FAQ | Hashtag Sports 2018

FAQ

General

What is Hashtag Sports?

Hashtag Sports® is a thought leadership platform and annual sports innovation conference in New York City fueling the new sports economy. We reach a global community of over 50,000 industry leaders, influencers, athletes, and creators in 145 countries.

When and where is Hashtag Sports 2018?

Hashtag Sports is an annual summer event held at the crossroads of the sports world – Times Square, NYC. The dates for our next event are June 25-27, 2018.

Hashtag Sports will host a diverse group of 2,000+ attendees in Times Square, NYC across two main venues—the visually stunning TimesCenter where core conference programming and exhibitions will take place and the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC), directly across the street, which will house a variety of engaging sessions and workshops on Day 3.

What types of content will be covered at Hashtag Sports 2018?

The theme for our 2018 event is “The New Sports Economy.” Our programming will explore how properties, publishers, creators, and various companies across the industry are fueling a reallocation of resources to produce a more diverse and dynamic sports nation.

Who attends Hashtag Sports 2018?

In addition to the 400+ teams, leagues and properties who have engaged with our event, Hashtag Sports attracts many of the world's leading brands, sponsorship firms, advertising and creative agencies, technology companies, startups and investors.

Can I find out who else is attending?

Yep! We’re all about community. Check out our attending companies page for a look at companies you’ll run into at the event.

Is the 2018 agenda available?

Yes. Our 2018 Agenda is now available for viewing with daily updates on new speakers and sessions. You can also view our track descriptions for another look at our programming by track.

What is the official hashtag for the event?

Go viral or follow along using our official event hashtag: #HS18. You can also mention us @HashtagSports to join the conversation, share insights, or ask questions. Use #HS18 on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and anywhere else people are hashtagging.

How do I check in for the event?

Registration will open at 8 AM at the entrance of the venue and close at 4 PM each day. In order to be admitted, please bring proof of identification and your ticket confirmation number (which you received via email after purchasing).

Can I still purchase a pass at the event?

Yes! It is never too late to join the fun at Hashtag Sports. Visit our Registration page for more on pricing.

What is the food availability at Hashtag Sports 2018?

For caffeine lovers, coffee will be available onsite each morning. While we will not be serving lunch, we’ve partnered with some of your favorite local restaurants for attendee discounts. All you have to do is flash your badge. Learn more here.

Does my conference pass get me into evening networking events?

Definitely. However, space is limited so we ask that you RSVP here in order to help us get a head count.

What do people wear to Hashtag Sports?

Some folks call it business casual, we call it startup chique. Wear whatever looks good and makes you comfortable.

Attend

I really want to attend Hashtag Sports but I’m not sure how to get approval from my company. Any ideas?

We’ve got your back. Download our Convince Your Boss guide for help on how to pitch the powers that be.

I don’t know who in my company is attending yet, but I want to take advantage of discounts or early bird rates. Can I buy now and change the names on the passes later?

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. Learn more here.

I need a visa to attend, can you help me?

While we will not engage directly with your relevant embassy, we will happily send you an invitation letter once you purchase a ticket to Hashtag Sports 2018. To receive your letter, please first complete this Visa Request Form and provide all required personal information. Once completed, and if approved, we will issue a visa support letter within 7-14 days. If you require further assistance, email us at hello@hashtagsports.com with your booking reference. Please note that your embassy will require notice before issuing your visa.

How do I transfer my registration to someone else?

Shoot a note our way to events@hashtagsports.com 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 complete by June 15, 2018.

How can I receive discounts on passes for Hashtag Sports 2018?

Anyone can give and earn discounts by using our social referral program known as Ticket Boost. For information on specific ticket promotions , subscribe to our event updates.

How does the social referral program work?

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 15% off the purchase price.

Does Hashtag Sports have partnerships with any local hotels?

We do not currently have a room block reserved; however, we’ve partnered with Hotel Engine to make your trip to Hashtag Sports 2018 as easy and affordable as possible. Book here for up to 60% off of public rates.

Does my conference pass get me into evening networking events?

Of course! All attendees will have access to our Opening Night Party and evening networking events. In addition, there will be special events for VIP pass holders.

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.

Do you have a special ticket rate for students?

Hashtag Sports is an event intended only 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 hours they are not on shift.

How do I apply to volunteer at Hashtag Sports 2018?

Please visit the volunteer page for more details or click here to apply. You must be over the age of 18. No prior experience is required.

I need a visa to volunteer, can you help me?

While we will not engage directly with your relevant embassy, we will happily send you an invitation letter once you purchase a ticket to Hashtag Sports 2018. To receive your letter, please first complete this Visa Request Form and provide all required personal information. Once completed, and if approved, we will issue a visa support letter within 7-14 days. If you require further assistance, email us at hello@hashtagsports.com with your booking reference. Please note that your embassy will require notice before issuing your visa.

How do I apply for a media pass to Hashtag Sports 2018?

Hashtag Sports extends credentials to members of the media who are looking to tell the stories of our entrepreneurs, influencers, athletes, and innovators. You can apply for a credentialed pass here.

Partner

What type of partnerships does Hashtag Sports offer?

Whether a global brand or emerging startup, our team will put together a custom proposal with owned assets that leverages our unparalleled platform and achieves your unique goals. You can find more details on the partnerships page.

How do I learn more about sponsoring Hashtag Sports 2018?

We offer a variety of turnkey sponsorship opportunities including, but not limited to: activations, branding, startup showcase program, VR/AR showcase, on-site Wifi, charging stations, refreshments, networking lounge, live stream / VOD, and VIP Green Room branding. Download our prospectus or find more details on the partnerships page.

Can I exhibit my company or product at Hashtag Sports 2018?

You can find more details on the partnerships page.

Have more questions?

Give us a shout at events@hashtagsports.com.

Speak

What makes for a good speaker/panel proposal?

The best proposals are those with enough thought, specificity, and detail that they could be ready to roll 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:

  • Seniority - Plan to bring your A-game. The majority of speakers/panelists will be CEOs/Founders or VPs of their respective organizations.
  • Originality - Dare to be different. Consider making a major announcement, launching a new product, or revealing exclusive insights instead of reusing or recycling content from other events.
  • Talent - Athletes, influencers, and personalities are catalysts of much innovation across sports and deserve a spot at the table with the industry’s best and brightest minds.
  • Diversity - We’re a platform for discussing cutting-edge topics that haven’t been discussed before. Help us bring fresh voices to the industry by including panelists of disparate professional backgrounds, genders, ethnicities, and viewpoints.

What types of speaking roles/formats are accepted by Hashtag Sports?

Power panels make up the majority of our programming, but we welcome a variety of speaking formats including workshops, fireside interviews, and presentations.

Who can offer speaker or panel submissions to Hashtag Sports?

Anyone can step up to the plate and take a swing at submitting a speaker or panel proposal. However, our platform is intended as a platform for thought leaders to use to discuss industry trends and topics. Please refrain from material that could be considered a sales pitch.

Do I need to have all of the other speakers confirmed when I enter a panel idea?

We highly recommend that you have confirmed availability and interest with all proposed speaking candidates prior to submitting your idea to Hashtag Sports.

What if I want to propose a speaker for my session that I’m not currently in contact with?

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.