Get ready for the latest in new tennis gadgets and services as the third Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge has been announced for April 9 during the 2018 Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference at Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, S.C.
The call for entries is out, and through Feb. 15 companies and individuals can complete a short Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge application describing their new, innovative product, software or service. There is no charge to apply.
On Monday, April 9, finalists from the online application process will have the opportunity to present their new product or service to a panel of judges — and in front of an audience of tennis industry leaders — in a “Shark Tank”-like competition. The Innovation Challenge will again be moderated by Carlos Salum, who is president of Salum International Resources and a member of the SportsCouncil Silicon Valley (SCSV), which is co-sponsoring the challenge.
Innovation Challenge finalists will receive media exposure through the TIA leading up to the TOM Conference. The winner will receive $1,000, a national press release to thousands of news outlets with a potential reach to millions of consumers, coverage in Tennis Industry magazine, a one-year TIA membership, and additional exposure through industry marketing and social media channels.
The first competition was held at the TOM Conference last March and was won by Tennibot (www.tennibot.com), a robotic tennis ball collector. The second challenge, held in August in New York City during the 2017 US Open, was won by In/Out (www.inout.tennis), a line-calling device that fits on any netpost.
To register for the Innovation Challenge visit www.TheTOMConference.com/innovation-challenge.