The fifth annual NFL 1st and Future competition, in collaboration with the University of Miami, will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center on January 31, 2020, two days before Super Bowl LIV.

1st and Future is the NFL’s annual Super Bowl competition designed to spur innovation in player health, safety and performance. This year’s event will feature two categories of competition:

NFL 1st and Future Analytics Competition: Applicants will have access to NFL data sets to examine the effects that playing on synthetic turf versus natural turf can have on player movements and the factors that may contribute to lower extremity injuries. This challenge will utilize the data science platform Kaggle. Up to three of the best submissions will be awarded $25,000 each. The winning teams will be invited to present their submission in Miami, where they will compete to win two Super Bowl tickets.

Innovations to Advance Athlete Health and Safety Competition: Submissions for innovations that could improve player health and safety, including but not limited to: protective equipment, medical devices, sensors and training devices. Up to four start-ups will be selected as finalists and will have the chance to present their innovations on stage in Miami. One grand prize winner will be awarded $50,000 and two tickets to Super Bowl LIV. The second-place winner will receive $25,000 and two tickets to Super Bowl LIV.

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