Summit 2018

On 25-26 October 2018, the Sports Tech Transfer and R&D Summit took place in Ghent. The conference featured 30 cutting-edge presentations, inspiring keynotes and interactive panel sessions with experts from leading organizations as research institutions, public authorities, venture capitalists, industry players, regulators, advisors and sport teams and federations. We welcomed attendees from more than 15 countries worldwide.

During the event, the SportUp acceleration program was launched as well. At that moment in time, there was no STRN yet. The event was there to bring people together, discuss on sports tech related topics and share thoughts on what the future could bring.

Summit 2018 Aftermovie

Some of our previous speakers

  • Benjamin Penkert
    Benjamin Penkert
  • Mikael Bäckström
    Prof. Mikael Bäckström
  • Steven Belen
    Steven Belen
  • Erik Witvrouw
    Prof. Erik Witvrouw
  • Roel Vaeyens
    Roel Vaeyens
  • Tine Van Lommel
    Tine Van Lommel
  • Martin Carlsson Wall
    Prof. Martin Carlsson Wall
  • Wim Derave
    Prof. Wim Derave
  • Malte Siegle
    Malte Siegle
  • Iris Cordoba Mondejar
    Iris Cordoba Mondejar
  • Wim Vanhaverbeke
    Prof. Wim Vanhaverbeke
  • Steve Rose
    Prof. Steve Rose
  • Mark King
    Prof. Mark King
  • Martin Schlegel
    Martin Schlegel
  • Ruud Van Elk
    Ruud Van Elk
  • Stephan Morais
    Stephan Morais
  • Roger Lemmens
    Roger Lemmens
  • Anoek Van Vlaardingen
    Anoek Van Vlaardingen
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A variety of topics were on the agenda in 2018:

  • Understanding the political landscape for the sport sector and learning how it can facilitate technology transfer
  • Boosting innovation ideas supported by public private financial partnerships
  • Facilitating cooperation and transfer of knowledge between universities, business and sports organizations
  • Defining strategies for the development of evidence-based sports technologies
  • Stimulating cross-industry and cross-regional sport innovation
  • Improving networks among academic researchers, sport governing bodies, R&D managers, civil servants, and sports scientific staff members in teams
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We remembered 3 key takeaways from the event:

  1. Innovation is all about collaboration. But that doesn’t mean you have to give everything away for free. You always need to have some protected IP in case you want to bring something to the market. (Prof. Wim Vanhaverbeke, Innovation Management & Strategy, Hasselt University)
  2. The sports sector is a very hybrid one. Sports tech is not like any other industry. If you’re too commercial, the soul doesn’t like it. And if you have too much soul, you won’t be doing enough commerce. (Prof Martin Carlsson-Wall, Stockholm School of Economics)
  3. You can’t pick a winner, the ecosystem produces winners. (Dr. Martin Schlegel)

Some of the attending organizations

  • Bioracer Motion
  • Sportradar
  • SportsTechX
  • Loughborough University
  • Imec
  • Stockholm School of Economics
  • RS Scan
  • Kinetic Analysis
  • Voxdale
  • Movesense
  • Global Sports Innovation Center
  • Fieldwiz
  • EPSI
  • Ledsreact
  • Flanders' Bike Valley
  • Amsterdam Institute of Sports Science
  • Startupbootcamp
  • Swansea University
  • VRT
  • Double Pass
  • ISPO Munich
  • Cluster Sports & Technology
  • Club Brugge
  • PSV
  • Tomorrowlab
  • TU Delft
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