Yoveo Wins for Sports Technology Agency of the Year at the 2018 Yahoo Sports Technology Awards

Yoveo won big at the Yahoo Sports Technology Awards in London, taking home the prize for Sports Technology Agency of the Year. Yoveo won the award based on its use of iRewind’s mass personalized video technology at the UBS Kids Cup. This award comes after the project garnered the bronze prize for Innovation at the Best of Swiss Web Awards.

Highlights from the UBS Kids Cup personalized video finisher clips

Every year throughout Switzerland, the UBS Kids cup brings together over 130,000 children to participate in more than 850 track and field events. Yoveo’s award-winning project included UBS volunteers filming thousands of minutes of film of the athletes who ran the 60-meter sprint. The film was then transformed into personalized videos through iRewind’s technology. Each personalized video features close-up shots of the child and her sprint in normal speed and slow motion.

Best of all, each child’s performance was presented by the Swiss athletics star, Mujinga Kambundji, as well as a popular sports announcer. Shortly after the run, the videos were uploaded to the cloud, allowing participants to watch their videos on-site on iPads and also at home.

The “finisher clips” were also published to UBS Athletics Fan Corner platform, giving participants a personalized memory of their accomplishment as well as a digital souvenir to share with friends and family. The entire production and delivery process is fully automated, enabling a near-to-live delivery of the race videos.

“We’re honored to win for Sports Technology Agency of the Year. Yoveo is proud to provide technology solutions for projects such as the UBS Kids Cup. We think it’s an excellent example of how personalized videos can deliver lasting, sharable memories for participants and event organizers alike. This award stands as a testament that Yoveo’s clients can accomplish great things with iRewind’s personalized video technology.” commented Marco Demont, the co-owner of Yoveo.

The Yahoo Sports Technology Awards reward innovation in all areas of the sports industry. Founded in 2014, the Awards were the first initiative to celebrate the hugely influential force of sports technology as well as the changes such technologies bring about.

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iRewind and Yoveo Win Bronze Prize for Innovation at the Best of Swiss Web Awards 2018

iRewind and Yoveo took home the bronze prize for innovation at the Best of Swiss Web Awards 2018 that were held at the Samsung Hall in Dübendorf, Switzerland. Out of the 86 submissions that were shortlisted, iRewind and Yoveo won the award based on the use of personalized mass video technology furnished by iRewind at the UBS Kid’s Cup.

Every year throughout Switzerland, the UBS Kid’s cup brings together over 130,000 children to participate in more than 850 track and field events. The award-winning project included thousands of minutes of recorded film that were automatically personalized for individuals who ran the 60-meter sprint. The photos and “finisher clips” – as the personalized videos are called – were published to UBS’s Athletics Fan Corner platform, giving participants a personalized memory of their accomplishment as well as a digital souvenir to share with friends and family.

Marco Demont, owner of iRewind and Yoveo, comments, “Winning the bronze prize for innovation is a great accomplishment for Yoveo and iRewind. Faced with such impressive competition, we are happy to be among the best that the Swiss ICT industry has to offer. The UBS Kid’s Cup is an excellent example of how personalized videos can deliver lasting, sharable memories.”

Best of Swiss Web aims to promote the use of e-business and Internet technologies in Swiss companies and to set binding quality standards for the Swiss ICT industry.

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Switzerland Marathon light: Combining Finisher-Clips and Virtual Reality

Since 2014, Viktor Röthlin, European Champion of the Marathon in Barcelona 2010, has been organizing the “Switzerland Marathon light” in Sarnen, Switzerland. This year the competition “Beat Vik” was launched.

The concept: Viktor Röthlin starts time-staggered to other participants and rolls-up the field from behind. Winners are those participants he doesn’t overtake.

This year, iRewind provided two video innovations. On the one hand, iRewind produced 2’170 finisher videos with its own video cloud product iRewind. Since publishing the finisher videos on the organizer’s website more than 5’000 videos have been watched within a short time; around 40% of these were distributed on mobile devices.

The latest feature: iRewind can also be shared via WhatsApp, which overtook Facebook and Twitter as sharing option.

iRewind also provided a world first: a complete semi-marathon was produced as a Virtual Reality (VR) video. Why is this exciting? The VR-Cam (“Isostar-Cam”) accompanied Viktor Röthlin during his entire race. This allowed the participants to review the race and analyze the moment when they were overtaken by Viktor Röthlin. The VR video was published on YouTube and embedded on the organizer’s website, including the finisher clips.