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Sports.Tech is a network platform for sportsexperts, researchers, industry professionals and athletes

Goals

Community Buiding

Sports.Tech will identify the players active in sport & innovation, in Flanders, Belgium & cross-border.

In order to match these actors and to sensitize & inform them, matchmaking events and thematical workshops will be organized.

Project Management

Sports.Tech will initiate and facilitate cooperation projects between companies, sportsclubs, research centers and governments. This includes participation in & coordination of projects, setting up living labs, consulting services and expertise in local and international fundraising.

Living Labs

Sports.Tech wants to stimulate innovation in sports by bringing researchers and entrepreneurs closer to athletes and coaches. Sports.Tech will play a key role in defining and setting up living labs and testing grounds. A living Lab is a system for building a future in which real-life user-driven development and innovation will be a normal co-creation technique for new products, services and societal infrastructure. In the Living Lab development projects, the users take active part in development and innovation. 

Relationship Management

Sports.Tech builds and maintains relationships with external partners that can play an important role for proper functioning of the cluster. These partners include research centers,  universities and relevant institutions located in the City of Leuven, province of Flemish-Brabant & Flanders

Keeping Focus

Sports.Tech will support initiatives, set up and participate in research projects. Here we always keep in mind the scope & focus of Sports.Tech.

Branding

By promoting and profiling Sports.Tech as 'the spider in the web' for sports innovation, our goal is to become the first port of call for the stakeholders of the Province of Flemish-Brabant, Flanders, Belgium and cross-border. 

Sports.Tech will bring out innovative products and services of its partners and promote the area as the region for sports innovation.

Your needs

SPORTS.TECH builds bridges between companies, sportsclubs and policy makers
by supporting the exchange of information and stimulating applied research and collaboration between stakeholders.
SPORTS.TECH members are provided with a range of innovation services focused on
promoting synergies, networking and business.

WHAT'S  IN FOR YOU?
 COMPANIES bring innovative, profitable products and services faster to the market through access to unique knowledge, technology and test facilities.
SPORTSCLUBS & ATHLETES get privileged access to technology. This leads to better performances and a stronger appearance.
RESEARCH INSTITUTES & ACADEMICS get in contact with industry and end users. Sports.Tech supports knowledge transfer and organises point-to-point contacts. Researchers obtain more application know-how, more visibility & more access to financial resources.

Our Story

Why Sports.Tech?

"The power of co-creation"

High level sports sets extremely high standards. To continu to improve performances (faster, further, higher,...) and to make a difference, athletes need help from technology and science.

The innovation potential of sports in the region is remarkable because of the presence of knowlegde and expertise. There are numerous research teams thata are playing a pioneering role in this area. In addition, several companies invest in innovative technologies for the sporting sector. Furthermore, sportsclubs and athletes are willing to test new developments and implement new technologies.

However, these actors are barely cooperating and not aware of each other's activities. Sports.tech fills this gap and creates potential for interdisciplinary networks, communication and fast technology transfer of innovations in sports.

Mission

"Improving athlete's performance through technology"

Sports.Tech focusses on athletes who want to lift their performances to a higher level. The subsequent innovations can have a spill-over effect on recreational sports. This way Sports.Tech will contribute to public health.

We consider technology as a tool to get the most out of the athlete. 
By a good understanding of the potential and the needs of athletes, technology can help to improve their physical & mental condition, their technique and nutrition.

Vision

"Demand-driven approach"

Sports.Tech aims at becoming a nexus between the sport industry, technology companies, entrepreneurs, students, research centers & sportsclubs by creating synergies, spotting opportunities and enhancing their competitiveness.

Sports.Tech's objective is to pursue a better balance between technology push and market pull by encountering the sporter's needs.

Organization

"Powered by Flanders Smart Hub"

Sports.Tech is an initiative of KU Leuven Research & Developmentand Flanders Smart Hub, and supported by the Province of Flemish- Brabant.

Sports.Tech is coordinated by Tine Van Lommel. Tine is working at KU Leuven Research & Development, spin-off & innovation and she is lifetech manager of Flanders Smart Hub.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Hack4Sports

Ben je gepassionneerd door sport & technologie? Heb je een aantal straffe ideeën en wil je hiermee aan de slag? Kom naar Hack4Sports, de hackathon voor sport & technologie!

Tine Van Lommel

Tine Van Lommel

Sports.Tech

jpotemans

Jan Potemans

Innovation Program Manager at IMEC

Kristof De Mey

Kristof De Mey

Sports technology/business developer (UGent, IOF, Victoris)

Tom Braekeleirs

Tom Braekeleirs

Director at Microsoft Innovation Center Vlaanderen

18/11/2016
Sports.Tech Event
Hack 4 Sports

Wil je weten wat een hackathon is? Zoek je nog inspiratie? Wil je goed voorbereid zijn voor de hackathon? We bieden een avond met boeiende sprekers en workshops!

Tine Van Lommel

Tine Van Lommel

Sports.Tech

jpotemans

Jan Potemans

Innovation Program Manager at IMEC

Kristof De Mey

Kristof De Mey

Sports technology/business developer (UGent, IOF, Victoris)

Tom Braekeleirs

Tom Braekeleirs

Director at Microsoft Innovation Center Vlaanderen

20/10/2016
Sports.Tech Event
Vlaams Brabant

Ontdek de sport & technologie-tour op de Brabantdag!

 

19/10/2016
External Event
SportsTechLab kick-off

Sports.Tech en KHC Leuven nodigen u vriendelijk uit voor de officiële opening van de nieuwe accommodatie en voorstelling van het SportsTechLab-project.

 

28/05/2016
Sports.Tech Event
imec technology forum

ITF Brussel – geef vorm aan de technologie van morgen

23/05/2016
External Event
Themasessie

Wenst u op de hoogte te zijn van de huidige kennis over blessures bij sporters? Hoe beter revalideren en hoe voorkomen?

kpeers

Prof. Koenraad Peers

Revalidatiearts & Diensthoofd Fysische Geneeskunde UZ

Koen De Hondt

Dhr Kjell De Hondt

Sportpraktijk

Werner Helsen

Prof. Werner Helsen

Topsportlab

Joris Matheusen

Dhr Joris Matheusen

Absoluut

10/12/2015
Sports.Tech Event
sports - not just a game

Ben je benieuwd naar wat er zich afspeelt naast het sportterrein? Sports.Tech organiseert samen met Leuven.Inc en Deloitte “Sport – more than just a game”. Drie experts zullen een tip van de sluier oplichten over sport als echte bedrijfstak.

Paul Van der Schueren

Paul Van der Schueren

CEO Oud-Heverlee Leuven

Wim Lagae

Wim Lagae

Professor Sportmanagement KU Leuven

Marc Frederix

Marc Frederix

Directeur Marketing De Nationale Loterij

Dirk Hermans

Dirk Hermans

Partner Deloitte

14/11/2015
Sports.Tech Event
Tech in Motion: Leuven Bears

De Leuven Bears, de basketbalclub van Leuven, wil inzetten op innovatie in hun sport. Samen met Sports.Tech organiseert de club de workshop ‘Tech in Motion’.

Herman Bruyninckx

Herman Bruyninckx

Professor Robotica, KU Leuven

Paul Rowe

Paul Rowe

Directeur Bloso

06/06/2015
Sports.Tech Event
Sports.Tech, the kick-off

Sports.Tech gaat van start! U kan zich verwachten aan een verrasssende avond met een unieke eventformule.

Chris Van Hoof

Chris Van Hoof

Director Wearables, imec

Kaat Van De Vijver

Kaat Van De Vijver

Bainisha

Bart Swings

Bart Swings

Topsporter schaatsen

Werner Helsen

Werner Helsen

Professor FaBer

Jan Olbrecht

Jan Olbrecht

Inspanningsfysioloog

26/03/2015
Sports.Tech Event

News

Sportstechlab

Een living lab voor sport? Dit filmpje toont hoe dit in zijn werk gaat!

Webinar

Een stukje uit de webinar van 21-10-2015 over Clusters in Vlaanderen. Tine Van Lommel over de Sports.Tech - cluster, host: Katie Vandenbulck  

Sportfiguur Vlaams-Brabant

Schaatser Bart Swings is Vlaams-Brabants sportfiguur van 2015

Research run

LEUVEN / OUD-HEVERLEE - Op het industrieterrein van Haasrode vond donderdag de vierde editie van Research Run plaats, een loopwedstrijd waaraan alle werknemers van bedrijven in de industriezone kunnen deelnemen. Sports.Tech ging met de gouden medaille naar huis.

Sport Vlaanderen

Bloso wordt ‘Sport Vlaanderen’ vanaf 1 januari 2016. Die nieuwe naam is een volgende logische stap in de vernieuwingsoperatie die al een tijdje bezig is.

Sportinnovatiecongres

Zowat 600 creatieve sportievelingen verzamelden gisteren in het Bloso-centrum te Brugge voor het eerste Sportinnovatiecongres van Vlaanderen. De boeiende sprekers, de sportinnovatiemarkt en de 30 inspiratiesessies zetten de deelnemers aan het innoveren.

SportsTechLab

Hockey-living lab

Press Release

An overview of the projects of Sports.Tech

Projects Sports.Tech

An overview of the projects of Sports.Tech

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