I chuckle when asked the inspiration for our name because I’m into space, not astrology!
Project Gemini was NASA’s second human spaceflight program. Ten missions between 1961 and 1966 bridged the gap between the short, barely-orbital flights of Mercury’s Alan Sheppard, Gus Grissom and John Glenn, and the unforgettable moon landings of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin & co. Unflashy engineering innovations including the first spacewalks and key vehicular rendezvous & docking were ultimately what allowed humans to go to the moon. Every single flight was a case of humans doing something that had never been done before, in the most challenging and complex circumstances imaginable.
Moneyball and the era of sports analytics from 2000-2020 can be equated to the Mercury missions when we first got into space. The moon landings of sports science will be some far-off scenario in which computer-vision, blood & genetic testing, text analysis, and other technologies beyond our imagination blend seamlessly into precise, real-time AI.
In our world, at Gemini Sports Analytics, our project has a mission to push through challenging barriers of entry for citizen data scientists such as high-performance staff, general managers, and scouts wishing to harness the treasure troves of data collected on their athletes. Now is the time to democratize and demystify AI/ML so that R&D staff can focus on the most complex challenges. By pushing the boundaries of organizational maturity and systems design, we can evolve how we work with data.
Just like how the Gemini space project provided engineering which enabled Apollo to land on the moon, we’ll empower stakeholders to capabilities that were previously inaccessible to them.
This is my vision for our very own Project Gemini.