The histories of women in computing and women in sports often parallel each other as we vie for visibility and equity. The challenge is simple: Design and build technology sports solutions or products for female athletes, teams, and fans.
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Fans are at the center of a sports team’s success. Dedicated fans bring in revenue which can be used to improve player facilities, recruit better players, and fund fan-friendly additions…all of which attract more fans. Regardless of the
status of the team or players, improving fan experience is a priority, and technology is a great way to do so. This category consists of anything from digital marketing campaigns to improved mobile applications/websites from scoring
to easier ticket downloads. Simulations and immersive fan experiences using augmented/virtual reality are becoming more popular, and the search for an expedited sporting event entrance is forever ongoing using touch ID or computer
vision. Anything that affects a fan positively or brings in new fans fits into this category. Think outside the box as the average fan will interact with several different industries.
Data easily goes hand-in-hand with performance. Information collected via performance technologies, such as the ones mentioned in the above section, can then be analyzed and organized in a way to further help the athlete. Perhaps, an athlete
wants to track her collected muscles movements over time to see how her training is affecting her technique…is she improving or making matters worse? Should she step up her training or is she overexerting herself and increasing her
chance of injury? While there is an abundance of data tied in with performance technology, there are several other possibilities within this category. Sports venues need to track their ticket/merchandise sells versus expenses, team
managers and coaches need to keep statistics on their players during practices and games, and fans stay engaged with real-time play-by-play analysis and fantasy brackets.
Technology has become just as ingrained in sports as it has with every other part of our world. When it comes to sports performance, simulations track ball trajectory, wearable technology maps muscle movement, mobile apps tailor practice routines to specific players…the list goes on and on. There is so much room for further research and creativity within sports performance. However, how much of the athlete population will be able to use the latest technology to enhance their training? Technology has the power to give one athlete an edge over another simply due to a difference in provided resources. So perhaps an even bigger challenge within performance, is finding a way to close this gap in availability. Create technology that aids performance for all athletes.
For many sports fans, women’s sports have always taken a backseat to men’s sports. Though interest has improved greatly within the past few decades, it is still nowhere close to catching up to the popularity of male sporting events. The
initial problem to solve is continuing to interest more girls in sports at an early age. This includes increasing female access to sports by creating more opportunities for them to attend sporting events, meet female athletes, and
participate in camps or individual lessons. Another side to this issue is increasing awareness of the general public. Many sport enthusiasts are well-informed on the stats and backstory of the most popular male athletes but cannot
name the female sports teams present in their own city. Improved marketing to a younger age group could hopefully create interest in female sports at a younger age that could carry-on throughout their lives.
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