The Agenda

Here below you can find the agenda of the two-day event.

08:00 – 09:00

09:00 – 09:05
Opening Remarks

  • Alberto Bichi, Executive Director of EPSI, the European Platform for Sport Innovation
  • Rene Wijlens, Executive Director of EPSI, the European Platform for Sport Innovation & General Manager, Sports & Technology

09:05 – 09:10
Welcome Remarks

  • Antonello Marega, President, EPSI, the European Platform for Sport Innovation

09:10 – 09:40
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Interregional Cooperation for Investments in the Sport Industry

  • Slawomir Tokarski, Director, Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, European Commission

09:40 – 10:10
INTERACTIVE PANEL: Innovation in Sports & Vitality – from Societal Challenge and Innovation towards Business

Moderated by Rene Wijlens

  • Marc van der Zande, Project Manager, Cluster Sports & Technology
  • Eckehard “Fozzy” Moritz, CEO of Innovationsmanufaktur GmbH
  • Marco Benedetti, MySDAM Research & Formation School

10:10 – 10:40
INTERACTIVE PANEL: Business Opportunities in Stimulation of Active Lifestyle Provision

Moderated by Alberto Bichi

  • Maarten Gijssel, Founder, Kinetic Analysis
  • Dimitris Kourasis, Founder & CEO, SPOBI (SportBeingIntelligent)

10:40 – 11:00
Morning Coffee Break & Networking

11:00 – 12:00
SportInnovation & Match

12:00 – 12:30
Sport & Mental Health

  • Santo Rullo, Head of the Scientific Committee of European Culture and Sport Organization (ECOS) and President of International Football Committee of Mental Health (IFCMH)

12:30 – 13:00
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: E-Sports Investment & Innovation

  • Peter Sprenger, CEO, Techonomy

13:00 – 14:00
Networking Lunch

14:00 – 14:30
Technological Innovation in Sport and how this Impacts Business

  • Iris Cordoba Mondejar, General Manager, Global Sports Innovation Center powered by Microsoft

14:30 – 15:00
INTERACTIVE PANEL: Innovation in Sport & Wellbeing – From Wearable Technologies to Smart Environments

Moderated by Marc van der Zande

  • Sywert Brongersma, Senior Principal Member of Technical Staff, IMEC
  • Marius Janta, Senior Project Manager Research, Application & Business Development, WT (Wearable Technologies)
  • Sander Werring, Managing Director Benelux Companies, Polar Electro Oy

15:00 – 15:30
EPSI Networking Sessions

15:30 – 15:50
Afternoon Coffee Break & Networking

15:50 – 16:50
SportInnovation & Match

16:50 – 17:20
INTERACTIVE PANEL: The Innovation Challenge in Sports: Leveraging the Power of Data & Digital Content

Moderated by Rene Wijlens

  • Enrique Alcantara, Head of Sports Innovation, Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV)
  • Steven Vos, Professor of Design and Analysis of Intelligent Systems for Vitality and Leisure Time Sports, TU Eindhoven
  • Sebastian Brunnert, Solution Manager, Business Unit Sports, SAP SE

17:20 – 17:50
From Sports Technology towards Shaping Business Strategies for an Increased Value across the Ecosystem

  • Hélène Hembert, Responsible for Innovation, Outdoor Sport Valley

 17:50 – 18:20
3D Printing in Sport

  • Kris Binon, General Manager, Flam3D

18:20 – 19:20
SportInnovation & Match

19:20 – 20:00
Closing Remarks & End of Day One – followed by Networking Reception

08:00 – 09:00
Registration & Coffee

09:00 – 09:10
Opening Remarks

  • Alberto Bichi, Executive Director of EPSI, the European Platform for Sport Innovation
  • Rene Wijlens, Executive Director of EPSI, the European Platform for Sport Innovation & General Manager, Sports & Technology

09:10 – 09:40
Funding Innovation in 21st Century Sport

  • Pierre Padilla, Founder, N-ABLE

09:40 – 10:10
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Sports Innovation – The Future of the Human – Technology Interface. What the Future Holds

  • Steve Haake, Professor of Sports Engineering & Founding Director of the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University

10:10 – 10:40
INTERACTIVE PANEL: How Sports Federations Address the Innovation Issue

Moderated by Rene Wijlens

  • David Stickland, Managing Director, Global Dressage Analytics BV & Senior Research Physicist, CERN – (Data Analytics in the Equestrian Sport)
  • Philippe Rosier, Health & Performance Manager, RBFA (Royal Belgian Football Association)
  • Mark Dorlandt, Project Portfolio Manager Lifestyle I&T, Accell Group, N.V

10:40 – 11:00
Morning Coffee Break & Networking

11:00 – 12:00
SportInnovation & Match

12:00 – 13:00
INTERACTIVE PANEL: Analysing the Impact of Public Private Partnerships and how these Shape the Future of Sport Business

Moderated by Alberto Bichi

  • Kristiina Jokelainen, Director of International Relations and S3 Implementation, Regional Council of Lapland
  • Nikos Pantalos, Policy Officer on Innovation and Clusters, European Commission
  • Marisa Fernandez Esteban, Deputy Head of Sport Unit, European Commission
  • Hugo Alonso, Secretary General, ACES Europe

13:00 – 14:00
Networking Lunch

14:00 – 14:30
INTERACTIVE PANEL: Early Stage Innovation and Industry-Academia Collaboration

Moderated by Alberto Bichi

  • Paolo Bouquet, Associate Professor, University of Trento
  • Ada Ferri, Associate Professor, Politecnico di Torino
  • Heiki Hannola, Principal Lecturer, Lapland University of Applied Sciences

14:30 – 15:00
INTERACTIVE PANEL: What does a Startup Need to SUCCEED in the Sports Industry / Acceleration Strategies?

Moderated by Marc van der Zande

  • Kristof De Mey, Sports Technology Innovation & Business Developer, Ghent University
  • John van der Laar, Managing Director, SportBizz
  • Michele Tosi, Director of Incubation & Startup Area, Trentino Sviluppo S.p.A. (SPIN Accelerator)

15:00 – 15:30
Stimulating a Healthy Active Lifestyle by Using Technology and Data For Innovation

  • Harmen Bljsterbosch, Managing Director, InnoSportLab Sport & Beweeg

15:30 – 16:00
Afternoon Coffee Break & Networking

16:00 – 17:00
SportInnovation & Match

17:00 – 17:30
Closing Remarks & End of Day Two of Conference

Creativity has no limits and in the sports ecosystem, innovation is constant, whether it is to improve the performance of athletes themselves, the stimulation of a healthy and active lifestyle or the fan experience.

Public authorities have grasped the relevance of industrial modernization in the sport sector and the importance of sports for vitality of people. Industry-leading companies – together with their entire valuey chains – invest incessantly in their R&D to keep up in the race to innovate, and new projects with the support of public financing emerge seeking to meet needs that remain to be covered. But if there is something they all have in common, it is technology.

What are the key trends in sports tech innovation and how can public authorities support this? What should a startup have to be considered innovative and successful in the sports ecosystem  today? What are the challenges that an entrepreneur must face in the sports sector? How can new business models be created in the need to stimulate healthy active lifestyle? How can Public Private Partnerships shape the future of business developments in the sport sector? How can businesses matchmaking events kick-start economic growth and employment? What economic spill over effects can be sparked by sport in the associated sectors such as tourism, health, transport, nutrition infrastructure building and others.

Co-Innovate in Sport 2019 will be the place in July 2019 to discuss all these issues, to explore innovations and to meet future partners for cooperation in the sports ecosystem.

  • Creating an innovation-friendly environment in sports
  • Technology innovation in sports and its impact on business
  • Sports equipment manufacturing innovation process
  • E-sports innovations
  • Big data & digital in sports
  • Funding innovation in 21st century sports
  • Sports innovation and the future of the human-technology interface
  • How stimulation of active lifestyle can provide business chances
  • Public authorities facilitating innovation in the sports sector
  • What does a Startup Need to SUCCEED in the Sports Industry?
  • Early Stage Innovation and Industry-Academia Collaboration
  • Wearable technologies in sports

For whom?

Why to participate?

  • Companies
  • Showcase your most favourable products and projects
  • Research and innovation organisations
  • Meet face-to-face new partners and customers
  • Universities
  • Initiate cross-border contacts and cooperation
  • Sports organisations/associations
  • Find new commercial/technological/research partners
  • Public authorities
  • Present, discuss and develop new projects.
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