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  • THE SPOT Gives Start-ups a Spotlight -- Conferences & Conventions


    (ATR) The second edition of THE SPOT will again feature opportunities for start-ups in the fields of sport, physical activity or technology to showcase themselves.
    THE SPOT start-up battle in 2018 (THE SPOT/Daniel Mitchell)

    ThinkSport’s sport and innovation event will be back at the 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.

    About 80 start-ups are expected to line up in a head-to-head battle, operated by Venturelab. Organizers say they will compete for prestige, financial support and attractive opportunities to work with respected companies. The judges for the competition will be experts from the academic, business and sports world.

    There will be two different categories, one for early stage start-ups who will pitch their innovative ideas as discovery projects and another one for more mature start-ups who will present their ready-to-use products.

    “The start-up battle at the first edition of THE SPOT got a lot of adrenaline pumping and was a big hit. This year, we are keen to give even more young entrepreneurs from our region and abroad the chance to present their innovative ideas and solutions,” said Anna Hellman, Director of ThinkSport.

    THE SPOT will also feature a conference program around four topics featuring athletes, industry, society and entertainment.

    Tickets at an early bird rate are still available here.

    Deadline for Early Bird Rates for Soccerex Europe

    Friday, March 8 is the final day to take advantage of the Early Bird rate to attend the inaugural Soccerex Europe.

    The special rate is 60 percent off the final rate for Soccerex Europe, which takes place in Oeiras, Portugal on Sept. 5-6.

    The event will unite key rights holders and businesses from across Europe and the rest of the world and will provide European football with an important in-market gathering ahead of UEFA’s 2020 European Championships.

    Soccerex will also be returning to China and the USA in 2019, a year after inaugural events in both countries

    Soccerex China 2019 will take place on May 23-24 in the city of Haikou in China’s Hainan Province while Soccerex USA will return to Miami, Florida for a second straight November.

    “2019 looks set to be a spectacular year for Soccerex – we are thrilled to be building on the success of our events in China and the US by continuing to provide the industry with vital business platforms in these two vibrant markets and I am really excited to be bringing Soccerex to a new country with Soccerex Europe in Portugal, home of the European Champions!," Soccerex Co-Founder Rita Revie said in a statement.

    Book your place for Soccerex China before March 23 and save more than 40 percent from the final rate. Click here to sign up.

    SportsPro Live Transformed for 2019

    Organizers for this year's SportsPro Live say the event is undergoing its biggest transformation to date.

    Former IOC member and Olympic champion Angela Ruggiero is a guest speaker (ATR)
    More than 700 delegates are expected for the sixth edition, which will be held at The O2 in London on April 30 and May 1.

    There will be 75 speakers across 50 sessions and tech demos. Former IOC member Angela Ruggiero, who is the CEO and co-founder of Sports Innovation Lab, will be speaking on tracking trends in sports investment.  

    The event will feature what organizers say is "a future-focused sports agenda looking at the meeting point between tech, business and fandom".

    Alongside the main agenda, five new specific forums have been added, including finance, artificial intelligence, esports, digital transformation and broadcasting.

    Host City Asia Announces More Speakers

    Beijing Bird's Nest Stadium (Host City Asia)
    Host City Asia announces the latest confirmed speakers for its second edition at Beijing’s Four Seasons Hotel on April 11.

    Paris Deputy Mayor Jean-Francois Martins, who is in charge of Tourism, Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Yasunobu Nishimura, Deputy Director General of Bureau of Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 Preparation, have joined a list of speakers who will be representing future Olympic host cities. 

    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. 

    SportAccord Releases MediaAccord Program

    SportAccord on Thursday confirmed its MediaAccord conference program for the next edition in Gold Coast, Australia.

    The program, entitled “Media’s Ever Important Role and Contribution to Sport and Society” will take place on May 9. The focus will be on women in sport. Discussions and presentations will include the challenges to normalizing participation in sports and sports media for women.

    Jennah Wootten, General Manager Partnerships and Communications for Sport New Zealand, will present a case study of initiatives in her country and how they are changing the status quo.

    “Sport New Zealand is leading our sector’s response to a new central government strategy designed to empower women and girls to reach their potential through sport and active recreation,” she says.

    “Like many other countries we have concerning underrepresentation of women and girls being physically active, occupying leadership roles and lagging behind men in terms of value and visibility.

    “This new strategy has energized the sector and builds on recent successes such as securing the hosting rights for International Working Group on Women in Sport Conference 2022. It is an exciting time to be a female working in sport within New Zealand.”

    The conference program will also include a debate on Major Event Bidding and Media and a discussion on how cities can get the public onboard. The program wraps up with the Case Study: Brand Architecture and Social Media Monetisation for federations and athletes presented by Ben Parsons, Founder, Ministry of Sport & Playa Power.

    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 MediaAccord, the four other conference streams include: The Summit, CityAccord, LawAccord, and HealthAccord.

    Other Conferences:

    March 27-28: SportsPro OTT Summit Asia in Singapore

    April 11: HIVE Esports Business Conference in Berlin

    May 29-30: Intersport Brand Engagement & Content Summit in Chicago

    June 24-26: Los Angeles Sports Summit

    Aug. 29-31: Sport India 2019 in New Delhi

    Sept. 4-7: VISTA 2019 in Amsterdam

    Sept. 10-12: Esports Business Summit in Las Vegas

    Nov. 18-20: Sports Business Japan/Stadia & Arena 2019 in Saitama, Japan

    Nov. 25-27: Host City 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland

    Dec. 10-12: Regional SportAccord Pan America in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Written by Gerard Farek

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