Second annual Sportradar Innovation Challenge builds on last year’s success

Second annual Sportradar Innovation Challenge builds on last year’s success

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Posted by Michael Lawson
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The teams were assigned the task of inventing a sports data-related product.

Sportradar, a global leader in understanding and leveraging the power of sports data, has announced “team RevolutION” as the winners of the Innovation Challenge 2017, the latest edition of its mentorship and innovation programme for students in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana.

Now in its second year, Sportradar’s Innovation Challenge brings together a group of aspiring young innovators for one month to develop ideas based on sports data use. The challenge this year was to develop a product and business model that would reinvent the way sports data is consumed.

Sportradar once again teamed up with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana (FEUL) to run the programme. This year saw seven teams made up of 23 innovative students from five different faculties join the challenge at the application phase in September.

The winning team, made up of students with backgrounds in computer and information science, also collected a €4000 cheque for their troubles.

Sportradar’s Malte Siegle, Head of University and Research Program and Innovation Challenge mentor, said: “Team RevolutION made effective use of Sportradar’s data sets together with its portfolio of live streams and betting odds information. It was good to see an idea that has the potential to significantly change the way fans experience and engage with esports come to life.

“We are very happy with the performance of all teams. It was a real close call and we had intense discussions about who was awarded as the winner. The purpose of the Challenge is to uncover and provide a platform for the next generation of sports data experts, so we are already really looking forward to next year’s edition.”

Meanwhile, Sportradar’s Director of Communication Alex Inglot told “Team RevolutION convinced our Jury by tapping into the rapidly growing market of eSports, proposing a solution that will support bookmakers in the acquisition and retention of these new gamer punters, tying in eSports streaming platforms to further extend the interest of the eSports fans.

"Being a strategic partner of ESL and DOJO Madness, Sportradar is committed to further strengthening its market leading position in the area through continuous innovation moving forward and we are happy to have young enthusiasts and future business professionals innovate together with us.

“Sportradar recognises the added value various types of strategic partnerships bring to the process of innovation. Innovation Challenges and the broader R&D cooperation with universities and students are part of the innovation alliance built by Sportradar with the aim to bring together partners with mutual interests to innovate and grow together.

“To stay at the cutting edge of the industry, it is essential to expand beyond company borders and we do so not only by cooperating with universities and students, but also by establishing close innovation-focused ties with our customers, startups and other innovation partners.”

Totally Gaming says: The annual Innovation Challenge is an excellent way for Sportradar to identify the finest local talent. It also provides a platform for bright young computing students to put their skills to the test in a team-work environment. Mutually beneficial indeed.

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