The premise of the Sports Tech Collider is simple; the University of California, Berkeley has premier athletic programs and the best science, technology, engineering, and math programs in the world. This program brings these forces together to create technology-based innovations that lead to new ventures creating competitive advantages for athletes, teams and sports leagues
Mentors and Advisors
Advisors, mentors, and guest speakers will assist to ensure teams get perspectives and relevant insight from industry practitioners.
Challenge Lab: Sports Tech
Semesters offered: Fall 2018 (4 units)
The objective of this Challenge Lab is to have diverse teams build early stage ventures based on known challenges in various sports. Each team will take on one specific challenge during the Lab. Teams will spend twelve weeks going through ideation, user validation, testing, feedback, building, and presenting a final prototype to address their specific challenge. Challenges will address opportunities in six very broad, flexible, and interwoven categories; Physical Performance & Training, Health & Recovery, Fan & Venue Engagement, Scoring & Facility Technology, Data & Analytics, eSports, and Gaming.
The objective of this Collider Sprint was to have diverse teams build early prototypes (digital, physical, model, framework, algorithm, etc.) of technology solutions based on known challenges in various sports. Each team took on one specific challenge during the Sprint. Teams will spent eight weeks going through ideation, user validation, testing, feedback, building, and presenting a final prototype to address their specific challenge. Challenges fell into five very broad, flexible, and interwoven categories; Performance & Training, Health & Recovery, Fan Engagement, Scoring, Visual & Facility Technology, and Strategy, Data & Analytics.
Born out of SCET’s Sports Tech Collider Sprint, Marco Polo is a company focused on bringing artificial intelligence, or AI, to the sports world. Three UC Berkeley students came together to give sports teams an advantage when it comes to … Read More
The winning startup, Basys, has created special gloves that can track football players’ technique as they practice or play games. The wearable device then allows players to go back and track their athletic performance and pinpoint the specific technical improvements … Read More
How can technology make current athletic training practices more effective? What technologies can assist athletes in maintaining proper form in practice and games? How can technology keep coaches and athletes from drowning in uninsightful data? Most importantly, can emerging technologies … Read More
“This class speaks to the core of what we are here at Cal and what makes Berkeley unique. Our student-athletes have the chance to experience something you just don’t find anywhere else in terms of technology, entrepreneurship, and athletics at such a high level. It’s really remarkable,” says Head Football Coach Justin Wilcox.
“In this class, you really have to get outside of your comfort zone,” Rambo said. “ It’s a place for ideas to come together. It doesn’t really matter what your major is. It matters how much you’re willing to put into this process. All that matters is, are you willing to work with other people. Are you comfortable with other people?” Evan Rambo, legal studies major and a safety for the Cal football team
"Our student-athletes are working side by side as classroom peers and innovators in the SCET Sports Tech Collider. In addition to bringing an academic skill set to the table, they are providing end-user sport knowledge, which will be invaluable to creating cutting-edge sport tech right here at Cal. This kind of opportunity can offer significant benefits to Cal Athletics and sport in general, potentially making sport faster, stronger, more interactive for fans, and, most importantly, safer and smarter," says Ryan Cobb, Cal Athletics Sr. Associate Athletic Director
“That (having 60 applicants for a 20 spot class) really showed us that there was interest there and that is was something that everyone on campus could get behind,” Torres said. “It’s not just athletics. It’s not just academics. It’s really us working in sync.” - Stephen Torres, Sports Tech instructor