Martin O’Reilly and Darragh Whelan

Performance feedback app for athletes wins UCD commercialisation award

Pictured: Martin O’Reilly and Darragh Whelan

17 December 2015

A mobile app for providing athletes, clinicians and research scientists with movement analysis data has won the 2015 UCD Data Science Innovation Sprint Programme.

Developed by Martin O’Reilly and Darragh Whelan, PhD students at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, the Android app is paired with a sensor to provide rapid movement analysis directly to the end users. It also allows runners to continually update a library of their movement patterns through an automatic built-in classification tool.

The winners were presented with a €1,000 prize fund to assist them to further develop the business idea, as it was judged to have the most commercial potential.

Using the acquired data the application can then be used by runners to prevent overtraining, through a warning signal system; to provide biomechancial feedback and analysis and to provide direct feedback on performance based on inputted goals, through easy to understand feedback.

The UCD Data Science Innovation Sprint Programme is a one-day initiative designed and delivered by UCD’s technology transfer and enterprise development teams at NovaUCD.

Brendan Cremen, UCD director of enterprise and commercialisation, said: “I would like to congratulate Darragh and Martin on winning the 2015 UCD Data Science Innovation Sprint Award. This early-stage business idea to develop a tablet application providing quick and cost effective performance feedback to runners has the potential to make a significant impact in the sport industry in Ireland and internationally.

“Our objective with the Sprint Programmes is to engage with UCD researchers at an earlier stage in the commercialisation process, in an exciting and fun environment, and to use internal and external experts to assist them in understanding and defining more clearly the commercial potential of the outputs emerging from their research activities.”

The 2015 UCD Data Science Innovation Sprint Programme judging panel consisted of Eamonn May, a business mentor; Ryan Meshes, a technical evangelist at Microsoft, and Brendan Cremen.

This is the fifth one-day Innovation Sprint Programme delivered at UCD. Four other programmes focused on agrifood, cleanweb, engineering and life science business.

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