Hashtag Sports® is the world’s leading conference, awards, and community for mid- to senior-level sports media & marketing professionals and content creators engaging today’s fan. We reach a global community of over 60,000 industry leaders, influencers, athletes, and engagement experts in 145 countries.
Hashtag Sports is an annual summer conference held at the crossroads of the sports world— New York City. The dates for our next event will be announced soon.
Every year, Hashtag Sports explores trends and topics to help marketers and business professionals better engage today’s fan. The definition of engagement is changing all the time—it’s no longer limited to likes and retweets. Engagement is about building stronger relationships with consumers.
Hashtag Sports is where you can find the tools and insights to do just that. View our 2019 tracks (programming themes) here and stay tuned for 2020 tracks to be unveiled this fall.
Hashtag Sports is an event designed for senior to mid-level sports media and marketing professionals from a variety of organizations.
In addition to the 400+ teams, leagues and properties who are part of our community, Hashtag Sports attracts decision makers from many of the world's leading brands, sponsorship firms, advertising and creative agencies, technology companies, digital publishers, social platforms, and broadcast networks.
Our full roster of attendees is only available to sponsors and partners. You can view a sample of organizations who attended last year by clicking here. Additionally, registered attendees have the ability to directly message other delegates through our mobile app.
No problem! For access to the best rates on tickets and hotels, it’s important to book early. However, we understand that it’s often difficult to plan attendance this far in advance.
To help make it easier, we allow organizations to purchase tickets under one buyer’s name and allocate the passes internally at a later date.
Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and ticket confirmation number as well as the name and email address of the individual to whom you wish to transfer your pass. All transfers must be completed by May 19, 2020.
We work hard to ensure passes to our events are affordable and accessible to all types of companies throughout the industry. While we won’t be offering as many special discounts as in year’s past due to our current pricing structure, anyone can give and earn discounts by using our social referral program. See below for more information.
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After purchasing a pass, attendees are provided with a custom referral URL to share with their social networks. Send the link to your friends or colleagues via email, LinkedIn, Slack, Facebook, Twitter and other platforms.
For every pass purchased using the link, both the referrer (retroactively) and the person referred (at the time of purchase) will receive 10% off the purchase price.
Of course! All passes, excluding the Awards Pass, provide access to all official networking events for general attendees. However, space is limited so we ask that you RSVP in order to help us get a head count. RSVPs for evening networking events will open two weeks prior to the event.
Go viral or follow along using our official event hashtag: #HS20. You can also mention us @HashtagSports to join the conversation, share insights, or ask questions. Use #HS20 on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and anywhere else people are hashtagging.
Some folks call it business casual, we call it creative chic. Wear whatever looks good and makes you comfortable.
Hashtag Sports is an event designed for industry professionals. Unfortunately, that means we do not grant admission to students. As an alternative, we encourage students to volunteer. All volunteers are granted free access to the conference during the hours they are not on shift.
Hashtag Sports extends credentials to members of the media who are looking to tell the stories of our event’s executives, athletes, influencers, and innovators. You can apply for a credentialed pass here.
The official Call for Speakers opens in October and will close February 28. You may submit or suggest speakers at any time; however, our agenda will be largely filled by early February. For agencies and technology solutions, we strongly recommend considering partnership opportunities.
Generally, no. Hashtag Sports will accept a few late entries if the topic has newly emerged in relevance after the above deadline. However, late submissions will largely impede your chances of selection as programming inventory inevitably diminishes.
Please only submit the speaking inquiry form one time—submitting the same topic multiple times will not increase your chances of selection. Due to the high volume of inquiries, we are not able to respond to each individual; however, our Content Committee will reach out directly if there is interest and a fit.
We try to notify as many individuals as possible of our decision by early April, but due to the high volume of inquiries, we are not always able to respond to everyone. Our Content Committee will reach out directly if there is interest and a fit.
Valid question. Hashtag Sports was created to champion innovation across the entire sports ecosystem. While the landscape is rapidly changing, the overarching themes defining fan engagement remain largely unaffected. Certain hot-button items will likely make for pertinent points of discussion within broader topics and tracks.
Nonetheless, we reserve an allotted portion of our programming inventory for late-breaking news and freshly emerged trends. But the quicker we can put together an exciting array of programming, the easier our community can make plans to join.
The best proposals are those with enough thought, specificity, and detail that they could be ready to showtime if the event was held tomorrow.
Please follow our speaker/panel criteria as closely as possible to ensure alignment with the Hashtag Sports platform and best position your proposal for selection:
The strength of a panel/topic title is measured in two units: clarity and cleverness.
Try to capture the value of the topic & material in a way that is clear, coherent, and specific in impact on the fan engagement ecosystem. While inspirational content is encouraged, please also ensure your material offers practical application. We also strive to deliver a fun attendee experience so topics/titles with an appropriate level of wit are welcome.
Power panels make up the majority of our programming (3-5 speakers including moderator), but we welcome a variety of speaking formats including case study presentations, workshops, and fireside chats with high-profile individuals.
Anyone can submit a speaker or panel proposal. However, our event is intended as a platform for thought leaders to explore and create the future of fan engagement. Please refrain altogether from material that could be considered a sales pitch. We strongly recommend that agencies and technology solution providers consider a partnership approach.
Please use our track descriptions here in order to guide your decision making process. Depending on inventory, we may choose to place your session in a track different than the one you applied for.
The basic schedule for Hashtag Sports 2020 will be released in early spring. Most tracks will take place on a single day of the event. Please check back soon for more information.
Please enter each unique proposal only one time. However, if you represent multiple speakers and/or have numerous ideas for panels covering different topics, you may submit more than once using the same contact information.
Once you have submitted your proposal, we ask that you do not make changes unless required by the circumstances. Once your speaker/panel has been officially selected, you will not be able to switch out speakers/panelists unless approved by Hashtag Sports and the substitution is of equal or greater seniority to the original proposal.
We highly recommend that you have checked on availability and interest with all proposed speaking candidates prior to submitting your idea to Hashtag Sports.
As the organizer of the panel, it will be your primary responsibility to communicate commitment requirements to the members of your panel so please plan accordingly and ensure you have a reliable means of staying in contact.
That being said, we believe in aiming high so if you have someone of high seniority in mind for a speaking role who might take a little longer to get confirmed, feel free to add them to your roster and make a note in the description section of the speaker application form.
SSometimes PR firms, executive assistants, or other company representatives submit an application on behalf of a prospective speaker. If this is the case for you, please enter your information (or the information of the individual who will be the speaker’s primary contact) in the contact form and fill out the separate fields for the speaker you are representing.
If you are submitting a proposal on your own behalf, you may leave your own information in the contact fields.
Yes, each individual who is selected for an official speaking role will be granted free admission to the conference. Due to high demand, we are no longer able to provide additional complimentary passes for employees of the speaker’s organization.
In order to accommodate as many speakers as possible, we ask that you do not request extra passes for friends, colleagues or others from your company. If you would like your team to join, we’re happy to work with you on specialized discounts.
We offer a variety of turn key sponsorship opportunities including, but not limited to: live activations and installations, thought leadership programming, branding, on-site wifi, charging stations, refreshments, networking lounge, live stream/VOD, and VIP Green Room access. Download our prospectus or find more details here.
Our event is primarily thought leadership driven. We do not have a large expo hall; however, we do have limited room for activations/installations.