The first Sport Technology Symposium, hosted by FC Barcelona on Thursday 19 November 2015, was a huge success, where total of 320 professionals from all around the world were able to enjoy talks by representatives of the business and digital departments

of different clubs and North American sports franchises.

The forum featured speakers and representatives of the NBA’s Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic; the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys; European football’s, Paris Saint-Germain, AS Roma and Liverpool, as well as representatives of the Spanish La Liga and the German Bundesliga.

Topics

The event, aimed at professionals from the sector, reasserted the impact of technology on the world of sport. The day’s activities were divided into two distinct parts: the first focused on applied technology in sporting performance and the second on applied in Mobile, Smarts Stadiums and Data in Sports. It specifically focused on three of the most essential trends for understanding the present and future of the sports business: Big Data, Smart Stadiums and Mobile First.

These were the issues that the speakers dealt with along with the general public, who were able to join in the conversation via social networks using the #FCBSportstech hashtag

The idea being to offer a global forum to debate technology and data analysis topics in relation to sport and business performance.

This forum for debate and business shall be held every November on the FC Barcelona premises, and aims to become a benchmark for assessing the changes in the business paradigm that have been brought about by the use of technology in professional sport. 

Speakers

Digital Experiences IN THE SPORTS INDUSTRY
  CHUCK LUKASZEWSKI
ARUBA
Architect in the CTO Office
  IGNASI ARMENGOL
BARCELONA OLYMPIC RING B:SM
Director General B:SM
  WILLIAM RAMOS
BOSTON CELTICS
Digital Development Manager
  JOHN WINBORN
DALLAS COW BOYS
Chief Information Officer
  ALFONSO MUR
DELOITTE
Managing Partner of IT Risk Area
  RAY PIMIENTA
MIAMI DOLPHINS
Manager, CRM Systems Development
  HEINZ NUSSBAUM
LIGA PROFESSIONAL DE FUTBOL
Manager SEFP
  ENRIC JOVÉ
MCCANN WORLD GROUP
CEO Mccann World Group Barcelona
CIO Mccann World Group Spain
  ISABEL FERNÁNDEZ
ORACLE
Senior Manager Digital - Oracle EMEA
  JEFF LUTES
ORLANDO MAGIC
VP of Technology
  BORIS SERAPIAN
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Chief Information Officer
  MOON JAVAID
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Senior Manager, Business Operations
  LUIS CARDO
TELEFÓNICA
Country Manager at Telefónica Dynamic Insights
  MICHAEL DIXON
IBM
General Manager of IBM’s Global Smarter Cities Business
Performance & Data Analytics
  LUKE BORNN
HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics
  LASZLO GYARMATI, PHD
QATAR COMPUTING RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Senior Software Engineer
  PAPPALARDO, CINTIA, GIANNOTTI and PEDRESCHI
UNIVERSITY OF PISA
Researchers
  PAUL POWER
PROZONE SPORTS LTD
Lead data scientist
  HENDRIK WEBER, PHD
BUNDESLIGA
Head of Sports Technology and Innovation
  MARTIN BUCHHEIT
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Head of Performance
  IAN GRAHAM
LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB
Director of Research
  DARCY NORMAN
AS ROMA
Director of Performance