MBA MIT Sloan First Year Recap – 2010 Sports Analytics Conference

One of my favorite things that I did the past school year was being an organizer for the 2010 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

This was our 4th year of the conference, and we started organizing it the second we walked onto campus in September. My task was to organize two panels, which eventually combined with the other panels, and run logistics/operations for the conference. I say it went pretty well, thanks to @danschanoff for the complement:

In terms of marketing, we did an excellent job with no budget, at one point being the top trending topic in Boston on Twitter. My classmate Justin Jensen, MBA ’11, wrote how we got there here. And further, we got plenty of media attention this year. Some of my favorite links were:

Our panelist list was ridiculous. They were amazing and made the conference special. They came from all over the sports world – players, media, coaches, researchers…amazing. A few of my favorite panelists:

  • Michael Lewis – Author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, and others.
  • Mark Cuban - entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks
  • NBA GMs (at the time) – Kevin Pritchard (Portland Trail Blazers), Steve Kerr (Phoenix Suns)
  • Bill Simmons – ESPN’s Sports Guy
  • Bill Polian – President Indianapolis Colts
  • Matt Silverman – President Tampa Bay Rays

And of course, many props to our co-chairs (Daryl Morey and Jessica Gelman) and our organizing team.

The 2011 conference will be even better!

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