The role of higher education has changed dramatically in recent decades. In addition to education and research, there is an increasing emphasis on the market utilization of research results, ie technology and knowledge transfer, the expansion of social and corporate collaborations, and last but not least, the support of startups. University incubators, accelerators and innovation centers give impetus to emerging Hungarian university students. and develops an innovative, artificial intelligence-based performance analysis solution for sailors. The solution developed by the startup is an innovative telemetry system that supports the learning process of those who want to sail and the work of sailing competitors / coaches, which records the constantly changing values of the ship and environmental factors and analyzes them in real time. Computerworld asked them about this:
CW: Why is it important to participate in such a program?
Fastrrr: Both the location and equipment of the Z10 provide a good foundation for innovation. It has a well-equipped laboratory, workshop and in the community area you can share your experience with others over a coffee. Due to its hardware focus, the community office fills a gap across the country, not just a large room with empty tables.
CW: What gave the idea
Fastrrr: 3 out of 5 founders have a serious sailing history, but in private, due to their technical attitude, everyone has a technical background. works in the field. Thus, by combining these two fields of expertise, we want to develop a unique analysis system and thus help other sailors and competitors.
CW: Which companies do they cooperate with in this?
Fastrrr: Basically we develop almost everything ourselves from hardware to analysis software. We are working with a sole proprietor on the development of the data analysis website itself.
CW: What is expected in the area for which the development was made?
Fastrrr: It is now clear that the competitive level of sailing has also shifted towards data-driven decisions. In other sports, solutions based on various big data have already gained ground for riders, but these have not yet become widespread in sailing. Currently, on most sailboats, the instruments focus only on displaying the most basic instantaneous data, the user does not receive real feedback on its performance. For sailors, however, one of the most important things is what boat and sail settings are required under certain circumstances to achieve the highest speed available. For this reason, participants in top-of-the-line sailing competitions (America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Vendee Globe) already use similar solutions, but typically the teams develop the tools and procedures to do so themselves. Operators are able to provide tailor-made solutions to participants in similar series of competitions that are not suitable for mass application, mainly due to their goods and complexity.
CW: What are the other plans?
Fastrrr: For the time being, we are continuously measuring and collecting a lot of data on sailing ships. In the future, as data owners, we want to sell the data through analysis.
According to a study of more than 150 university incubators and almost 900 companies in higher education institutions businesses created and cared for produce more jobs and more sales than new business initiatives developed outside universities. Thanks to the global trend, many universities are working to enhance their entrepreneurial and innovation capabilities, with notable programs such as MIT (delta v), Stanford (Y Combinator), UC Berkeley (SkyDeck), Harvard (Innovation Lab) ) and Georgia Tech (CREATE-X). UBI Global, an international organization of university business incubators, also ranks higher education business development centers.
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