By Annie Hung, MBA '14
Greetings from the 7th Annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (w/ presenting sponsor ESPN)! It's near the end of day 2 of 2, and I've just blown away by the magnitude of this event--2700+ attendees, 90+ sports teams represented, 800+ students from 100+ academic institutions. The biggest names in the sports industry, including Mark Cuban, Michael Lewis, Bob Bowman, among reps from just about every major league have been walking the halls with the likes of superstar statistician Nate Silver and media personalities Andrea Kremer and Tony Reali. The energy emanating from this conference of "nerds and jocks" ("Dorkapalooza") has been unwaning despite this intense schedule of 40 panels + talks, as well as multiple competitions across 2 days.
This has been a labor of love from my classmates on the organizing committee over the last 12 months (especially from conference co-leads, class of '13 Sloanies Jordy Felice and Jonathan Katz), and the 51 classmates on that team. I've just been glad to be a volunteer on this -- I stepped onto the social media team in the last week and have been Facebooking/Tweeting/Instagramming/G+'ing like a madwoman! Collectively, we've trended nationwide on Twitter multiple times, after hitting 21,000 tweets+ with our hashtag (#SSAC13), with 10,700+ followers on @SloanSportsConf! Take that, Bieber fans (and the president)!
For all you new adMITs and other prospective students, I highly recommend getting involved with the EMS Club and events like these. They're the type of amazing events that are uniquely part of the Sloan MBA experience. (By the way, in case you wanted to watch some of these panels, I'm told we'll have videos online starting sometime next week.)
As my social media colleagues and I nurse our proverbial blisters from live reporting this whole shebang, it's been an awesome time just going to fascinating panels on the latest breakthroughs in sports and fan analytics in the last couple of days. Now...if only I could convince some of these mega data scientists to help me with my Customer Analytics homework...