I spent my first two years out of college as a data scientist/software engineer. I worked with large cartesian datasets generated by computer vision powered cameras in various professional basketball stadiums, most notably Oracle Arena. The technology that drove this came out of Israel, originally meant for tracking hostile missiles and building border defense systems. An innovative company repurposed it a few years back for commercial uses, and it’s now predominantly used to track NBA players at 25 frames per second.
The timing was perfect though. It was 2012 and the Warriors were finally about to make the playoffs under Mark Jackson, which meant that this was the best job a college grad could ever have. I took full advantage. I wrote code, watched basketball, and probably went to over 30 regular season and playoff games that year. The most compelling part of it all though, were the computer vision cameras that outputted this incredible dataset. A day or so after every game, we got a dataset with the (x, y) coordinates for each player, and the (x, y, z) of the ball — across the entire game! The opportunities were truly endless and we were building models that told us which players and teams did what, where, how and when.
Unfortunately responsibilities and a lack of money brought me back to reality, and I moved on to work at Mixpanel in a Solutions Architect role. I got a fancy title, but much more importantly, the opportunity to work with hundreds of startups building amazing products. It was a very different gig. Still quite a bit of programming, but a much more customer facing role and I loved every minute of it. I was there for a little over two years and it was truly an amazing ride, but I’ve always been passionate about writing code and building systems. I’m now moving forward to devote all of my resources to my new gig, FieldVision.
At FieldVision, we’re focused on a core problem in the media & broadcasting space. Most of the focus in the sports media/broadcast market is centered around the professional and D1 level. This means, most sports content at the youth, high school, and D2/D3 college tiers isn’t surfaced, because of the cost-prohibitive nature of filming and live-streaming those games.
Our mission is to ensure that parents and fans have access to every game, and to give coaches real-time access to film and highlights for half-time and post-game analysis. Our technology is powered by computer vision, and we’re building a cost-effective, unmanned camera that automatically follows the action in any sports game. We’ll have live streams on the FieldVision platform for fans and parents to watch, and we’ll also provide that video content to coaches in real-time for instant highlights and analysis.
It’s the most impactful thing I’ve ever built, and I’m back doing what I love with two close friends.
Check us out here or on Twitter at FieldVisionHQ.
Oh and … we’re hiring!