Please visit the presentation stage during the day to hear 10-15 minutes presentations focussing on sports innovation related subjects.

Presentation descriptions are added to the list below these days.


René Wijlens, General Manager at Sports & Technology and Executive Director at EPSI (European Platform for Sport and Innovation): 

International Sports Clustering for Innovation: Cluster Sports & Technology and EPSI’
The sports sector is an interesting breading area for innovative technology leading to new products, services and start-ups. The big societal issues of inactivity clearly need innovative solutions to stimulate sports and physical activity. In the past 10 years the sports innovation landscape has developed throughout Europe. Cluster Sports and Technology operating from the Brainport region in the Netherlands is the oldest and one of the larger sportinnovation clusters and as such member of EPSI, a European network of sports innovation organisations.


Tjerja Geerts, Partner at Business Innovation by Design and Co-Founder at Sport eXperience:

The future of sport trends
Sport has an enormous impact on our well-being. It increases the quality of our everyday life. New social and technological innovations make shifts happen in how we experience and practice our daily sports. The entire sports market will be disrupted. Change can be hard, but is necessary for sport businesses to thrive and survive. As a sports entrepreneur, do you know what are the most important trends and predictions on trends? And how they will affect the way we exercise, perform and experience sports?

This presentation shows you a glance of the most important trends and predictions for the (near) future. You will gain valuable new insights. Combined with the right innovation approach you will become the next successful entrepreneur to determine the future of sports.


Jakob Færch, Consultant at The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities:

How challenges in society can lead to new arenas for sport
The Danish Foundation for Sports and Cultural Facilities has as a front runner on a global level introduced innovative examples of double and triple functionality when developing environmental protection facilities in combination with sports and recreational functions. A growing active population, urbanization and new sports call for innovative strategies when developing sports facilities in the future.


Svend Elkjær, Director at Sports Marketing Network and Idræt på Tværs:

Think Wrong! How to develop an innovative and enterprise mindset and culture
As founder of the Sports Marketing Network, and its Danish sister enterprise, Idræt på Tværs IVS, Svend is widely regarded as one of the leading advocates for applying more innovation and enterprise if we are to deliver more vibrant, visible and viable community sport and physical activity.

To be really successful in community sport and physical activity we must engage the Head, Heart, Hands, and yes, Hormones! A plan without passion is just delusional, passion without a plan equals chaos. This is bringing together many bodies, institutions and people who previously did not engage with sport and who have no experience of working with sports and physical activity providers.

Svend’s presentation will cover how if you can get the Head, Heart, Hands and Hormones all working together, then you can make a real impact.


Daniel Minzari, Specialist Engineer at IPU:

Sports technology – buzzwords and opportunities!
Technology is paramount for sports, training, injury prevention, rehabilitation etc. The passion to improve performance among athletes feed the desire to acquire and implement the best equipment and technologies. Hence the sports technology market is a key driver for continued innovation and development of new technology.

However, sports technology is also known as magnet for fancy buzzwords such as nano, graphene, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, virtual reality etc. As a research based consultancy based at the Technical University of Denmark, IPU is in close contact with a range of polytechnic research areas. This presentation will describe some of the technologies behind the fancy buzzwords, and describe the opportunities and challenges behind them.


Dan Witzner Hansen, Associate Professor, Head of Eye Information Lab at IT University of Copenhagen, and Fabricio Batista Narcizo, PostDoc Student at IT University of Copenhagen:

The road to medals through eye tracking

The eyes play an important role in how we gather information and act. The way the eyes of an athlete move and how the athletes focus the gaze can have a huge impact on the performance and therefore also on whether the athlete wins a medal or not.

Eye tracking is a way to measure where a person is looking. The technology has shown great potential in many areas. Recent research shows that the technology can become very valuable when analyzing the performance of athletes. In this talk we will give an introduction to eye tracking, explain how it can be used in daily training of athletes. We will also present some recent results from our experiments with elite athletes.


Trine Brinch Sørensen, Managing Director at Virklund Sport:

Design and innovation – sports facilities of tomorrow

Designing the sports facilities of tomorrow is the main topic in this presentation.
Innovative multifunctional solutions for sports facilities in schools and sports halls are in high demand, especially when they are based on experience and knowledge regarding physical activity. With the knowledge of sports facilities, which we have achieved over the last 60 years, we are highly competent to advise on the design process, and we take the newest principles about physical activity and learning in consideration, when we create dynamical and innovative sports areas – indoors and outdoors.


Tony Motzfeldt, CEO at SHFT:

SHFT: AI is the future

SHFT is the world’s first virtual running coach providing real-time coaching, that guides the runner on how to run better, faster and with a reduced risk of injuries. SHFT collects and translates each runner’s data into a unique collection of running metrics, which are then converted into actionable and simple human coaching instructions through intelligent algorithms in the SHFT coaching engine.
SHFT and the future is AI (Artificial Intelligence) as we want to create a HER for runners.


Triple presentation from Team Danmark:

Head of Department Per Boldt Jørgensen:
Innovation in Team Danmark
Innovation is crucial in a competitive world – and what world is more competitive than that of elite sport! In Team Denmark innovation is an important strategic organizational goal. But how do we develop a strategic mindset about innovation among managers and employees that can shape a culture of innovation?

Performance Analyst Andreas Top Adler:
Everyday innovation – the small margins
All minor details matter. Everything that can be turned into an advantage will be taken into account. We are ready to go that extra mile even for elements that for the naked eye seems unimportant. If it could give us 1/100 of a second or centimeter at the finish line we will at least give it a shot.

Head of Department Knud Skadborg:
The National Elite Sports Center
Team Denmark and the National Olympic Committee will establish a National Elite Sports Center. The ambition is to develop a world-class innovation and development environment to help ensure Denmark’s competitiveness in international elite sports. Learn more about how Team Denmark with a National Elite Sports Center will create a performance cluster with strong links between elite sports, research and innovation.


More presentations to be announced…