks; all panel sessions, case studies, and workshop sessions; and all networking opportunities

    International Federations Summit Offers Bonus

    The second annual International Federations Summit will feature a skiing trip after the two-day event wraps up.

    World Archery Excellence Centre (World Archery)
    The summit on January 23-24 is hosted by World Archery at its Excellence Centre in Lausanne.

    About 15 IFs and an intimate group of industry suppliers will come together to discuss best practice and solutions for event delivery on a global stage, according to organizer Major Events International.

    The two-day event will include an afternoon of briefings and a social gathering on the evening of January 23 followed by a full day program of workshops, presentations and a roundtable discussion. The summit ends with an evening reception and dinner. 

    For those who would like to relax after the event, an informal skiing trip is planned for January 25.

    Host City Asia Back in Beijing

    A special early bird rate is available as Host City Asia returns to Beijing’s Four Seasons Hotel for its second edition on April 11, 2019.

    Beijing Bird's Nest Stadium (Host City Asia)
    Organizers say 200 international event rights owners, Asian event hosts, organizing committees, and experts are set to participate under the conference theme of “Faster, Higher, Stronger: Growth through Event Hosting”.

    Agenda topics include the impact of AI, big data and blockchain on the events sector, integrating event infrastructure planning into city plans, and how to engage young people in sports and culture events.

    With a mix of panel discussions, keynote addresses and case studies, Host City Asia will highlight the issues and opportunities facing everyone in the major events business.

    The special early bird delegate rate is available through January 25. Click here to take advantage of the discount.

    VISTA 2019 

    The VISTA 2019 Conference will take place from September 4-7, 2019 in Amsterdam.

    The ninth edition of the conference for sports scientists and experts in Para sport is organized through a partnership between the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Amsterdam Institute of Sport Science (AISS). 

    Next year’s theme is “Healthy and Fit for Optimal Performance". Around 300 of the world’s leading sports scientists, sport medicine practitioners, classifiers, coaches, athletes and sport administrators are expected to attend the conference.

    VISTA is designed to promote and advance the mission, goals, objectives and reputation of the IPC while providing a platform for the academic world to meet with athletes and professional experts in the field of sport for athletes with an impairment. 

    Attendees registering before June 1, 2019 at can take advantage of a discounted early bird registration rate for the conference at the Novotel Amsterdam City Hotel.

    SportAccord Unveils HealthAccord Program for 2019 Summit

    SportAccord has unveiled the second edition of its HealthAccord conference program for the next convention in Gold Coast, Australia in May.

    The inaugural HeathAccord was in Bangkok last year (SportAccord)
    “The Power of Sport - The Power to Change” will be held on May 7.

    “HealthAccord 2019 is a great opportunity for SportAccord participants to learn from healthcare professionals and technology experts on topics that are relevant for all sports: athlete mental health, nutritional supplements, technological monitoring of athlete injuries and wearable sensors in sport," said Prof. Margo Mountjoy, co-chair for HealthAccord.

    HealthAccord had a successful launch earlier this year at the SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit in Bangkok.

    The Gold Coast edition of SportAccord, which runs from May 5-10, will host more than 50 conference sessions with around 100 international speakers and panelists taking part. Besides HealthAccord, the four other conference streams include: The Summit, CityAccord, LawAccord, MediaAccord, and CityAccord.

    Delegates can register at the World Sport & Business Summit and take advantage of the early bird rate.

    From December 10-12 of next year, SportAccord will go to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for its first regional conference which will focus on “enabling IFs to gather with key players from the region”.

    Special Early Bird Offer for THE SPOT

    Registration has opened for the second edition of THE SPOT with a special early bird offer.

    ThinkSport is selling the first 100 tickets to the event for only 300 Swiss francs ($303.58). Click here to take advantage of the deal, which likely won't last long.

    THE SPOT will be held at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne on May 28-29. More than 1,000 people from the words of sport, academia, and business are expected to attend.

    Participants will be able to present and discover new products and solutions at the Marketplace and the DemoZone. Another feature of the event is a competition where dozens of young companies go head-to-head in a start-up battle with delegates casting votes toward crowning the ultimate champion.

    Written by Gerard Farek 

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