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”).
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.