Nike Innovation 2016 Day 1 - Event Recap

A look back at the forward thinking showcase
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A look back at the forward thinking showcase
Image via: samalive for Freshness

Image via: samalive for Freshness

Yesterday, Nike kicked off its massive Innovation 2016 event in New York City, highlighting various products expressing the brand's unrelenting drive to deliver groundbreaking performance technology to all athletes. The proceedings kicked off with comedian Kevin Hart, who delivered a straightforward monologue -- sans jokes --  about how Nike+ has transformed his fitness regimen. Hart gave way to Nike CEO Mark Parker, who announced the bevy of Nike innovations that would be debuting once he was done speaking. When that moment came, the black curtain lifted, revealing a massive exhibition space arrayed with various stations, each focusing focusing on a particular innovation.

Tiffany Beers, Nike Senior Innovator, was on hand to introduce the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, the auto-lacing sneaker that allows for precise, consistent and personalized lockdown that can be manually adjusted on the go. Leo Chang, the designer responsible for the Nike KD9, presented the Flyknit-infused silhouette, featuring an ultra-lightweight upper mounted on a tapered Zoom Air unit running from heel to toe. Additional stations were highlighted by the presence of three-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix, who shared her impression of the Nike Vapor track & field kits with AeroSwift technology, and a makeshift football pitch to demonstrate Nike's Anti-Clog Traction. 

Check out our rundown of the key products from Day 1 of the Nike Innovation 2016 event, then scroll through the gallery for our photo recap.

Key announcements from the 2016 Nike Innovation For Everybody Summit:

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