Innovation projects

Innovative projects build a bridge between the worlds of science, technology and sport. The Hackdays and the Haskins Innovation Challenge are a legacy of the Winter Universiade 2021.

Sport Hackdays

The sports world and data scientists are working together to enable an innovative future for sport

During the Sport Hackdays in Lucerne (27 and 28 November 2021), sports organisations met up with data scientists and technology companies to cooperate on developing data-driven innovations for sport and fan engagement.

Prestigious challenge owners

The first Swiss Sports Hackdays, which were introduced as a lead-up to the Winter Universiade 2021, attracted strong interest. Challenges were submitted by prestigious organisations: Dartfish, Datahouse, Datasport, FC Servette, SwissOlympic, Swissski, Vorn, Watson and WSO.

The following list shows the challenges that were addressed here.

Around 100 people spent 36 hours working on these ten challenges, which had been prepared beforehand by the sport organisations and students from Lucerne University's Master's programme in Applied Information and Data Science.

The hacker teams for Challenge 6 and Challenge 9 were chosen as the winners.

The Sports Hackdays are part of the Hackathon series, which was organised by Lucerne University for the fourth time in 2021. Further information can be found here.

Haskins Innovation Challenge

The Haskins Innovation Challenge HIC is held every year and challenges participants to develop innovative solutions to the current and future challenges faced by the sports industry. The theme of this year’s challenge was 'Reinvent the multi-sport event of tomorrow'.

The Haskins Sport Society is a student association at the University of Lausanne that aims to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in the sports sector.

Following the kick-off in Lausanne on 16 October 2021, the participants were divided into two groups: the students from the University of Lucerne and all other participants. The objective was to draw up a concept for a large-scale multi-sport event. The concept was to include aspects such as sustainable implementation, innovation potential and innovative monitoring systems.

The five best teams from each group were selected to present their ideas live during the Winter Universiade. Due to the cancellation of the event, the presentations were held online on 15 December 2021. The finalists' presentations can be seen here.

This year's challenge was conducted in collaboration with the following partners: Haskins Sport Society, Swiss University Sports, Think Sport, FISU, University of Lausanne, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

Further information about the Haskins Innovation Challenge.