Hashtag Sports Fest Expo and Conference in Brooklyn Gathers Leaders in Sports, Media, and Tech

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Over 30 Companies at Forefront of Sports Tech Innovation Assemble at Brooklyn EXPO Center for Inaugural Industry Exhibition

Hashtag Sports, organizers of the industry leading #SportsConf virtual conference series, announce the inaugural Hashtag Sports Fest expo and conference set to take place in Brooklyn, NY on October 20-22 and gather innovators at the convergence of sports, media, and technology.

This groundbreaking 3-day event will showcase how digital media and emerging technologies are shaping the future of sports covering a diverse range of topics including virtual reality, social platforms, daily fantasy sports, eSports, OTT, mobile ticketing, predictive analytics, and wearables. Over 80 thought leaders will present from Twitter, Facebook, FanDuel, ESPN, AMEX, AIG, FC Bayern Munich, NASCAR, NBA, Whistle Sports, The Players’ Tribune, Showtime Sports, and more.

Notable speakers include Danny Keens, Head of Sports Partnerships for Twitter; Elisa Padilla, SVP and CMO for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center; John West, CEO and co-founder for Whistle Sports; and Patrick Willis, former San Francisco 49ers All-Pro Linebacker.

More than 30 cutting-edge tech companies and startups including IBM, STRIVR Labs, Athos, Catapult, Krossover, Second Spectrum, Next Galaxy, Vulcun, Hudl, FloSports, Grabyo, Omnigon, and Telescope will be exhibiting across 30,000 square feet at the new Brooklyn EXPO Center in Greenpoint. The expo floor and Innovation Stage interviews will be accessible to sports industry professionals, startup founders, and investors with a free Expo-Only pass.

“Disruptive macro trends in technological innovation such as mobile, social, big data, and IoT are rapidly transforming how fans watch and experience sports,” says Steve Cobb, co-founder of Hashtag Sports. "Niche sports are reaching global audiences in real-time, young tech-savvy fans are consuming and producing social content at dizzying paces, and a new wave of digital-first media brands catering to this multi-platform, cord-cutting audience is emerging. All this has created substantial challenges, confusion, and opportunity."

“It is our goal to bring together the entire sports industry and create a much-needed platform for innovation, discovery, and education surrounding this new generation of connected fans and athletes,” adds Anthony Caponiti, Hashtag Sports co-founder. “We couldn’t think of a better place to host this event than the sports capital of the world.”

Conference programming spans two stages of keynotes, exhibitor demos, panels, workshops, and TED-style presentations designed to educate and inform today’s sports marketer. View the full agenda to learn more.

Day 1 will feature the inaugural "SportsFronts" presentations from six leading digital media brands that reach millennial sports fans. Chat Sports will bring its prestigious “Minds Behind the Game” series back to New York City with a Day 2 afternoon keynote panel on athlete investors. Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment will host a special invite-only closing breakfast, panel, and tour at Barclays Center on Day 3.

Lead partners and sponsors of Hashtag Sports Fest 2015 include: Barclays Center, IBM, Whistle Sports, and Telescope.

To register for the free expo or purchase conference passes, please visit http://hashtagsportsfest.com/register.

For questions or media inquiries, please contact press(at)hashtagsports(dot)com.

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About Hashtag Sports:

Hashtag Sports® produces events and content that drive innovation at the convergence of sports, media, and technology. Our #SportsDaily email newsletter and global conferences now reach a growing community of over 50,000 professionals including more than 300 teams and leagues.

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