iXpole finalist at the Anoeta Smart Stadium Competition

On July 13, 2018 Real Sociedad de Fútbol launched the “Sports Thinkers Smart Stadium” contest in partnership with Global Sports Innovation Center (GSIC) powered by Microsoft.

This contest aims at detecting and selecting the best innovative technology startups to support the digital transformation of the Anoeta smart stadium that is currently under construction. Applications closed on September 21, 2018.

From the total of applications a jury selected 25 pre-finalists who were invited to pitch their solutions/concepts to a jury. Pitches took place on Oct 8-10.

Based on this pitch the jury selected 11 finalists who are invited to participate in an immersion week at the club’s facilities in San Sebastian (Nov 4-7). During this immersion the finalists will meet senior management and staff of the club. The aim is to understand their expectations and challenges. At the end of the week, there will be a final pitch at the Anoeta stadium to select the winner of the “Sport Thinkers Smart Stadium”. The winner(s) will pilot its/their solution at the stadium.

iXpole was selected as one of the 11 finalists and will be participating to the immersion week at Anoeta.

We are so excited we have been selected as a finalist. iXpole is a very complete and all-encompassing solution. Our software assists clubs with their business process automation and therefore requires a true dialogue with the club. Being able now to participate in the immersion week gives us confidence that Real Sociedad will have sufficient time to understand the total span of our solution and all related benefits for the club and, more importantly, for its business partners.

Joeri Vlemmings, co-founder iXpole

Real Sociedad de Fútbol S.A.D: is a Spanish soccer club, from the city of San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, which plays in the First Division of Spain. It was founded on September 7, 1909. The first team, disputes its home matches in the Anoeta Stadium, with a capacity for 32,076 spectators.

The Real Sociedad is one of only nine clubs that have been proclaimed champions of the First Division National League Championship, with two consecutive titles in the 1980/81 and 1981/82 seasons, in addition to three other runners-up. It occupies the eighth historical position of the championship and showed between 1980 and 2018, the record in the competition of 32 consecutive days unbeaten in a same season.

More information: www.realsociedad.eus

Global Sports Innovation Center (GSIC):is a business cluster powered by Microsoft Sport Team that gathers all kind of sports entities (clubs, federation, associations), institutions, tech-companies from start-ups to enterprises, research organizations, investors and key figures of sport industry to improve its value chain. We focus our activities and services on 4 main pillars: entrepreneurship, business network, applied research and showcase. With headquarters based in Madrid, GSIC now has more than 200 partners in 29 countries around the world.

Read more at: http://sport-gsic.com


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About Luc

Luc is Business Development Manager at iXpole. Luc is on the constant lookout for ways to grow the iXpole community. This means of course a lot of evangelisation with sports clubs, fixed venue event operators and other potential users of the platform. Aside from that Luc also forges strategic partnerships of all kinds and looks after our marketing and communication.

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