International Interview about top trends and startups in Sports Tech

Mjällby AIF joins Sports Innovation Alliance

Mjällby AIF in the Swedihs national league in football has joined the international network of Sports Innovation Alliance.

The network is led by Real Sociedad’s Chief Innovation Officer Juan Iraola and the network today consists of approx. 20 clubs from all over the world but mostly from Europe and South America. Celtic, Wolverhampton, Cagliari, Real Sociedad are some of the clubs that are part of the network. The basic idea with SIA is to together find smart solutions in technology that help the business in 4 different areas, Arena – Market – Business system – Football. By creating a broad international network of contacts to find smart solutions for the different parts of football, SIA wants to drive this development with a focus on football.

Read more about SIA here: https://www.sportinnovationalliance.com

Fredrik Danielsson, club manager in Mjällby AIF:

– We have had a good dialogue with Juan and others active in the network and it feels fantastic fun as the only Swedish club to get the chance to be part of SIA. As they only take in one club from each country, it obviously feels extra fun that Mjällby AIF will be the club that gets the chance and it shows that our brand has also been strengthened on an international level. This will lead to us as a club being able to develop much faster in several areas and thus be able to strengthen our position in Swedish elite football. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Blekinge Institute of Technology and Martin Söderberg for their help in establishing contact.

Health & Sports Technology Initiative are very happy to have established the contact between Mjällby AIF and Sports Innovation Alliance (SIA)

Entreprenörsfrukost – Sports Tech

Health & Sports Technology Initiative tillsammans med samverkande parter bjuder in dig till Entreprenörsfrukost – Sports Tech.

Vi kommer få lyssna och inspireras av tre framgångsrika svenska Sports Tech företag och få höra deras resa med misslyckande, hinder samt succé och framgång!

Företagen som medverkar med sina resor är:

Composite talks by SWE-CIC

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What has the enhancement of the equipment meant for ice hockey? Warrior Sports are changing the game through fibre composites and Jonas Karlson will tell us their story.

Bicycles has evolved and new materials has lead to higher performance. Aerospace Engineer and former Bicycle R&D Manager Andrea Valenza will take us through a brief history and discuss the pros and cons of fiber composites in bike design.

Reserve your spot now!
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Rayvon Fouché – Gamechanger, The Techno Scientific revolution in Sports

Health & Sports technology Initative hase invited the American professor and auothor Rayvon Fouché that will inspire us about sports tech from an equality and sustainability perspective.

Before Rayvon’s lecture there will be a panel discussion highlighting the same questions from a Swedish perspective.

19:00-19:30 Panel discussion about equality and sustainability from a Swedish  perspective

Stina Lundgren Högbom – Moderator

Katrine Marçal – Swedish writer and journalist, with a new book; Mother of Invention: How Good Ideas Get Ignored in an Economy Built for Men

Sofia B Karlsson – Swedish Sports Confederation. Expert in gender, equality and inclusion in sports

19:30-20:30 Lecture with Rayvon Fouche – Gamechanger, The Techno Scientific Revolution in Sports

Sign up for Rayvon Fouché – gamechanger, the Techno Scientific Revolution in Sports

Rayvon Fouché – Gamechanger, The Techno Scientific Revolution in Sports (simplesignup.se)

Swedish Network for Sports and Analytics

12th of april 17:30 – 18:45 CES

In Sweden, there are many institutions at leading universities that conduct research in different aspects of Sports Technology. The purpose of these workshops is for researchers to describe and translate their research into practically relevant knowledge for the Sports Industry. Through these workshops, we want to start to intertwine the collective knowledge, and build the Swedish Network for Sports Technology and Analytics.

This is the first out of four seminars that will take place during 2021. The purpose of these seminars is for researchers to describe and translate their research into practically relevant knowledge for the Sports Industry. Through these seminars, we want to start to intertwine the collective knowledge, and build the Swedish Network for Sports Technology and Analytics.  

Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) and Health & Sports Technology Initiative are happy to host the first out of four seminars in the Swedish Network for Sports Tech and Analytics during 2021.

Programme:
17:30-17:35 Welcome and introduction – Stina Lundgren Högbom, moderator
17:35-18:00
Swedish Network for Sports tech and Analytics – Mikael Mattsson, project manager
18:00-18:15
Technical development for better sports – Tobias Larsson, professor
18:15-18:25
Oxelerate – Oskar Frånberg, docent
18:00-18:40 Towards integrating and visualizing multimodal biometric data/Analyzing data using machine learning – Javier Gonzales Huerta, docent, Martin Bolt, docent
18:40-18:45 Summary РStina Lundgren H̦gbom and Mikael Mattson

The seminar will be held digitally. Sign up is mandatory.
Sign up here: https://simplesignup.se/private_event/178575/f6404c5b99

Student project in design thinking

During the last semester has Health & Sports Technology Initiative involved a team of students from BTH to design a new gadget. Here you can se the video of their presentation

Below you can read an interview with the students

1. Tell us short about your project

Background

The project task is to devise a measurement that can help improve health. It has a wide approach to it and can be implemented in many different areas such as sports performance, patients in hospitals, geriatric care, etc.
The use of smartwatches has grown rapidly since 2010. There are many different companies such as Apple, Samsung, Fitbit, and Garmin. The usage area seems to get broader and broader as the watches get more features added to them.  The project has a collaboration with the Sports & Health institute at Blekinge institute of technology.

Idea – The idea in the beginning was to use a Medical PPG testbed called Bloodlight developed by CodeThink. The PPG uses light to shine into the skin and reads the reflection of it. It currently has both red/infra-red and green LEDs on it. It runs on an open-source code and is available to everyone. Because the testbed was hard to work with, the team decided to use Arduino with added sensors instead to speed up the workflow. 

Plan– The plan of the project was to follow the course workshops and use the methods and tools presented in the course “Extreme PSS Innovation”, because this project is part of that course.    

Solution – The solution consists of a physical watch with sensors and a screen that is meant to be used by kids in the age between 4-8 years old, an app that summarizes and analyzes data collected by the “watch” and displays it to the parent in a way that makes it easy for the parent to take action.  

2. What was the most challenging in this project?

The most challenging part of this project was to develop an app that would have all the functionality that we wanted, mostly because no one in the group has much experience in programming. This is why the app is simplified and mostly used for testing purposes.

3. How did you come up with the idea of a gadget for sun and air pollution protection?

By analyzing the market and seeing where we could find a “blue ocean”, going back and forth between different ideas that came up in the ideation phase, and because the team thought that this was an interesting segment to look deeper into.

4. What will happen with your project now?

It’s unclear at the moment what will happen with the project, but it is possible that we will keep working on it after this semester if we see an interest.

Health & Sports Technology Initiative gets funds from CIF – Centrum för idrottsforskning

Health & Sports Technologuy Initiative at BTH have got funds fromt CIF- centrum för idrottsforskning to manage the Network for Sports Technology and Analytics and will start to set up three seminars for coaches in different places in Sweden.

The network also gives great oppurtunities to collaborate between Swedish universities in sport Technologies and analytics to share ideas and develop innovation to the sports.

Centrum för idrottsforskning: