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Disrupting the Playing Field: Where Sports, Innovation & Technology Collide; Science Center’s Smart Talk Session Features Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Sports Industry Professionals

PHILADELPHIA--(December 8, 2015) – From wearable devices that can improve performance to fan engagement platforms, the business of innovation is taking over sports. On Thursday, December 15th a panel of entrepreneurs, innovators and a Philadelphia Eagles front office executive will explore how technology is disrupting the playing field at a Smart Talk session. Smart Talk will run from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Quorum at the University City Science Center, 3711 Market Street, Suite 800, Philadelphia.

Panelists include:

  • Antoine Galand, Technology Lead, GraphWear Technologies
  • Howie Roseman, Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Brian Selander, Executive Vice President, Whistle Sports
  • Dave Voyles, Tech Evangelist, Microsoft
  • Wayne Kimmel of SeventySix Capital will moderate

A 2014 Forbes article predicted that sports could be the next industry to produce massive valuations for tech startups. In a 2015 GeekWire article, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella proclaimed that “there isn’t another industry that is being so fundamentally transformed with data and digital technology like sports.” Brands from Nike, Under Armour and Gatorade to professional NFL, NBA and MBL teams are investing in innovation that will improve performance, analytics and bottom lines. As diverse as these innovations and ideas are, technology is at the core of it all with seemingly no limit to its impact on the industry.

Smart Talk is a quarterly Science Center program that gives startup and growing companies a look at best practices and business strategies from industry leaders in the region.

Smart Talk: Disrupting the Playing Field

8:30 a.m. – Registration, networking & continental breakfast

9:00 a.m. – Presentation followed by Q&A

10:30 a.m. – Adjourn

EDS NOTE: Registration for this event is closed. Members of the media interested in attending should contact Kristen Fitch at

About the Science Center

Located in the heart of uCity Square, the University City Science Center is a dynamic hub for innovation, and entrepreneurship and technology development in the Greater Philadelphia region. Founded in 1963 as the nation’s first urban research park, it provides business incubation, programming, lab and office facilities, and support services for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and growing and established companies. Graduate firms and current residents of the Science Center’s business incubator support one out of every 100 jobs in Greater Philadelphia and drive $12.9 billion in economic activity in the region annually. For more information about the Science Center, go to

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