Diamond Kinetics selected as Showcase Company at MIT Sports Analytics Conference

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Diamond Kinetics is pleased to announce that we are 1 of 9 startups selected nationally to participate in the prestigious Startup Competition and Trade Show at the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference being held in Boston, MA on February 28-March 1 and presented by ESPN.

As part of the competition Diamond Kinetics will have “4 Good Minutes” to explain their business and how they are revolutionizing the sports industry. The company with the best pitch as determined by a panel of judges will receive a cash prize and bragging rights as the “most promising” startup at the conference.

The conference is one of the largest sports technology and analytics events in the world.  In 2013, 2700 people attended the conference, and the 2014 event is already sold out with a waiting list.  Headlining speakers this year include Malcolm Gladwell (best selling author), Adam Silver (newly appointed Commissioner of the NBA), Kevin Plank (founder and CEO of Under Armour) and many others across sports and industry.

We’re excited to have a chance to compete against such a strong group of startups in the sports analytics and technology space.  This is a great opportunity to show how Diamond Kinetics is leading a fundamental change in the way baseball players improve their performance by using motion analysis sensors.  We’re bringing academically validated science together with a player- and coach-centric platform for a dynamic user experience.

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Diamond Kinetics at the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings

Each year, early in December, the professional baseball world convenes for its off season meetings.  As the official ‘hot stove’ event of the professional baseball year, the Winter Meetings become a melting pot of team executives, players, agents, media and beyond.  In more recent years (the winter meetings unofficially date back as far as 1876), the addition of a business trade show and career fair have added to the melting pot environment.

This week, I had an opportunity to represent Diamond Kinetics at the Winter Meetings as we continue to drive towards our goal of engineering better players through motion technology.  Our swing analysis and motion technology is applicable at every level of the game, and we had numerous opportunities this week to demonstrate and discuss how it can be used by professional organizations.

2013 MLB Winter Meetings
2013 MLB Winter Meetings

Beyond being a great opportunity to show and discuss our technology at the highest level of the game, as a fan of baseball, spending a couple of days at the Winter Meetings was a tremendous experience.   There is a general buzz around the entire event, certainly fueled by the near round the clock live coverage from the lobby of the hotel by the MLB Network and ESPN.  It’s rare in this day in age to see the convergence of live media, high profile players/coaches, businesses trying to make a living selling to MLB organizations, and hundreds of student job seekers in the same place at the same time.  It’s even more rare, however, for that to happen in the lobby of a hotel, around the clock, and accessible to any who wander in.   It was clear there were a number of pleasantly surprised baseball fans who were hotel guests for a trip to Disney and quickly found out they also got to be in the center of the baseball world as part of their vacation.

We are a company passionate about data, science, and the ability to unlock powerful information enabling the improvement of every player in baseball and softball.  That being said, we are also unbelievably passionate about the games themselves, and opportunities to be part of events, like the Winter Meetings, bring these passions together perfectly.  Hats off to Major League Baseball and the Winter Meetings organizers for a unique event that keeps the spotlight on the game even as the snow comes down in many places.

Diamond Kinetics Featured in Sports Illustrated

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Diamond Kinetics featured in Sports Illustrated

In case you missed it, last week Diamond Kinetics was featured in Sports Illustrated as part of a series on sports innovation sponsored by Hyundai.  While this is certainly exciting exposure for our company and technology, the general awareness about how sports innovation and technologies are shaking things up is great to see!  We are on the verge of massive technological innovation in sports, in our opinion, and are excited to not only be a part of it but to watch all the exciting other developments.

We’ve had a number of inquiries from the article about when SwingTracker will be available and offers from many to be part of the testing and development process.  We want feedback and opinions on what players and coaches think they can do with a motion sensor designed just for our sports, so please do not hesitate to reach out or leave us comments.  These are applications that are built by players and coaches, for players and coaches, so all input is welcome.

Off & Running (or should we say Swinging?)…

It is with great excitement this week that we are able to launch this website and better communicate what we are all about as a company and where we are going.  We believe we are at the unique intersection of engineering, mobile technology and the sports of baseball and softball…and are really excited about the possibilities that lie ahead!

Over the course of the next several months, we’ll be working hard to move our unique SwingTracker and BatFitter sensor and app technologies towards being ‘player ready’.  As we do this, we’ll be keeping those interested up to date in a variety of ways including right here on our blog.  Beyond just here on our site, come check us out in the social media world too:

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We’ll also regularly keep our email subscribers up to date on product development, sneak peeks, and opportunities to be a test partner of Diamond Kinetics so please leave your email address at the bottom of any of these pages to be part of the group.

We are passionate about baseball and softball (eat, breathe, sleep) as former players, coaches and always as fans.  We are also passionate about science and engineering.  We think you’ll see these passions come out in everything we do as a company and look forward to you being a part of it with us as we bring develop and launch tools specifically designed for baseball and softball players.