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iGIANT Sports Summit

Interested in participating in a virtual Sports Summit, which will explore the impact of gender and sex on innovation and novel technologies for the sports sector? If so, please see the details below, as iGIANT® is hosting an event focused extensively on this field:

Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Time: 4:00-5:15 PM EST

Gender and sex impact every aspect of our daily lives. For example, men and women respond differently to the same doses of medications and vaccines. Some products such as shoes and clothing, sports and personal protective equipment, and tools and hardware seem to have separate designs for men and women.

However, it's important to distinguish between a simple change in aesthetics and a design that actually addresses factors such as anthropometry (body proportion) and movement which can influence how people experience these products. Each small detail and seemingly insignificant change in design can heavily impact how we perform at work, school and in our sports and leisurely activities. Training programs, protocols and policies are also impacted by gender/sex.

iGIANT is committed to ensuring that everyone is given the resources, opportunities and tools to do their jobs safely and live well. The purpose of the Sports Summit is to establish a common dialog about best design practices that consider gender/sex differences and to inspire participants to serve as ambassadors for innovation. These events have convened stakeholders from government, industry, academia and advocacy groups.

You are invited to give a brief overview (under 3 minutes) of your design element (no slides) or even just your interest in this area. We understand that some information is proprietary and disclosure may be limited. Following this exciting dialog, there will be a discussion on challenges and opportunities to further accelerate precision innovation and design since everyone is now an ambassador for innovation!

Please RSVP as soon as possible before the event date!

Additionally, feel free to extend this information to your network.

This summit will benefit from your participation, which will inspire people to peer through a gender/sex lens so they can envision creative solutions to improve all our lives.


Summit Organizers:

Saralyn Mark, MD



Kim Templeton, MD

Former President

American Medical Women's Association

Alires Almon


Deep Space Predictive Research Group

Susan Sokolowski, PhD

Founding Director and Professor

Sports Product Design

University of Oregon

Eliza Chin, MD

Executive Director

American Medical Women's Association

Marc O'Griofa, MD, PhD




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