Sport 2.0 - Leeds International Festival
#LEEDSINTFEST 2 - 12 MAY, 2019

10 May
10:00 - 16:00

Sport 2.0

How much does technology affect sport? Find out, as we take a close look at the many ways it’s now making the difference between winning and losing for the world’s best athletes.

Tech isn’t just changing the game for athletes and their coaches by providing state-of-the-art digital monitoring to improve abilities, but also through the development of new and improved sports materials and designs that give them that much-sought-after edge.

As well as revealing the many ways sport has embraced the digital age to enhance top athletic performance, we’ll also see how it has been used to create innovations in media coverage. Such innovations have redefined the role of spectators in ways we could never have dreamt of even just five years ago.

The conference will include a number of high-profile speakers from the world of sport, sharing their experiences in how technology is leading in the race to create winners. This includes none other than Amy Williams, MBE, former skeleton racer and Gold Medal Winner at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. As the first British individual gold medallist at a Winter Olympics for 30 years, and the only British medallist at Vancouver, she’ll be revealing how technology helped her win in a sport where every 1000th of a second counts.

We hope you will join us as we look at how technology is changing sport forever.

Event partners

Standard Ticket

Friday 10 May 10:00 - 16:00
L19 Cube @ The Village

Concession Ticket

Friday 10 May 10:00 - 16:00
L19 Cube @ The Village

Additional Information:

Ticket includes lunch and refreshments.

Event is 16+.


Amy won her Olympic Gold medal at The Vancouver Games in 2010. She quickly entered the history books by becoming the first British individual gold medallist at a winter Olympics for 30 years, the first British Female since 1958 and the only British medallist of the Games.

Since 2010 Amy has become a household name on the television. She presented the Gadget Show for 3 years, was a BBC presenter at the 2018 Winter Olympics, and more recently was co-presenter at the Classic TT Event.

Amy gained her rally license after being approached by Tony Jardine to be his co-driver, where they successfully trained and qualified to compete in the 2013 Rally GB.

I was first dubbed the Epic Runner back in 2012, when I ran 50 miles every day for 50 days. But the truth is that I’d been trying to outrun limitation and expectation, long before then. Leaving school with just a single GCSE, I’m now a full-time maths teacher. Ever since I changed the course of my own life, I’ve been driven to share the message – with my pupils and with anyone facing challenges, difficult times or their own self-doubt – that anything really is possible.

Barry made his name building visionary performance technology and leveraging the power of big data, analytics and the contextual understanding of sport performance at Prozone Sports Ltd. McNeill was Executive Director during the merging with Amisco Sports following his six-year tenure as Managing Director, as well as a combined six years as Business Development Director and Head of Consultancy for the sports technology giant.

During this time, Prozone was the game changer for sports analytics and the chosen tool for every English Premier League team during one of the most significant periods of commercial and brand growth for any global sport. While driving Prozone, McNeill also had secondary consultancy roles with FIFA, UEFA, the England National Team, Manchester United, Arsenal, Ajax and Real Madrid.

McNeill is also a Non-Executive Director at British Gymnastics and has spent time consulting for Aston Villa Football Club. McNeill has his Masters in Applied Psychology from the University of Liverpool.