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For the last 6 years I’ve gone to the ANT+ Symposium held in the mountains outside of Calgary. This annual event caps off the busy sports tech conference season (following Interbike & Eurobike). Unlike those other two events though, this isn’t a trade show. Rather, it’s a conference for companies that are largely in the sports technology realm to discuss products and standards. And, it’s hardly limited to ANT+ these days. Just as much conversation is focused on the end-state product as the protocols used.
While there are numerous technology and protocol sessions that happen, there are equally as many business/commercial focused sessions. But more important than all of those is the discussions that happen outside the conference floor rooms. They’re the discussions occurring on nearby trails running, riding, or hiking. It’s these discussions that truly influence product direction, whether it be two companies discussing a partnership – or myself trying to convince a given company to implement your ideas.
In fact, that’s really the secret agenda of the ANT+ Symposium for me. It’s effectively my hunting grounds to be able to convince companies to change products or platforms based on what I hear in thousands of comments each week from you. I’m able to set that stage in a fairly public way through my annual keynote address.
This year that keynote session went back to being more of my standard ‘State of the Sports Tech World’ presentation, where I discuss different trends in the sports tech industry. What was good, what was bad, what needs to happen next. But since I’d been doing this 6 years, I thought it’d also be fun to go and review slides from 2010/2012/2014 and see what previously bad things have been corrected.
So if all that interests you (or, if you just have 53 minutes to burn) – go forth and enjoy!
Additionally, if you’d like to download this year’s keynote presentation (PDF), you can do so below (it’s sorta big). Further, I’ve also linked to the 2010-2016 presentation files and to the 2011-2016 video clips.
I did a second shorter presentation on understanding social media in the sports tech landscape. This is kinda a twist on last years presentation, but with more of a focus on how smaller companies can better navigate the sports tech social media and press landscape.
But like last year, I enjoy giving specific launch examples where companies have done things well (or poorly). So it’s always a bit of inside baseball in this session:
Then finally we’ve got a panel discussion that I sat in on. You know what I love about panel discussions? I don’t have to prepare for panel discussions. I just show up and chat about the topics thrown out. Sorta like a podcast, but with video and a bunch of other people.
Those people being: Doug Barton (IBM), Doug Daniels (Google), Rick Gibbs (North Pole Engineering), and Me. It’s moderated by David Oro (IoT Central).
You probably stumbled upon here looking for a review of a sports gadget. If you’re trying to decide which unit to buy – check out my in-depth reviews section. Some reviews are over 60 pages long when printed out, with hundreds of photos! I aim to leave no stone unturned.
I travel a fair bit, both for work and for fun. Here’s a bunch of random trip reports and daily trip-logs that I’ve put together and posted. I’ve sorted it all by world geography, in an attempt to make it easy to figure out where I’ve been.
The most common question I receive outside of the “what’s the best GPS watch for me” variant, are photography-esq based. So in efforts to combat the amount of emails I need to sort through on a daily basis, I’ve complied this “My Photography Gear” post for your curious minds! It’s a nice break from the day to day sports-tech talk, and I hope you get something out of it!
Many readers stumble into my website in search of information on the latest and greatest sports tech products. But at the end of the day, you might just be wondering “What does Ray use when not testing new products?”. So here is the most up to date list of products I like and fit the bill for me and my training needs best! DC Rainmaker 2019 swim, bike, run, and general gear list. But wait, are you a female and feel like these things might not apply to you? If that’s the case (but certainly not saying my choices aren’t good for women), and you just want to see a different gear junkies “picks”, check out The Girl’s 2018 Gear Guide too.