This celebrates the use of innovative technology in extreme sports including but not limited to equipment, apparel, wearables, training hardware and image capture (POV cameras and drones) etc.
Entries in this category may not be entered into the Equipment or Wearable category.
Judges will review entries on the following criteria
- What is the market for this technology
- What need does the entry meet and how does it do so effectively
- To what degree is the technology unique and innovative or, where there is competing technology, how is the entry’s technology superior (e.g. easier to use, more accessible, more rigorous etc.)
- Does the technology make sound commercial sense (e.g. how scalable is the tech, what is its potential for growth and to what degree can it disrupt the existing market etc.)
- Quantitative and qualitative data supporting the entry (e.g. stats and third-party endorsements)
If you are interested in entering the Extreme Sports category here’s some more information on why it has been included in this year’s Sports Technology Awards.
The world of extreme sports has been developing at a great pace and it is exciting to see how technology in extreme sports has kept pace with the demands placed upon it.
The reach of extreme sports is wide but with the core disciplines of BMX, inline skating, motocross, mountain biking, skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding, surfing, wakeboarding and windsurfing, the demand for technology in each sport is evident.
The metrics by which athletes are judged differ from mainstream sports insofar as things like artistic interpretation, vertical drop and sheer survival are central to success. However, extreme sports, as much as any other, rely on understanding athlete fitness, movement, preparation, and the best kit available. The need – and desire – amongst athletes for tech innovation is huge and it can be said, without exaggeration, that innovation in extreme sports can be genuinely lifesaving
Extreme sports are naturally impressive, our judges are looking forward to seeing how this branch of the sports sector is evolving.
The work which makes the shortlist is invariably world-class and visionary, so we are excited to be showcasing this at the Sports Technology Awards ceremony. This will take place on 6th May, 2021, at The Londoner Hotel, on London’s iconic Leicester Square.