Sports and Technology
Building bridges to create golden triangles!
Sports & Technology is a non-profit organisation, founded in 2005 in Eindhoven (the Netherlands) in close co-operation with the Dutch research organisation TNO. As an intermediate organisation, Sports & Technology builds bridges between the sports, knowledge and business worlds to create ‘golden triangles’. Not only for better results in high-level sports and to encourage people to become more active and take part in sports, but also to generate business. Sports & Technology also was one of the founding fathers of the annual Dutch national congress ‘Sports, Science and Technology’ and the National Sports Innovation Award.
A particular innovative concept developed by Sports and Technology was the idea of creating field-labs. These can be defined as research and development locations in a real-life sports setting where new ideas, concepts, technologies and products can be tested. Field-labs have also been developed for swimming, gymnastics., equestrian sports, disabled sports and the stimulation of activity. Further developments are also being envisaged.
The Dutch national organisation InnoSportNL – set up in 2006 by TNO and the national sports federation NOC*NSF – has adapted this concept. A field-lab with a particular emphasis on recreational sports was established in Eindhoven in 2009. This initiative received a lot of international attention, which triggered Sports & Technology to set up the EU-project ProFit (www.fieldlabs.eu)
Sports and Technology is located in the Brainport Eindhoven Region, the world’s most intelligent community! Brainport Eindhoven region is a breeding ground for innovation and the home base for many companies. World-class knowledge and research institutes also present make it an excellent basis for the continuing development of sports and technology!
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