Second Saturday Conversation: ShotTracker – Automatic, Real-Time Basketball Stats and Analytics
October 13, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
About Second Saturdays
Second Saturday Conversations feature interesting sci-tech and engineering speakers and topics in an informal setting. The programs are held in the Auditorium or Main Reading Room from 11:00 a.m. to Noon.
The exhibition galleries and the William N. Deramus III Cosmology Theater are open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Free admission and parking. Reference, research, and circulation services are not available on Second Saturdays.
ShotTracker is an Overland Park-based tech venture with a mission to improve the performance of competitive athletes who participate in team sports at all levels by bringing elite-level analytics to the masses. With funding from high-profile investors that include Magic Johnson and fomer NBA Commisioner David Stern, ShotTracker has been piloted and used by the NCAA and was used in the NAIA Men’s Basketball Championships for the last two years. The easy-to-use ShotTracker system includes electronic sensors installed in a facility’s rafters that can map a basketball court in 3D. During a game or practice, ShotTracker gathers data by following real-time movements of both the ball and players fitted with lightweight sensors. “ShotTracker is destined to revolutionize our game,” David Stern has noted.
Bruce Ianni is CEO and co-founder of Shottracker. He is the former founder and CEO of Innovadex, a search and information exchange platform for supplier chemicals, ingredients, and raw materials that has been described as “Google for chemists.” The company went global under his leadership and was acquired by Underwriters Laboratory in 2012. Prior to founding and leading Innovadex, he spent eight years with Noveon Specialty Chemicals (formerly the BFGoodrich Coatings Division), and held positions including applications chemist and sales representative. Bruce’s studies focused on organic chemistry at De Paul University and at the Illinois Institute of Technology and he holds a B.S. in Business Administration from John Carroll University.
Davyeon Ross is COO and co-founder of Shottracker. He played basketball at Benedictine College and founded Digital Sports Ventures, an interactive technology company, which was sold to Digital Broadcasting Group in 2011. He completed his MBA at MidAmerica Nazarene University. Davyeon began his career as a software engineer at Sprint and joined a startup consulting firm in 2004, eVergance Partners, where he was the lead application/technical consultant for companies around the world. In 2008, Ross was honored by Ingram’s Magazine in Kansas City in its “20 in their Twenties” and was honored again in their “40 under 40” feature in 2015. He graduated from Benedictine College with a BS in computer science and minors in business and mathematics.
The lecture is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required.
Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter. Doors open at 10 a.m.
Questions? Contact Eric Ward at 816.926.8753 for more information about these events.