Cities all over the world are invited to take part in the Global Active City programme, a new initiative to promote health and physical activity. Already in place in 10 pilot cities, including Lausanne, this programme has proved successful in significantly improving the health of these cities’ inhabitants and increasing their participation in sport and physical activity.
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The annual Sportdata & Performance Forum delves into the exciting world of data analytics and how it applies to high performance sport. From predictive insight into sporting performance, machine learning, sports biometrics, data from wearable technologies and how data can enable effective player recruitment, training and assist with injury prevention, Big Data is having a massive impact in the sporting domain. Elite athletes and teams nowadays have the possibility to collect a vast amount of data about their training, results, etc., but the challenge is unlocking the insights buried in that data and making it more actionable.
This week PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) launched the 2017 edition of its Sports Survey which shows that sports industry leaders expect the sector’s growth rates to slow down from 8 to 6.4% per year. While football appears to be “too big to fail” and eSports is seen as a key growth area, respondents view the Olympics as having a less certain future. More than two-thirds of respondents believe virtual reality is here to stay and will enhance the sports viewing experience. These are some of the key results of the 2017 edition of PwC’s Sports Survey.
Swiss start-ups specialised in sports technology are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible for the Sports Tech World Cup. This new start-up competition, launched by Venture capital fund Podium Silicon Valley (SV), uses continental qualifiers to choose the world-wide winner for the most revolutionary idea. Young companies specialising in six key areas, including in Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, New Sports, Platforms, Smart materials and Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality, are invited to submit an application for the “Euro finals”.
More than 1,500 people working across over 50 sport organisations and various sport related companies call the Olympic Capital Lausanne their home. Many of them are located in the “Maison du Sport International” (MSI). This unique complex, set up by the City of Lausanne, the Canton of Vaud and the International Olympic Committee in 2006, aims to promote collaboration and build synergies among the different sport stakeholders. In order to allow new businesses and organisations to settle in Lausanne and help them benefit from this unique international sports hub, construction of a new building is underway directly next door to the MSI.
Experts from United Nations (UN) agencies, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Sports Federations (IFs) will get together at a full day seminar on 5 October 2017 in Lausanne’s Beaulieu Congress Center to discuss the topic of "Achieving the SDGs through sport: partnerships and institutional responses for greater coherence and effectiveness". SDGs stands for Sustainable Development Goals. They drive the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda until 2030 and are supported by governments, businesses and civil society, including the sport sector.
ThinkSport’s ambition is to transform business silos into hubs of collaboration and thereby help drive progress in sport. Wiz-Team, a member of ThinkSport, is a good example of how this can work in practice. The Lausanne-based event consultancy and data management company is active in different sectors and thereby leverages new business opportunities. Current projects include the upcoming PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and clients such as the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), World Sailing, the European Commission and SAP, to name just a few.
The first ever FAI International Drones Conference and Expo will kick off next week as part of the inaugural EPFL Drone Days, held from 1 to 3 September 2017 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).
Just one month to go until the inaugural Directors’ Summit, which will be staged at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne on 27 September 2017 by iSportconnect, in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and ThinkSport.
This year’s conference of the European Association for Sport Management (EASM) will bring together sport managers and renowned researchers to address recent challenges in the context of globalisation and professionalisation of sport.