TAIPEI CITY, Aug 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — HYPE Foundation, a global platform that connects and invests in sports innovation, is proud to announce that ChaseWind has won the “Sports Innovation (SPIN) Final” competition at Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade Games. The competition crowned the most innovative sports startup, chosen by a jury of leading figures from  FISU, (The International University Sports Federation),  University of Taipei, Yahoo, Acer and more. The competition took place at the Universiade’s  2017 FISU World Conference on Development through Sport. An additional partner and prize-giver was Global Sports Innovation Center powered by Microsoft. This competition is a part of series of Global Sports Innovation Competitions that HYPE Foundation is conducting in 2017, alongside major sports events, including the NFL Draft and UEFA Champions League Final.       

The Jury Panel and HYPE Foundation together with winner “ChaseWind” (Photography by 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade Conference Organizing Committee) (PRNewsfoto/HYPE Foundation)

FISU is collaborating with the HYPE Foundation and host this competition as an important step in the direction of fully supporting the potential of university sport as a vehicle for technology transfer, innovation and job creation. This is a key mission for a federation which is tightly connected with the community of students-athletes and aims at promoting excellence in mind and body.

The winner, ChaseWind, have designed cycling smart glasses which provide a HUD interface, health management software, video streaming, and cloud services. Their vision is to create a healthy and joyful lifestyle for people, and they are dedicated to inspiring communities to create a smart and convenient world.

The top ten innovative sports startups from around the world were chosen to pitch their companies in the competition, which was also broadcasted LIVE on social media. The SPIN Final jury was led by, Prof. Paolo Bouquet from the University of Trento and FISU expert, Mr. Leopold SenghorFISU Vice-President and Vice-Chair of the Education Committee, along with Mr. Simon Hsu, Project Director, BYOC Smart Products at Acer Inc.,Lily Kuan, Director of Yahoo Taiwan E-Commerce Account Development Prof. Li-Ju Chen and Prof. Tim T. Y. Ting from the University of Taipei and Mr. Mike Laflin, CEO of Sportcal.

HYPE Foundation CEO, Amir Raveh noted: “The SPIN Final at Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade was a great success as it incorporated the influencing bodies that together can transform the sports innovation world – academia, sports athletes, brands and startups with new innovations led by the young generation!”