Clinton aide tech-driving Sacramento Kings


He was an aide to the ex-US President Bill Clinton. He served with vice-president Al Gore and two cabinet secretaries. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s in International Studies/Security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and an MBA from California State University, Sacramento.

He is Ryan Montoya, the chief technology officer at Sacramento Kings – the oldest franchisees in National Basketball Association of the US. And, also the most high-tech NBA team. Ryan Montoya is the man to provide direction and manage the Sacramento Kings new technology and innovative strategies. To enhance the fan experience and improve team’s performance.

The man who would advise, invest and serve in technology companies. Montoya now is credited with many firsts for Sacramento Kings. Under his leadership, the Kings became the first NBA team on Twitter, to use Bitcoin, experiment with Google Glass and utilize drones. He also led the team’s strategic investment in VOKE VR.

Montoya also oversees all technology for Sacramento’s downtown entertainment and sports complex, Golden 1 Center. The NCAA’s use of Intel True VR (formerly VOKE VR) during the NCAA Final Four this year was groundbreaking. “To see such an advanced technology at such a large event was great, and shows the exciting future that VR has in sports,” says Montoya.

So what makes the technology at King’s new Golden 1 Centre so special. “All of the technology in the arena is designed to enhance the fan experience — we designed the first-of-its-kind dual mode Kings + Golden 1 Center app to function as the fan’s remote control, allowing them to take advantage of advanced arena features. Through the app fans can upload photos to be featured when they arrive at the arena, provide feedback to better control the climate in their section, check out advanced stats and even order food directly to their seat.

That’s not enough for the Kings on tech front. The Chairman and Owner Vivek Ranadivé has been working with state and federal regulators as well as private companies to advance the use of autonomous vehicle technology on Sacramento roadways. An autonomous vehicle and hyperloop transportation network would allow the team to better connect the arena with its fans and the city.

The Kings + Golden 1 Center app are also personal favourites of Montoya, who might just not live without these. The app features the latest team info and connects him directly to the advanced features of Golden 1 Center.

The man has a vision for sports venues’ technology and connectivity 20 years from now. “It will all begin with technology. Even before the first shovel hits the ground, teams will be asking how do we connect our fans. The shared experience and dialogue is becoming as important as the spectacle in the venue. Speed will be king and will become one of the factors determining how teams in the future operate,” says Montoya.

Sacramanto King’s tech-man believes VR is going the be a key to growing the game internationally. As broadcast technology improves, the next phase will be bringing more people in to experience the in-arena environment, not just the game.