On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Montreux Gymnastics Club this year, a dedicated exhibition at the Museum of Montreux, just 25 km away from Lausanne, is now highlighting the important role sport has played for the economic growth, dynamism and well-being of the entire region ever since.
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Drone Racing is a new high speed competitive racing sport, presented last week by FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale) at SportAccord Convention. Skilled pilots fly quad-copter drones through three-dimensional courses at speeds up to 120mph. The drones are custom built for speed, agility, and performance, and pilots steer from the point of view of the drone by wearing First Person View (FPV) goggles that display a live image transmitted by an on-board camera. Combining technology, innovation, physics, coordination, and precision, the experience for both pilots and fans is about as intense and immersive as it gets.
Officially launched to the wider sporting community and the media in April 2016, ThinkSport this month is celebrating a successful first year by looking back on its early successes and looking forward to further progress in the months and years ahead.
This week, the ThinkSport team participates in SportAccord Convention, currently held in Aarhus, Denmark. This 6-day event attracts 1,500 delegates including rights holders, organising committees, cities, media, businesses and other organisations involved in the development of sport. Held in a different country each year, the convention also brings together representatives from more than 100 International Sports Federations and the International Olympic Committee. Last year, ThinkSport used the event as platform to officially launch its unique network to the wider sporting community and the media.
Next week on 6 April 2017, more than 65 of the world’s best start-ups will gather in Lausanne for the Seedstars Summit 2017, the world’s biggest start-up competition in emerging markets. Dozens of young entrepreneurs will compete for equity investment and grants of up to $1.0m. ThinkSport met with Juliane Butty, regional manager for Latin America at Seedstars World, to learn more about this exciting event and the involvement of the sports industry.
More than 1,500 people working across over 50 sport organisations and as well as various sport related companies call Lausanne, the Olympic Capital, their home. Many of them are located in the “Maison du Sport International” (MSI). This unique complex, set up by the IOC, the canton of Vaud and the city of Lausanne, aims to promote collaboration and build synergies among the different sport stakeholders. Officially inaugurated in 2006, the MSI is currently being expanded to allow new International sport Federations (IFs) and organisations settle in Lausanne.
17.03.2017 Innovation at the service of athletes: EPFL develops magnetic gates to track ski racers’ performance
A research team from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) recently developed a new system which allows to measure a slalom skier’s exact time at each gate all the way down the slope. It also calculates the skiers’ speed and trajectory more accurately than GPS. Such precise measurements are crucial to analyse and improve athletes’ performance.
Since the recent launch of its membership model, ThinkSport welcomed more than 30 official members from different sectors to its unique network. Among them are European and International federations, start-ups and other innovative businesses in the sports industry.
The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) recently open up its Responsible Sport Initiative (RSI), a platform that helps sporting goods companies to efficiently implement unified corporate and social responsibility (CSR) standards.
The digital revolution and integrity in sport will be the focus of this year’s edition of “Sport Future Rendez-Vous”, an annual event for expert discussions on pressing topics in sport. Jointly organised by ThinkSport and the University of Lausanne (UNIL) from 9 to 10 May 2017, Sport Future Rendez-Vous 2017 will feature top level speakers from various sectors including ...