The days of posting scores, standings and schedules on massive whiteboards have been replaced by instantaneous updates pushed to cell phones.
“The mobile app is just crucial to the experience,” said Carson Kipfer, U.S. Pond Hockey Championships Co-Commissioner and Sport Ngin Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist. “Back in the warehouse, we have these old artifacts - white boards and standings boards. To think about just the production that went into creating those for the event and the volunteers needed to work on those.”
Sport Ngin acquired the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships in the summer of 2010 and immediately harnessed its technology to help organize and run the event.
“Before the opportunity came up we had had many conversations about running a showcase event,” Kipfer said. “Obviousy hockey is a natural fit. But we weren’t even necessarily married to hockey at the time.
“When the opportunity came up for this tournament, it was like the stars aligned. It was a sport we new and loved, and something that would make use of all our products.”