After a year-plus of refining, enhancing, and meticulous planning, it’s unbelievably exciting to say that Hashtag Sports 2017 in New York City is only one month away.
Feedback on our inaugural conference, from the sports industry and beyond, was overwhelmingly positive. Ultimately, we were successful in our goal of uniting a rapidly growing community of stakeholders that are fueling the growth of the new sports economy and innovation ecosystem.
Despite the challenges of any first-time event, we hosted 1,000 attendees and successfully exhibited and championed sports innovation in a fresh way, laying the groundwork for an even bigger 2017.
Serving and celebrating the sports innovation ecosystem lies at the heart of the Hashtag Sports mission. With that in mind, we weighed your feedback heavily and made the following changes:
Our speaker lineup consists of true thought leaders in media, sponsorship, advertising, and tech who understand and shape the experiences of today’s Connected Fan. Over 90% of our 150+ speakers are VP level or higher, making them decision makers and visionaries with years of knowledge and expertise. We also challenged ourselves to put diversity on full display and landed a magnificent melting pot of executives, athletes, and innovators representing disparate genders, backgrounds, and viewpoints.
Our 2017 speakers include:
Our unprecedented agenda, set for June 26–28, consists of actionable and insightful conference programming, inspirational thought leadership, and impactful networking events all taking place in the center of the sports and media capital of the world. No other industry event can claim the breadth and scope of thought leadership and networking surrounding the future of sports, making our event the most efficient week in your sports business calendar year.
Our comprehensive track format allows for deep dives on a multitude of compelling topics of which other events are only able to scratch the surface. Thought leadership is delivered through a highly curated mix of power panels, executive keynotes, interactive workshops, original announcements, and entertaining showcases.
Our 2017 track themes will include:
The Main Stage hub of our event is the visually stunning TimesCenter, while the world-class Microsoft Technology Center across the street will also house a variety of engaging seminars and workshops.
Hashtag Sports 2017 kicks off at TimesCenter on Monday, June 26th at 9AM with an opening fireside keynote featuring David Stern and Dan Porter, followed by digital and media-driven programming on two stages and exhibitor kiosks all within the same venue.
On Tuesday, June 27th the event will expand to two venues as our third stage at Microsoft Technology Center will focus on data, analytics, and technology with core programming at TimesCenter. The final day of the event will take place exclusively at Microsoft Technology Center and feature programming focused on startups, investment, and fan-facing technologies.
While thought leadership and elite programming is the foundation for Hashtag Sports, we understand networking and business development opportunities is where the magic happens. In addition to networking between day sessions, we will host a VIP breakfast in the morning on Tuesday, June 27th while each evening will feature opportunities for networking in a relaxed atmosphere at our special events in Times Square.
The schedule is as follows:
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