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Wednesday 26 June

The birth of NZ's sport tech industry

Join us on Wednesday 26 June at the University of Waikato for a historic event: the launch of LEAP, the initiative empowering innovation in Sports Technology!

A once in a lifetime opportunity

This isn't just a conference, it's the birth of a new industry in New Zealand. LEAP is here to ignite a revolution at the intersection of our national strengths: sports and technology. 

Date: Wednesday 26 June
Location: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato
Price: $199 + GST
Tickets are limited


Wednesday 26 June : Agenda

[9.00am – 1pm]

We are thrilled to welcome keynote speakers John Persico and Sam Lake

In this session we will focus on 150+ sports innovation concepts at the intersection of data, digital and technology in Sports, Entertainment, Stadiums, Digital Health, Fan Engagement, Esports, Sports Manufacturing and Connected Fitness and Youth Sports. Learn the latest trends, best practices, implementation challenges of global sports tech landscape.

[1pm – 2pm] Lunch

[2pm – 4pm] 

Shape the future with our afternoon Think Tank Workshop

The afternoon session will be a leadership workshop focused on “NEXT STEPS” - exploring how the Waikato region and New Zealand can collectively develop a world-class future sports technologies industry towards the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

How do we create jobs and build high-growth industries?

How can Government and industry work to digitise the New Zealand sports ecosystem? 

How do we build the next generation of Sports, Entertainment, Health and Gaming companies, entrepreneurs and global pioneers? 

What are learnings from other countries that can fast-track Waikato and New Zealand winning success in sports tech?

Who should be there?

Visionary entrepreneurs with cutting edge ideas

Savvy investors seeking ground breaking ventures

Sports organisations ready to embrace innovation

John Persico

John is one of the world's leading sports technology advisors, who will share his expertise on navigating the future of sports through innovation. Don't miss this opportunity to hear insights from a global leader who has advised governments, cities, and major corporations across 30+ countries!

Sam Lake

A digital transformation powerhouse, Sam is a leader in driving organisational digitisation. His impressive track record includes leading and delivering projects across product development, service implementation, and consulting. Sam's focus is on crafting exceptional digital experiences for customers in sports, media, telecom, and utilities.



Why attend?

  • Witness history: Be part of the launch of a brand-new industry in New Zealand.

  • Learn from the best: Gain insights from world-renowned keynote speakers John Persico and Waikato University alumnus Sam Lake.

  • Network with industry leaders: Connect with entrepreneurs, investors, and key stakeholders shaping the future of sports tech.

  • Shape the future: Participate in our dynamic Think Tank Workshop and actively contribute to building a thriving NZ sports tech ecosystem.

  • Unlock new opportunities: Discover how this booming industry can benefit your business and open doors to global markets.

Ready to be part of something revolutionary?

Take the leap and join us at our upcoming Seminar on Wednesday 26 June!