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The 5th annual conference on Sport Innovation in Eindhoven (NL) and Paal-Beringen (BE) was a success

Tuesday, 14 June, 2016

Brussels, BELGIUM

The two-day conference promoted technological innovation, the exchange of expert knowledge and the strenghtening of the European sports network.

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Brussels, Belgium - 14 June 2016  On June 6 and 7th 2016, the European Platform for Sports Innovation (EPSI), the Dutch Sports & Technology Cluster and Flanders' Bike Valley, hosted the 5th European Platform for Sport Innovation Conference“Crossing borders: innovation for economic and social impact”. The conference was organised with the support of the Dutch Government, as part of the Dutch EU presidency 2016 and in partnership with Enterprise Europe Network, Easy-Imp, EU4SportsClustersAll, European Strategic Cluster Partnership and Sport Innovator. Furthermore it was supported by the Province of Noord-Brabant (NL), the city of Eindhoven (NL) and the province of Limburg (BE).

The two day event, which was held on the first day  at cluster Sports & Technology in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) and on the second day at Flanders' Bike Valley in Paal-Beringen (Belgium), was centred on exploring innovation, opportunities and the identification of challenges within the sport industry. In addition to that, it provided a platform for the exchange of knowledge and best practices between stakeholders.

The forum granted all attendees, which included several research organisations; innovative companies; cluster-members; and governmental parties – the opportunity to present new ideas and concepts for products. Furthermore, discussions were held on a wide range of topics such as: the growing importance of smart /vital cities; the relevant role of wearables, sensors and data in supporting an active and healthy lifestyle and also how to stimulate innovation and convert ideas into actual business. In addition to that, a number of new trends and emerging opportunities in the field of sport were presented.  

Participants also had the unique opportunity to witness new technologies such as the recently opened wind tunnel at the Flanders' Bike Valley and they had access to several research facilities and some of the unique Sport field labs in Eindhoven.  Moreover, the conference also facilitated the strengthening of the network for stakeholders through the international sports matchmaking event ‘SportTechMatch’, which was co-organised with the Enterprise Europe Network.

Altogether, the participation of many interesting organisations, the variety of stimulating topics and inspiring visits to some of the most excellent research institutions, made the 5thEPSI conference a great success.