FAI Partnership With Max Polyakov’s Noosphere Ventures Begins To Bear Fruit

by Emily on October 26, 2017

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February 2017 marked the commencement of strategic partnership between FAI and Noosphere Ventures with Max Polyakov at the heart of the process. Max Polyakov, managing partner of Noosphere Ventures, Head of FAI Fritz Brink and his colleague Susanne Schödel concluded the exclusive collaboration contract. Its primary scope is to improve and digitalise the result scoring system, operational and data management of FAI, a body that is currently more than 110 years old.

When interviewed about the development, Max Polyakov said that Noosphere Ventures is as excited as they could be to begin this collaboration and revolutionize the sports world with tech innovations.

Noosphere Ventures have so far developed the Cup Navigator – the scoring software that was tested at World Games 2017 in a Polish city Wroclaw. The program is destined to make the score counting automatic and help make use of data in more efficient ways. FAI was able to check how the software works at as many as 3 events. Given the fact that the performance of the software was impeccable, it will be used in many more events in the future. Moreover, Max Polyakov has collaborated with EOS to introduce new Platform (“Макс Поляков рассказал, на что способна новая EOS Platform”).

Image credit: noosphereventures.com

Max Polyakov is excited to be able tо bring more digital innovation into the sphere of air sports. The everlasting issue with scoring the performance of airplanes or balloons is that it is very difficult to do for human judges when the competing item is high in the sky. The new software is designed to help the judges measure and assess performance more effectively, and thus make the competitions more transparent and fair.

Noosphere Ventures representative said that the collaboration between them and FAI began over 4 years ago and that it has been a long time since they have wanted to expand their collaboration and come up with more innovative solutions for ballooning and paragliding. All of their team including Max Polyakov, are more than content to see the recent developments in the World Games.

Noosphere Ventures was also in charge of redesigning the website for Air Sports Games. They added a lot of new and useful features like events schedules, athlete biographies and improved navigation and usability.

This last event in Poland has shown that athletes are now happier with the scoring results. Such improvements may potentially result in audience growth, which is something that Max Polyakov,  Noosphere Ventures and FAI are all very much hoping for. They also hope that such initiative will encourage other sports and the companies to collaborate in an effort to make sports more computerized and thus deprived of human error.

Meanwhile, Noosphere Ventures and Max Polyakov are working on digitising other sports. They are attracting younger talents to such work that will help them showcase their talents and at the same time boost technological progress. Noosphere hosted a hackathon challenge earlier this year, with young inventors and engineers presenting their best ideas for scoring ballooning and other air sports competitions. The winners (there were 3 winning teams) will be testing their inventions at the upcoming FAI Ballooning Competitions.

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Robert Simmons January 31, 2018 at 12:07

The fact that Noosphere Ventures has developed the Cup Navigator is a good thing, and hearing that Max Polyakov, through Noosphere Ventures is going to revolutionize the sports world with technological innovations. The future seems bright!


Angelic Odem January 31, 2018 at 13:38

I understand that the software that was developed was already tested at World Games 2017 in Wroclaw. I think that what Max Polyakov has done will have a great impact by the world of sport as we know it. Nice to see that it runs impeccable and it will be used in further events to come.


Gerda Sutherlin February 1, 2018 at 07:55

The fact that Max Polyakov has brought digital innovation to the sphere of air sports is cool and I embrace it with open arms. I thought that there was always an issue with scoring the performance of certain airplanes or balloons, and, hopefully, this will no longer be the case.


Flo Doverspike February 2, 2018 at 10:21

I understand that the last event in Poland has made it clear that athletes are now happier with the scoring results. I always thought that some of the results in the past were a bit off, but with the partnership between Max Polyakov and FAI, this will not be the case anymore.


Victor Kaze February 2, 2018 at 11:21

It is great to hear that Max Polyakov and Noosphere Ventures are now working on digitizing other sports. This will boost technological progress and will determine other people to turn their attention towards the sports in cause. I wish this team the best of luck in the future.


Regena Manley February 5, 2018 at 07:16

I am a longtime fan of air sports, and to read that finally a company, in the person of Max Polyakov is now entering the game in an effort to change it for the best makes me happy. I can’t wait to see what will the future hold for this wonderful sport and I wish them well!


Max Martin February 5, 2018 at 10:31

Innovation, progress and technology. These are the three words that pop into my head now that I have read that Max Polyakov has set up a partnership with FAI. I myself was once a competitor in Air Sports and now that this partnership is on the line, I am considering to return, just for fun.


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