TAIPEI, August 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- University of Taipei and FISU, (The International University Sports Federation) joined the HYPE Foundation, a global platform that connects and invests in sports innovation, to conduct a global "Sports Innovation (SPIN) Final" competition. The news was officially announced yesterday, (August 3rd) during a press conference held at the University of Taipei. The SPIN Final will focus on disruptive innovations across all sports sectors and will take place on August 27, as part of the 2017 FISU World Conference on Development through Sport in the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade Games. This competition will feature ten competing startups from all over the world, including Chinese Taipei, that will compete for first place. The winner will receive the grand prize - free one year membership at the Global Sports Innovation Center powered by Microsoft. Guests are invited to secure their seats here by August 15, 2017.
The press conference provided overview of the FISU World Conference on Development through Sport in the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade, led by Dr. Hsia-Ling Tai, the President of the University of Taipei and also the Chairperson of the FISU Conference Organizing Committee. The conference will feature leading speakers from olympic athletes, academy, global sports federations, and will host the SPIN Final.
President Tai said: "We gladly welcome HYPE Foundation to participate in 2017 FISU World Conference on Development through Sport. I am personally excited to see how sports technology comes together with academic research. I also appreciate that Hype Foundation brings this great opportunity to the Conference and it is going to be once-in-a-lifetime event for all of us."
The HYPE Foundation's Global SPIN Final competition will take part in the opening day of "2017 FISU World Conference on Development through Sport" and will emphasize how innovation is rapidly changing and transforming the world of sports as we know it. After the conference Opening Ceremony, a networking and poster session will be conducted, where top sports innovative companies will showcase their products. Then the main competition will take place; ten chosen startups from six countries will pitch their products on stage and the esteemed jury will choose the "Most Innovative Startup in the World of Sports" for Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade games.
The jury panel that will select the SPIN Final winner, will include the Head of Jury, Prof. Paolo Bouquet from the University of Trento and FISU expert, Mr. Leopold Senghor, FISU Vice-President and Vice-Chair of the Education Committee, along with Mr. Simon Hsu, Project Director, BYOC Smart Products at Acer Inc., Prof. Li-Ju Chen and Prof. Tim T. Y. Ting from the University of Taipei and Mr. Mike Laflin, CEO of Sportcal.
"It is a great privilege to be working alongside the HYPE Foundation and evaluating the ever-changing world of sport in closer detail. In FISU, we are excited and intrigued to see the entries that have made it to the SPIN Final," said FISU President Oleg Matytsin. "As part of FISU's mission to include educational and cultural aspects alongside sporting events, joining the HYPE Foundation in this competition is a natural fit for our organisations. We are always looking to our university students, as leaders of tomorrow, for ideas, and innovation in sporting technology and governance."
FISU was founded in 1949, to ensure the organisation of Summer and Winter Universiades every two years. Working with national federations and directly with universities all over the world, FISU also delivers a wide range of World Championships, World University League, educational and cultural events.
University of Taipei, being the oldest university in Chinese Taipei, established since 1895, University of Taipei (UT) with over a hundred years of history in education has been contributing plentiful influential achievements in the development of sport.
HYPE Foundations' CEO, Amir Raveh noted: "Conducting the global SPIN Final in the Universiade games is an exciting milestone for us at HYPE, to advance our mission to promote innovation in sports. Since both Sports and Innovation are being developed and improved by students in academies worldwide - this event will allow us to not only push the human body limits, but also explore new frontiers of technology."
As a reference, watch the highlights of the former SPIN Final alongside UEFA Champions League Final held in June 2017: https://goo.gl/VbjCSz
About HYPE Foundation:
The HYPE Foundation formed the largest sports innovation ecosystem with over 26,000 leaders and key decision makers in the field of sports, including sports and tech global brands, academia, investors and startups. HYPE initiates global competitions, teaming up with Google Asics, Microsoft, and Sky Sports among others. In 2017 HYPE Foundation have conducted global Sports Innovation (SPIN) Final events alongside the NFL Draft, UEFA Champions league finals, and additional competitions to be held alongside major global sports events. HYPE is forming acceleration programs and running the TOP 50 Program, that incorporate the most innovative startups in the world of sports. HYPE Foundation is the impact division of MG Equity partners, (EMGI), a British investment house, operating since 2003, a Member of the IHUB.EU - A European Union organization.
For more information visit: www.hype-foundation.org
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