Friday, February 27, 2015

We are Wearables at 1871 - Sports

March 2015: Wearables and Sports 

  • Monday, March 16, 2015

    6:30 PM to 
  • 1871

    222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212, Chicago, IL (map)
  • Equipped with sensors and access to our bodies 24/7, wearable technology is positioned to change the landscape of fitness and sports. Professional sports teams are employing wearables to measure and monitor athletes to improve performance and mitigate the risk of injury. Data from these devices is also fast becoming a competitive advantage for teams. 
    This month we will be featuring Catapult Sports, the global leader in athlete analytics, with FOX Sports Anchor Lou Canellis in a panel discussion on the impact of wearables on sports from player performance to the fan experience. We will also feature some great tech in the exhibitor area + beer & pizza! 
    Spread the word! #WWCHI 
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    6-6:30: Registration & Demo Area Opens
    6:30-6:35: Opening Remarks & Welcome
    6:35-6:50: Presentation by Catapult by Brian Kopp, President for North America 
    6:50-7:20: Panel: "The impact of wearable tech on sports & fitness" moderated by FOX Sports Anchor Lou Canellis
    • Brian Copp, President for North America at Catapult  
    • Additional panelists to be announced soon
    7:30-9:30: Demo Area Open + Bar & Food 
    • More Exhibitors to be announced soon 
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    A big thanks to our sponsor Uproar PR for making this event possible. And to our community partner 1871 for hosting us again this month.
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    About the Tech
    Catapult empowers elite coaches globally with scientifically-validated metrics for the advancement of athlete performance. Catapult engineers wearable technology that provides objective information behind athlete risk, readiness and return to play. The company was born out of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and a scientific research organization and provides an all-encompassing solution with research-based insights in to athlete management.
    TRAC  is a company focusing on simplifying the track and field experience via an integrated RFID timing platform. 
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    About the Speakers
    Brian Kopp is Catapult’s President for North America. Brian is a well-known sports executive with significant industry experience working with teams on emerging technologies. He was named a 2013 Idea Innovator by Sports Business Journal. Prior to joining Catapult, Brian served as Senior Vice President of Sports Solutions for Stats LLC. Brian was responsible for new business development including the revolutionary SportVU player tracking technology which is installed in all 29 NBA venues. Brian previously served as Senior Director of Strategic Planning for Career Education, one of the world’s largest for-profit education companies. He was also Manager of Corporate Development for NAVTEQ Corporation. Brian received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his BA in Economics from Wabash College. 
    About Our Sponsors
    1871 is an entrepreneurial hub for digital startups. Located in The Merchandise Mart, the 75,000-square-foot facility provides Chicago startups with programming, access to mentors, educational resources, potential investors and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs that help them on their path to building successful businesses. Recently ranked 9th in the world in the 2014 UBI Index list of top university-associated business incubators, 1871 has become a global leader in the entrepreneurial community. 1871 is the flagship project of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center. For more information, visit
    Uproar PR is an innovative consumer technology public relations and social media agency. Along with their other technology practices, the firm has successfully built brand recognition for its wearable tech clients.  Within the Toronto and Waterloo communities, Uproar works with Thalmic Labs, Bionym Kiwi Wearables and PUSH.  With Uproar's media relations experience, those companies have been featured in media outlets including The Today Show, Business Insider, New York Times and CNBC, just to name a few. The firm specializes in developing campaigns that drive awareness and sales, creating industry buzz.  For more information, 
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    We Are Wearables Chicago runs bi-monthly events in the city. Mark your calendars for our next event which will be on May 13, 2015 at 1871.

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