Keynote Speakers and MC


Nicolas James

Chair, International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport 

Professor James is a world leading researcher in the areas of Neural Networks, Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining Techniques for sports performance. He will share his extensive knowledge gained in his roles as a Professor, and leader of a world leading post graduate sports analytics course, and as a data analysis consultant to many professional sporting bodies (including UK Sport, English Institute of Sport, Swansea Football, Saracens Rugby, Welsh Rugby, and Welsh Football). 

Professor James is currently Chair of the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport and has delivered more than 30 international keynote speeches about data analytics in sport. He has published around 70 peer reviewed articles on Analytics in Sport and is also a world renowned expert in the area of data visualisation and the application of novel statistical methods applied to sporting data. This aside, Professor James is also an international level squash coach and national standard participant across a range of sports such as football and golf.

Pattern recognition in sport: Why, how and does it do any good?


Indira Negi

Director, Business Development, Olympic Program Office, Intel

Indira Negi is the Director of Business Development in Intel's Olympic Program Office, where her focus is on building partnerships with other Technology Sponsors of the Olympic Games across the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, 5G wireless, Processors, Sport Performance Platforms and Drones.

She joined Intel in 2010 and worked on sensors for wearables. She was the primary inventor of the Lionheart invention (SMS Audio Biosport) at Intel, a set of earbuds that measure the heart rate from the ear while listening to music. Lionheart was the first wearable device shipped by Intel, and received Wired Magazine best of Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014, and two CES 2015 awards. 

Indira then managed the sensors group for 3 years designing and validating sensors for multiple smartwatches in 2017 like the Tag Heuer Connected smartwatch and New Balance RunIQ which won World-Editor's Pick at CES 2017, as well as CES 2017 Wearable Tech Award. She regularly consults for Intel Capital as a subject matter expert on sensors and sports, performing due-diligence on companies being evaluated for Intel investments or acquisition deals in the consumer electronics, health or sports performance space. 

Indira completed her Masters in Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University, with a graduate thesis on Biosensors. She is a co-inventor on nine filed patent applications in the field of consumer electronics and sensors. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her husband and their three huskies.


Simon Van Velthooven

Emirates, TeamNZ

Simon is an Olympic, Commonwealth Games and world championship medallist in cycling and most recently was drawn into the sailing world as an Emirates Team New Zealand member. 

As the team shifted from grinding to peddling for the 2017 campaign Simon played an integral role in the process of designing the optimal solution for this area of innovation on the boat. 

Van Velthooven, a track specialist nicknamed Rhino for his incredible power, was involved in early testing of the pedal-based grinding systems and helped train the sailors on cycling to maximise their leg and body strength. 

As a keynote speaker at the forum Simon will share fascinating insights into the innovation and determination that went into the winning the America's Cup.

From grinding to peddling: the innovation that saw Emirates Team New Zealand win the 2017 America's Cup

Case Study: How NZ sports are using technology to drive innovation. 

The use of technology in sport is having a big impact on the success of New Zealand's elite athletes.
In this case study Kim Simperingham from HPSNZ and Jamie Tout from VX Sport will illuminate on the growing area of sport performance innovations. They'll discuss how partnerships between sport codes and innovative technology businesses is paying off with improved performance. Between them they share detailed knowledge of working with elite NZ sports including the All Blacks, Yachting NZ and the Black Ferns. 


Jamie Tout

VX Sport

Jamie is the co-developer and a director of VX Sport and the founder of XLR8 Sports Training. For 20 years he has worked in the sports industry from grassroots to professional sport as a strength and conditioning coach (S&C)… among other things and across no less than 6 national level sports. Most recently, Jamie is the lead S&C for the NZ Rugby Referees and the Black Ferns, where a passion for coaching and 'practical' technology can meet. A mantra of doing 'less things more' resonates as a key learning for Jamie with the flood of newly available technologies and innovation over the last 6-7 years.

VX Sport now spans 26 countries and more than 150 teams, allowing Jamie to have a broad understanding of how technology is being used in many different environments from secondary schools curriculum, US Colleges, high performance sport and broadcast of LIVE updates on athlete performance during events for Quiksilver and Red Bull, as well as being the technology being the Ch9 Bupa Tracker (Cricket) and Telstra Tracker (Surf Life Saving). 

With both Women's Rugby and Sports Technology both experiencing a huge surge in growth, it's proving to be exciting time for Jamie where he seeks the balance of 'sports speak' and 'tech talk'. 

Kim Simperingham

Strength and Conditioning Manager - National Training Centre (Auckland), HPSNZ

Kim has nearly 20 years of experience as a strength and conditioning (S&C) coach with high performance athletes and is currently S&C Manager at the High Performance Sport NZ National Training Centre (Auckland), Lead of S&C for the NZ Olympic Yachting team, support S&C coach for Dame Valerie Adams and sport scientist/assistant S&C coach for the All Blacks. Kim is approaching the completion of his PhD at AUT's Sports Performance Research Institute NZ (SPRINZ), where his research focuses on enhancing sprint performance in team sport athletes, the effect of wearable resistance on sports training and the use of radar technology for profiling sprint performance. 

Kim has previously worked as Head of S&C for the Auckland Rugby team, the NZ Blacks Ferns rugby team and the Kintetsu rugby team in Japan. In 2016/17 he was an external S&C consultant with Team New Zealand leading into the 2017 America's Cup.


Case Study: How NZ sports are using technology to drive innovation.



Peter McGlashan

Auckland University of Technology

Peter McGlashan has spent the last twenty years advancing ideas and meeting interesting people. Always seeing things from an unorthodox angle, his career path has included being a professional cricketer, a product designer, a shoe salesman, a campaigner against domestic violence, a radio commentator and television presenter. Each role has required a focus on innovation, always with the end user in mind. 

As an athlete, Peter's constant desire to improve pushed him to stand out from the pack and the experience now shapes his everyday decisions. A former BlackCaps wicketkeeper, Peter holds a world record for most catches in a match which he won whilst wearing a prototype glove he developed himself... which he's still not sure was actually legal.

He's a regular panellist on Radio Sport and commentates the Cricket for them throughout the summer from Eden Park, and is currently External Relations Manager for AUT University at their South Campus in Manukau.

Peter attended last year's Sport Performance Innovation Forum as an attendee and is honoured to be asked to MC in 2018.





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