​ Oh what a Wimbledon time of year!

Yesterday we had Wimbledon press launch at which we (IBM) have announced all the exciting new tech that we’ve implemented as Wimbledon’s official technology and innovation partner. Part of that is the cool project I (and a huge team of really smart people) have been working on – using our Watson Technology to find new insights from unstructured tennis data; we’re talking Wimbledon brochures, newspaper articles, player interviews and more. From this analysis we’ve gained some brand new insights about great Wimbledon champions helping to answer the question “what makes great“?

To gain these new insights we’ve analysed:

  • 53,713,514 tennis data points captured since 1990
  • 6349 newspaper print articles from the Telegraph written during The Championships since 1995
  • 22 years of articles, daily blogs and interviews from web sites (Wimbledon.com and Telegraph since 1995)
  • 10 Wimbledon annuals, interview transcripts and more recently social media commentary that total 11,208,192 words

Throughout the two weeks we’ll be encouraging fans (like yourselves) to get involved in the discussion and share opinions on what you think makes great, aligned with a number of topics we’ve pulled together with the help of tennis experts. There’s a hub on the Telegraph, on which you can get involved and for more details on the technology behind it all have a read of the press release or the ibm.com/wimbledon homepage!

I’ve been busy helping produce a behind the scenes video, social media content and our google search strategy. During the two weeks I’ll be onsite at Wimbledon helping produce “The Daily Debate” which you’ll be able to view live on Wimbledon’s Facebook page and their channel via Apple TV; giving you all the insight and stories behind the data.

I was very lucky enough yesterday and I interviewed Jamie Murray on camera as part of the video content for our onsite kiosk at Wimbledon. Here visitors can pretend to be a tennis pundit answering questions posed to them on camera! It was really fun so perhaps I’ll take up presenting/interviewing as a new career ;)!

Such an exciting time of year, but still plenty to do. I’ll be blogging / instagramming throughout, behind the scenes of IBM & Wimbledon so watch this space for more information and updates during the Champs (yay).  Follow #WhatMakesGreat to see what’s going on and get involved in the debate!
Interviewing Jamie Murray

Interviewing Jamie Murray

Helping at the Wimbledon Shoot

Helping at the Wimbledon Shoot

Filming at Wimbledon

Filming at Wimbledon

Gorgeous Day at SW19

Gorgeous Day at SW19

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