Monday, 12 August 2019 23:46

Canberra Innovation Network, US Embassy to stage sports tech innovation day

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The Canberra Innovation Network is partnering with the United States Embassy to stage a sports tech innovation day on 27 August in Canberra focusing on the practical application, commercialisation and scale up of sports technology from Canberra to worldwide markets.

Organisers of the event say it provides an opportunity for attendees and speakers to share stories and examples on how technology helps advance elite sport and encourage learning between leading Australian and US organisations active in sports technology research, development and commercialisation.

At the same time, say the forum will create value for sports businesses on both sides of the Pacific through collaboration and the building of new connections as well as knowledge and experience exchange.

The Canberra Innovation Network - a not for profit organisation that connects, promotes and accelerates the growth of the region’s ecosystem for entrepreneurs and innovators – says US and Australian elite sports experts, including Australian gold medallist Lauren Burns and Dr. David T Martin, the former director of performance research & development for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, will keynote the conference.

And in addition, researchers, government officials and private sector representatives will provide their perspectives on sports technology applications and advice on expansion into the US market.

The event – to be staged at the Ann Harding Conference Centre at the University of Canberra - will aim to answer questions such as:

  • What are some of the latest applied innovations that stimulate improved sports performance?
  • What can Australia learn from the US (and vice a versa) in stimulating more innovative activity around sports technologies that generate practical results?
  • What are the experiences of and lessons learned by sports tech innovators, entrepreneurs and users in the broader Canberra region particularly related to expanding into the US market?
  • What research and technology advancements are most likely to deliver practical, applicable innovations that will help athletes and coaches improve performance, safety or both?
  • How can Australian and US organisations collaborate to help solve some of the big challenges facing elite sports today?

The one day event also features roundtables, collaborative exercises and a networking event with pitches from local sportstech innovators and entrepreneurs – and with attending athletes, students, physiotherapists, researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs and private industry representatives working together to improve collaboration and enable new innovations across the sports technology value chain.

Petr Adamek, CEO of The Canberra Innovation Network, said: “We are thrilled to have partnered with the US Embassy again, this time to explore how Australian and US organisations can learn from each other and collaborate to advance performance, safety and experiences in elite sports through innovative use of technology”.

“We already have sports tech companies in Canberra that have their solutions being used by athletes around the world, including in the United States. This event will further strengthen Canberra’s position as the place where sports technology businesses and innovators, athletes, elite teams, sporting institutions, leading researchers and research institutions work together to create and launch new and exciting sports innovations.”

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