The finalists and judges for 1st and Future — the NFL's annual Super Bowl competition designed to spur novel advancements in athlete safety and performance — have been announced. Entrepreneurs and data scientists will pitch ideas to modernize the game and advance player safety. They will compete for up to $150,000 in awards.
The event will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center on Jan. 31, 2020, two days before Super Bowl LIV. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Michelle Lee, VP of the Amazon ML Solutions Lab, and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin will participate in a panel discussion on player health and safety innovation. The panel will be moderated by Dan Hellie of NFL Network, who will also emcee the competition.
NFL Network will livestream the full competition on Jan. 31 at 10:30 a.m., available at http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-1st-and-future.
Finalists will compete in two categories:
Three finalists from the NFL 1st and Future Analytics Competition will be awarded $25,000 and will compete to win Super Bowl LIV tickets. Four finalists from the Innovations to Advance Athlete Health and Safety Competition will compete for a grand prize of $50,000 and two tickets to Super Bowl LIV. The second-place winner will receive $25,000 and two tickets to Super Bowl LIV.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is an official sponsor of the competition, building on their partnership with the league. Together, the NFL and AWS are leveraging AWS's artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) services to generate new insights into player injuries, game rules, equipment, rehabilitation and recovery.
Each individual and company finalist has provided the following description of their analysis or technology that they will be presenting during 1st and Future:
Elijah Hall, Seattle, Washington
Elijah's analysis found synthetic fields combined with velocity in zigzag movement patterns introduce a significant increase of risk to lower limb non-contact injuries.
Ben Jenkins and Steve Jenkins, Denver, Colorado
Steve and Ben completed a novel analysis of NFL data to help uncover factors that contribute to lower limb injuries. This includes advanced machine learning techniques and new visualizations of characterizing player movement.
John Miller, Fort Worth, Texas
John created a model that shows the effects of player acceleration, turf type, and weather conditions on lower-body injuries.
Nextiles, Brooklyn, New York
Nextiles builds fabric-based sensors that when sewn into the interior padding of helmets can locate, triangulate and measure forces impacted on a player's head in order to quantify the factors that contribute to concussions and traumatic brain injuries.
Physmodo, Dallas, Texas
Using its proprietary human tracking skeleton developed specifically for biomechanics, Physmodo assesses movement patterns through an objective, automated screen in under 30 seconds.
Plantiga, Vancouver, British Columbia
Plantiga combines sensor insoles and artificial intelligence that analyze how people move to improve health, injury rehabilitation and performance.
Protect3d, Durham, North Carolina
Protect3d leverages 3D-scanning and printing technologies to give medical professionals the ability to create anatomically-precise protective devices, each optimized for an individual athlete's comfort, mobility and protection.
The panel of judges will feature:
For more information on 1st and Future, visit http://www.nfl.com/1standfuture.