Thank you so much to the 3,800 who attended physically, and the 105,000 virtually! If you have feedback or want information about “Emerge 2017: Frankenstein,” contact the Emerge 2017 team. Meanwhile, ‘til next year, some highlights and memories.

Emerge 2016:

The future of sport 2040

A festival of athletic, artistic and scientific  visitations from the future featuring theatre, improvisation, interactive experiences, design prototypes, & multimedia performances!

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Will big data predict the future? If Moneyball was revolutionary for finding overlooked value in past performance, will coming algorithms reliably anticipate the future?

The future of human enhancement. Featuring today’s astonishing Paralympians whose slogans include “Sport doesn’t care who you are,” and “Disabled or super-human?”

New sport 2040. If the big three sports of the 1920s were baseball, horse-racing and boxing, will 2040 include quidditch on hoverboards? Smart balls? Low G sport on Mars?

The rise of intentional danger in sport 2040. If we conquer concussions and other perils, will some actively seek out more threat in their sport action? “Hunger Games” for real?

Sport and fashion 2040. Color changing? Light canceling? Dynamic camouflage? Shape shifting? Interactive? Invisibility? Not just for players, but especially the fans?

The future of fun 2040. Winning is not everything. Good times matter. A lot. What will future playgrounds for kids and alleged adults and even senior citizens look like?

The future of stadiums. Humans will always love to come together to share intense emotion. What does Las Vegas tell us about the future of our arenas?

The future of simulation and virtuality. Fantasy football and esport are only the beginning. Will sport have as many meanings as Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game”?