2023 WISD / Event Planning and Interest Survey
** 2nd Annual Women in Sports Data Symposium + Hackathon **
Presented by the Philadelphia Phillies
Saturday, September 16
Citizen's Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA

// Target audience for survey

Individuals of all genders who are currently or have previously been employed in sports, students and non-industry professionals interested in sports analytics and data.

// Purpose

This survey is to help the organizers of WISD to get a better idea of what would be most compelling and impactful for symposium attendees and data competition participants. In answering these questions, it may be helpful to think about “When I was starting out in sports, what would have been helpful for me?” or “When I attend a sports analytics conference, what do I wish existed?”

// Background

The Women in Sports Data (WISD) initiative aims to amplify women’s voices in sports analytics across the technical spectrum and to foster community through a one-day symposium and data competition. 

As the tech and sports industries grow in importance and influence, women remain heavily underrepresented—to the detriment of all. Analytics is about uncovering an edge, and we believe that giving women a platform is integral to competitive innovation. We envision a networking event for women already in the industry, a mentorship and development incubator for talented young women, and an opportunity for professional teams and analytics companies to discover the next big thing in sports.

Last year's inaugural event featured over a dozen women in technical roles in professional sports, 200+ on-site symposium attendees, 150+ virtual attendees, and a 6-week hackathon sprint with 200+ virtual participants that awarded $10,000 in cash prizes and finalist travel. We had sponsorship from some of the biggest brands in sports and tech, including Sportradar, ESPN Analytics, Microsoft, the NFL, Sports Reference, Stats Perform, Zelus Analytics, Carnegie Mellon University, and Women in Sports Tech. Since the symposium, several women have obtained front office, league office, and sports tech roles as a direct result of our mission. This year, we're looking forward to running up the score in Philadelphia.

Thank you for your time! We really appreciate your support and help in making this event as awesome as possible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at info@womeninsportsdata.org.  
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