Curtain closes on Tallinn’s ‘amazing’ Innovation Challenge

Saturday saw the fourth edition of the Innovation Challenge in Tallinn, Estonia, with students and recent graduates from a host of countries competing to create innovative solutions and ideas using Sportradar data.

This year’s challenge, the first to be held in the Estonian capital, saw a record attendance and more than 15 nationalities represented in total, with teams working alongside Sportradar mentors before pitching their ideas ahead of the winning team announcement and the awarding of cash prizes.

First prize went to GaMo, which consisted of Annett Saarik and Grete Pärtel and involved an idea focused around the growing esports market while the runners-up spot was claimed by BetBot (Dermanşah Hazar Ersoy Yalın, Caner Pehlivan, MD Musa Howlander and Emre Arslan) and their betting chat bot.

Jalal Sadigli and Putri Wimasagung formed team J&P and gained third place after presenting their idea for a device to connect professional sport teams with their fans.

During the day-long event, teams were challenged to apply their creativity to solve real life problems and identify possible opportunities in the world of sports data, with the Head of Sportradar’s University and Research Program Dr. Malte Siegle, full of praise for the participants.

“We had a huge number of participants and a lot of innovative ideas. The spirit of the whole group was amazing with everyone collaborating together,” he commented.

Mentors and industry experts were available to support with guidance and direction and, in addition to learning and networking opportunities, the event offered participants the potential for future internships and careers with Sportradar – a route followed by former Innovation Challenge winners Zlata Ribica.

This year’s highly anticipated Innovation Challenge was made possible through the support of local partners including two of the leading universities in Estonia – TalTech (Tallinn University of Technology) and the Tallinn University.

“As a university, we are really interested in industry cooperation because we can provide students with real life opportunities,” stated Start-Up Hub Manager Katre Purga from the Innovation and Business Centre Mektory Tallinn. “It’s a great way to motivate young people.”

For more information on Sportradar and future Innovation Challenge announcements please visit challenges.sportradar.com.

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