sloan sports analytics conference

Revenge of the Jocks: They Can Still Beat Us Up So Be Careful
Moderator: Will Leitch

Money, success, the respect of your peers — none of these will help when a professional athlete wants to fight you in the arena parking lot. This panel will discuss coping strategies such as avoiding eye contact and conducting interviews in pairs.

Panelists: Josh Smith, Kevin Garnett, Rasheed Wallace, Zach Randolph

#YES or #NO: The Ascendancy of the Twitter Poll as Cultural Barometer
Moderator: Darren Rovell

When Twitter launched in 2006, its creators could never have known the amazing ways the technology would be used: Organizing Occupy Wall Street protests, galvanizing the spirit of the Arab Spring, and most importantly, polling mass audiences of indiscriminate users on various sports topics.

The king of the online poll, Darren Rovell, shares the rules behind the secrets in front of the insights he gained from questions such as: “POLL: What song should the Northwestern band play at tonight’s halftime #AntsMarching #MovesLikeJagger #Soulman.”

Panelists: Darren Rovell, Richard Deitsch

To Retweet or to Favorite: Answering THE Social Media Question of Our Generation
Moderator: Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg

A million favorites is cool. But you know what’s cooler? A billion retweets. OR IS IT?

Panelists: Mark Cuban, Jack Dorsey, Joe Mande, Chelsea Peretti

Boner Down: Advances in Uniform Aerodynamics
Moderator: Tas Melas

As uniform technology trends toward tighter compression pants and shorts, male athletes are at high risk of awkward man-part mishaps. Can advances in fabric science lift and conceal these pesky pop-ups or are athletes destined to forever tuck under?

Panelists: Henrik Rummel

Numbers Analytics: How High Can a Human Count?
Moderator: The Count

What is the highest number? Some say 24, some say infinity, some say infinity +1. Will we ever know? Is there a compelling reason to find out? Where are my keys?

Panelists: Nate Silver, Malcolm Gladwell, Joshua Foer, Daniel Pink

Pi vs. Pie: A Special Luncheon Event (extra charge)

For every decimal place of Pi that autistic savant Daniel Tammet recites, competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi will consume a slice of Sara Lee Oven Fresh Cherry Pie®.

Participants: Daniel Tammet, Takeru Kobayashi, Maggie James, Don Povia

Others panels briefly considered:

Manalytics: Why are so many of us men? And why are we so awesome? High five!

Vanalytics: Would this be the best way to transport people to and from the conference?

Tanalytics: “Beyond the base tan.” Presented by Natural Sun salon.