The NFL, Comcast NBCUniversal and Mayo Clinic have announced the finalists and judges for 1st and Future, the NFL's annual Super Bowl start-up competition designed to spur advancements in athlete safety and performance.
The live event will take place on Feb. 3, 2018, the day before Super Bowl LII. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Chairman of NBC Broadcasting & Sports Mark Lazarus, Mayo Clinic President and CEO John H. Noseworthy, M.D. and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will participate in a panel discussion about the role of innovation in sports. The panel will be moderated by Scott Hanson of NFL Network and host of NFL RedZone, who will also emcee the pitch competition.
Watch the NBC Sports live stream of 1st and Future on Feb. 3.
Entrepreneurs and innovators will compete in three categories:
One winner from each category will be selected by a panel of judges comprised of former NFL players, entrepreneurs and medical experts. The winning team from each category will receive a $50,000 check from the NFL and two tickets to Super Bowl LII.
The following companies have been named as finalists:
Exero Labs — Chagrin Falls, OH
Exero Labs has developed a patent-pending concept for a leaf spring device that attaches to the front of football helmets and deforms on impact to help absorb and diffuse impact forces.
Impressio, Inc. — Denver, CO
Impressio utilizes liquid-crystal elastomers (LCEs) to create novel dissipative liner materials for protective equipment designed to overcome the existing challenges of energy absorption in current helmet foams.
VyaTek Sports, Inc. — Cave Creek, AZ
VyaTek is developing a new system called ZORBZ™—a series of replaceable, highly-efficient, energy-absorbing modules fitted to the exterior of a helmet.
Cartilage Repair Systems LLC — New York, NY
CartiONE aims to advance the treatment of cartilage injuries using a patented process to create new cartilage from a patient's own cartilage and bone marrow cells in a single surgery with the goal to shorten recovery times.
EyeGuide, Inc. — Philadelphia, PA & Lubbock, TX
EyeGuide Focus—a proprietary hardware & software eye-tracking platform—is designed to allow professionals to easily administer a simple, 10-second test to check for potential neurological impairment.
RecoverX — Mountain View, CA
Element is a connected device that can achieve the optimum cold or hot therapy temperatures without any ice or water, designed to allow users more freedom for their therapy.
Aladdin Dreamer, Inc. — Paradise Valley, AZ
Aladdin's patented wearable is designed to improve athlete recovery and performance through biometric tracking and sleep enhancement.
Curv.ai — Toronto, Ontario
Curv is an athlete development platform that leverages patent-pending computer vision and augmented reality to transform the camera on any mobile device into a versatile tool that captures human motion, measures athletic abilities and evaluates injury risk.
Xensr, Inc. — Green Bay, WI
Xensr's Konect Sports technology is an end-to-end 3D-motion tracking, training and quantification system designed to provide real-time athlete performance data and train athletes to have faster reflexive responses.
The companies will face off in front of a panel of judges and an exclusive audience, including NFL team owners and executives, and representatives from the Minneapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, Comcast NBCUniversal and Mayo Clinic.
The panel of judges will feature:
Minneapolis-based SportsEngine Inc., a division of Comcast NBCUniversal's NBC Sports Group and the leading youth sports technology provider, will serve as a home base for the competing companies during the week prior to the 1st and Future competition. Together, NBC Sports Ventures, Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs for entrepreneurs and SportsEngine will administer the 1st and Future competition.
Visit 1st and Future for more information.