Agenda set for GeekWire Sports Tech Summit: NFL COO, Bleacher Report CEO, Mariners GM and more

We’re only a week away from the GeekWire Sports Tech Summit, an immersive, informative, and action-packed conference taking place at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on June 21-22.

Limited tickets are still available for this unique event, so make sure to grab yours today before we sell out.

This is our second annual Sports Tech Summit — check out a recap of the inaugural event last year — and we’re excited to bring together the leading thinkers and innovators working at the intersection of sports and technology.

This year’s Sports Tech Summit, co-hosted by our partners at the Seattle Sounders and Eiger Marketing, features an excellent speaker lineup, interactive demos, and fun parties.

Among those on this year’s agenda are Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto; NFL COO Tod Leiweke; San Francisco 49ers President Al Guido; WNBA legend Sue Bird; Bleacher Report CEO Dave Finocchio; Key Arena renovation leader Tim Leiweke; and many others.


So, what’s in store for this event? We just released the full agenda, so you can get a better sense of the lineup and style of the GeekWire Sports Tech Summit. We hope you can join us on June 21-22 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

Wednesday, June 21

5 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Join us as we kick off the second annual GeekWire Sports Tech Summit with a Welcome Party at CenturyLink Field prior to the Sounders FC match against Orlando City, presented by League.

Thursday, June 22

7:30 a.m. — Registration & Networking, Northwest Loft in the West Club Lounge of CenturyLink Field, 800 Occidental Ave. South.

8:45 a.m. — Opening remarks

Bleacher Report CEO Dave Finocchio. Photo via Bleacher Report.

8:50 a.m. — Brandon Beck, co-founder of Riot Games: A glimpse at the future of eSports from the video game pioneer and co-creator of League of Legends, the online gaming franchise that attracts more than 100 million game players each month.

9:20 a.m. — Dave Finocchio, co-founder and CEO of Bleacher Report: How do younger sports fans consume content? Finocchio will offer insights on how Bleacher Report, a 10-year-old sports media site, is connecting with the next generation of sports fans.

9:50 a.m. — The Athlete’s Take with Sue Bird, Seattle Storm guard: Bird, the legendary NCAA champion, WNBA All Star and Olympic Gold Medalist, will talk about how technology is changing the game. Moderated by Q13 Fox Sports Director Aaron Levine.

10:15 a.m. — Networking Break

10:40 a.m. — Power Talk with Sohrob Farudi, founder and CEO of Project FANChise:  Farudi will offer an inside look at his company’s technology that lets fans control key team decisions off the field, and call plays in real time on the field. The co-owner of the Salt Late City Screaming Eagles and Colorado Crush will also discuss what’s next for the new Interactive Football League.

Sue Bird. Photo via Seattle Storm.

11 a.m. — Jerry Dipoto, GM of Seattle Mariners: The general manager of the Seattle Mariners and former relief pitcher will talk about the changing dynamics of baseball, and the technologies that impact his job. Moderated by Root Sports reporter Jen Mueller.

11:30 a.m. — Tod Leiweke, COO of the NFL: The former Seattle Seahawks CEO will sit down with ESPN reporter John Clayton to discuss how NFL teams, players, coaches, executives and front office personnel are using new technologies to engage with fans, improve player safety and build the NFL’s global brand.

12:00 p.m. — Lunch: Grab your lunch and check out the sponsored talk by CenturyLink on the main stage.

1:00 p.m. — The Future of Sports Data: Join Dave Tenney, director of performance and sports science at the Seattle Sounders FC, and Dr. Laila Mintas, deputy president at Sportradar U.S., for a lively discussion about how technology is shaping the way players, coaches, teams, leagues, and fans use and consume sports-related data — both today and in the future. Moderated by GeekWire sports tech reporter Taylor Soper.

Al Guido, president of the San Francisco 49ers. Photo via 49ers.

1:40 p.m. — Power Talk with Dr. Uma Jayaram, co-founder of Voke: Get the inside scoop on virtual reality in sports from Jayaram, who sold her sports VR company to Intel last fall and is now a managing director for Intel Sports Group.

2:00 p.m. — Erik Anderson, CEO of Topgolf: The co-chairman and CEO of Topgolf Entertainment Group will discuss what’s next for the popular driving-range-meets-bowling-alley entertainment company. Moderated by GeekWire sports tech reporter Taylor Soper.

2:25 p.m. — Break: Hang out with other Sports Tech Summit attendees, and check out sponsor booths and exhibitors. Snacks and beverages provided. Grab a chair massage from sponsor League, or test your running style with Brooks Running’s new Run Signature technology.

2:45 p.m. — Tucker Kain, CFO of L.A. Dodgers: Kain, who oversees the Dodgers’ startup accelerator, will discuss how technology is impacting baseball and how professional teams are investing in startups. Moderated by GeekWire sports tech reporter Taylor Soper

3:20 p.m. — Russ D’Souza, co-founder of SeatGeek: A look at the future of sports ticketing and the in-stadium fan experience with D’Souza, who helped launch SeatGeek eight years ago.

Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke. Photo via Oak View Group.

3:45 p.m. — Al Guido, president of the San Francisco 49ers: Guido, who was named president of the San Francisco 49ers last year, will discuss how the Bay Area NFL team is using technology and talk about the construction of Levi’s Stadium, one of the most high-tech sports facilities in the world that opened in 2016. Moderated by Gensler Principal Karen Thomas.

4:15 p.m. — Tim Leiweke, founder of Oak View Group: The longtime sports executive and CEO of Oak View Group, which just won the renovation bid for Seattle’s Key Arena, will discuss how stadiums are changing to create more immersive fan experiences.

4:45 p.m.— Closing remarks: A recap of the day’s highlights.

4:50 p.m. — Closing Party: Connect with new and old friends and discuss everything you learned at the Sports Tech Summit at this party hosted at CenturyLink Field. Snacks and beverages provided, great conversations guaranteed.

7:10 p.m. — Seattle Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers: Keep the conversations going over peanuts, popcorn and fried grasshoppers! The Mariners are battling the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night, and you can take in the action at Safeco Field. Note: Mariners’ tickets are not included as part of your Sports Tech Summit pass, but you can rally some of your friends and purchase tickets via the Mariners’ site here.