ACCELERATE “Connecting Sport and Innovation” a Real Success

The ACCELERATE Workshop concluded last week at the Swiss Tech Convention Centre, Lausanne, after two very interesting days of meetings and discussions between various international sports organisations (ISOs), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), various media experts and promising technology start-ups. 

ACCELERATE, organised by AISTS, Innovaud and CVCI, was executed for the first time in 2015 as an exclusive innovation and sports workshop with the goal to address the specific needs in sport.  The second edition of ACCELERATE was organised in collaboration with WAN-IFRA, EPFL+ECAL Lab and Stockholm School of Economics and focused on addressing the need for enhancing public engagement in and through sports. To understand the said needs, AISTS published a study after interviewing more than 30 ISOs and media experts. The questions touched upon aspects of specific ISO needs, technological inovations that could act as enablers for these needs, and how the media agencies could adapt to integrate the aforementioned and better engage the public. The study was distributed to the attendees of the event one week prior as a precursor to the workshop discussions.

The workshop kicked-off on the evening of 1st February with a welcome addressed by Canton of Vaud, and City of Lausanne, Innovaud and AISTS. The welcome was followed by a panel discussion with experts and a cocktail dinner. Day 2 saw an early start with a welcome coffee, followed by the presentation of the study conducted by the AISTS. This was followed by 3 keynote speeches addressed by Steinar Bjørlykke (NRK Mid-Norway), Robert Overweg (Triple/Beyond Sports) and Nicolas Henchoz (EPFL+ECAL Lab). The first half of the morning was concluded with a short session which established the needs of International Federations (IFs).

The second part of the morning was dedicated to parallel workshops with start-ups. The 3 sessions were on the topics of Wearable Technology, Content Creation and Enhancing Fan Experience. These sessions were designed to provide a platform for open exchange of ideas and opinions between the ISOs and various start-ups working in the respective field of the topics. The start-ups included names like GaitUp (motion analysis), Finity (media intelligence) and VOGO (mobile technology) amongst other.

Marta Klincewicz, Head of Sport Technology Intelligence at AISTS and event organiser said,

It was great to bring all the key actors together and to discuss the key challenges and needs in the area of public engagement and media in sports. It was a unique opportunity for the international sport organisations, start-ups and media to connect and exchange with a common objective in mind – improving experiences offered to spectators of sporting events. We look forward to the interesting new collaborations and projects resulting from this workshop.

A post event report will be distributed to all participants with all key findings and results from the workshop in the next coming weeks.  For more information go to or contact Marta Klincewicz

About the AISTS

The AISTS (International Academy of Sports Science and Technology) was founded in 2000 by the International Olympic Committee, EPFL, University of Lausanne, University of Geneva, IMD Business School, Ecole Hôteliere de Lausanne, City of Lausanne and Canton of Vaud. A not-for-profit foundation, the AISTS is committed to professionalising sports management through continuing education, applied research and an engaging platform for industry connections.

About Innovaud

Innovaud is the access key to innovation in the Canton of Vaud. Innovaud helps innovative startups and SMEs, based in Vaud, by putting them rapidly in contact with the right person in order to concretise their potential if they need hosting, financing, coaching and /or promotion.

About the CVCI

The CVCI (Chambre Vaudoise du Commerce et de l’Industrie) is an independent association that represents companies from all economic sectors and whose aim is to defend their political interests. It provides numerous services, among which networking opportunities, training and access to firsthand economic information.


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