Athletics Department Spotlight: Cal Berkeley

From Cal Athletics:

The Sports Tech Collider Sprint course at Cal Berkeley brought together students from science, engineering, math and other similar majors with student-athletes of varying interests. Held at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) inside the northwest corner of California Memorial Stadium and part of the College of Engineering, SCET describes itself as promoting the study and practice of entrepreneurship and technology innovation.

Students were divided into teams of 3-5, each tasked with developing an idea that combined technology and innovation with a goal to create competitive advantages for athletes and sports teams.

Eight Cal student-athletes took part in the course – Carmen Annevelink (volleyball), Garrett Corcoran (men’s track & field), Danny Jordan (men’s rowing), Chase Forrest (football), Cassidy Keelen (women’s gymnastics), Archer Olson (women’s basketball), Evan Rambo (football), and Alonso Vera (football).

The course has various partnerships that extend beyond campus.

“Students gain invaluable interpersonal skills through these projects, that will be an asset in their career. Classes like this allow [students] the space to showcase their skill set in a cross-functional team, in a fast-paced environment, and under tight budget restraints; an environment they will likely encounter in the workforce especially if they work for a startup or create their own.”   – Kelly Becker, Partner Innovation Manager, Under Armour

“This class speaks to the core of what we are here at Cal and what makes Berkeley unique. Our student-athletes have the chance to experience something you just don’t find anywhere else in terms of technology, entrepreneurship, and athletics at such a high level. It’s really remarkable.”   – Justin Wilcox, Head Football Coach, University of California