Post-Sporting: Biogame Feedback

Dr. Paula Gardner and her research team from McMaster University will bring a multi-player interactive body-based digital game to Emerge for visitors to play. The “Body Editing” Platform includes a Kinect gesture and motion tracking system, an EEG (“Muse” Brain wave) monitor and a EKG (heart rhythm) sensor, using Gardner’s specially-designed software interface. These measures are fed back to visitors as audio and visual feedback in response to gesture, movement and biodata.

Future of Big Analytics

The future of big data becomes big analytics as we look at music used during major sporting events and how that will play a psychological role on players and fans alike. Dr. Lauren Hayes and Barry Bozeman create a multisensory experience using vibration and music to explore the links between sound and sensation, noting fans of the future will engage with sports more then just visually. Dr. Hayes’ Skin Music series playfully explores how music can touch us both physically and emotionally.

Youth Imagining the Future of Sports

How do today’s youth imagine the future of youth sport? How will boys and girls play together in the sport future? Dr. Eric Legg of ASU’s School of Community Resources & Development studies youth sports and how youth sport program can be constructed to maximize youth development. This visitation seeks to understand gender ideas in sport by allowing youth the opportunity to imagine the future of youth sport. Youth participants will be drawing and talking about their vision of the future in this fun, creative, and engaging visitation.

Roller Derby

In the early days of roller derby (1920s) it was simply a marathon race to see who could skate the farthest in a set amount of time while wearing costumes. Then the competition grew more intense and violent in the 1960s. Roller derby has grown into a scripted contest much like professional wrestling, broadcast on TV. As we look to the future we offer attendees an opportunity to question what is Roller Derby 2040?

Fantasy Sport: Draft Party 2040

Join a Fantasy Sport Draft Party in 2040, designed by Dr. Wendy Hultsman’s Special Events students, to learn about the future of fantasy sports as Dr. Ingram-Waters’ ASU Barrett Honors College research group leads visitors through draft selection on the players of the future. Visitors will play with each other and think about the ways that fantasy sports relate to personal ethics and the way that future innovations might shape our choices. What values do our choices suggest about what makes a game fair? What counts as winning?

Future of Games: Rube Goldberg

In 2040, are we the fans or the cogs? Lock student athletes, student engineers, and student creatives into a room in the ASU STEAM Lab, and futuristic collaboration ensues. The result—a life-sized chain reaction Rube Goldberg machine. Become a maze runner and find if you’re playing the game or if the game is playing you inside this chain reaction escape room experience.

The Future of Fun 2040

CRADL is excited to facilitate the Future of Play where kids of all ages design the sport or playground activity of their dreams. For many kids, sports and play go hand in hand.  Organized soccer, capture the flag, even freeze tag, kids find competitive activities to be the most fun.  What if they could create their own sport or playground activity?  Given a blank canvas and unlimited creativity, what would they come up with?  Who knows, maybe the next Frisbee or Foursquare is in the mind of a child right now.
About CRADL: CRADL ( combines a deep understanding of child life research, digital and physical product development, business development and finance into a research lab and startup studio that drives exploration and innovation in technologies, media and products for children, parents and educators.

The Future of Cheating

Cancer cheats, say cutting-edge biologists. But for athletes, cheating isn’t a metaphor. It’s a reality they face in opponents every day, and biologists are learning from their very sophisticated strategies to deal with it.
Cancer researchers from ASU’s Biodesign Institute and student athletes join forces to imagine a new way to combat cancer—beat it at its own cheating game. Competition, cooperation, and the element of surprise in sport can make all the difference. Which side will you join?

Let’s Hear It For the Future Cheer Engine

Submit your entry! What kinds of cheers would artificial beings create? Will they cheer for events long past? Will they sound anything like traditional sports cheers for football or basketball? Will human fans cheer for their favorite machine athletes, or remain stubbornly loyal to athletes of their own species? Will they cheer for mechanical or digital athletes instead – or, in the case of video games and eSport, for the programs running the simulation, trying to foil the human players?
Submit your entry to Can an AI Cheerleader Pass the Turing Test? Selected cheers will be performed in person by CAIL (our Cheering Artificial Intelligence Leader) at Emerge. All cheers will be considered for publication with Four Chambers Press.
Submit your cheer here.

Climate Change Sports

How do you run out of water? According to The Applied History Institute, really slowly, and then all at once. Former Princeton football player, artist, and environmental activist, Adam Flynn, and collaborators Bryce Hidysmith and Andrew Hudson will teach us to play “Cistern,” the sport that is popular in 2040 following climate change. Artifacts from the future history of climate change sports will be curated in a sports museum display and visitors will have the opportunity to watch and play the Sci-fi Sport of Tomorrow’s Climate Migration.

Jamaican Athletes in Outer Space

Storyteller Claire Nelson shares a holographic tale of Jamaican athletes in outer space. The Space Goodwill Games as they are popularly called was established to help dampen conflicts brewing between the Space-Faring nations and the Non-Space Faring Nations with respect to space tourism, space settlements and space sustainability, and promote multi-national and trans-national understanding on the extra-planetary scale.  In the upcoming III Space Goodwill Games 2040 of the XXXV Olympiad  – all eyes are on the team from Jamaica – the once and always audacious island nation.  Team Jamaica – the world renown sprint factory, has qualified for the Steeple-Chase CrossTour, making it the ONLY non-space faring nation to have a team in the Space Goodwill Games.  Team ‘Jamaica to the World’ blasts off to a new chapter in history, ‘Jamaica to the Universe’  … Yeah Moon!

Arizona Storytellers: Future of Athletes

What does the future hold for some of our favorite athletes of 2016? In a storytelling event like no other, enjoy sports stories from the past, present…and future. A collaboration between the Arizona Storytellers Project, our surprise storytellers, and bestselling author, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, contributor to This American Life, and the editor/publisher of Found Magazine Davy Rothbart.