Berlin and Göttingen to become the first smart sport pilot cities

Article posted on 29.07.2016

SMART SPORT is a project by the German Olympic Sports Association (DOSB) and DOSB’s German Sport Youth, focusing on developing and using smart assistance and knowledge services for teenagers and young adults who want to exercise in urban or rural areas – informally and organised by themselves, in addition to existing club and sport offerings from commercial providers.

Funding to implement this idea was provided by the Cola Foundation in Atlanta (USA), which supported the project and enabled a multi-year rollout in Germany as part of its global CSR activities. The first pilot cities have now been found in Göttingen and Berlin, where smart services for smartphones and tablets using methods such as augmented reality technologies and AI will be tested over the coming months.

It is also very encouraging that the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin and its professorship of sport didactics and teaching research has gained an exceptional researcher in the shape of Prof. Katja Schmitt, who will be aiding SMART SPORT with didactical implementation and in particular didactical visualisation. The HU Berlin is thus planning for a joint work unit and also two SMART SPORT curriculum courses in the 2016/17 winter semester. The test phase will run until March 2017, and other cities will be added over the coming months. The official national launch of SMART SPORT will be at the German Gymnastics Festival in Berlin.