Sports without borders conference, Melbourne 2015

sports-without-borders2If you like sport, what it can do for our communities and how its growing and changing (esp. with technology) then this conference might be for you.

Sports without borders conference

Friday, 1 May, 2015 – Moonee Ponds, Melbourne.

I’m not Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, but… Stop. Think. Change.”

The 2015 National Community Sports Conference, hosted by Sports Without Borders and Our Community, brings together the complete picture – sportspeople, club officials, volunteers, policymakers, government funders, federal and local government workers, peak bodies, and sports administrators. 

People from different cultural backgrounds, people who speak English as a second language, girls and women, gay people and people with disabilities face the challenges of being “outsiders” at sports clubs across Australia.

Discrimination in sport needs to be addressed and this conference brings debate, discussion and deliberation on some of the challenges sporting communities face to become more inclusive.

This conference will provide the inspiration and the practical support to ensure sports participants, administrators, volunteers and supporters have the tools they need to make our sports clubs the most inclusive in the world.

Key takeaways:

  • How to get more people involved in your club
  • How to foster an ethical and inclusive framework without compromising a winning spirit
  • Meet people who care about what you care about
  • Get inspiration for the year ahead
  • How to use social media to recruit and retain players and supporters
  • How to raise money without burning out your members

Our panel of speakers:

  • Master of Ceremonies: Paul Kennedy (Host of ABC Contact Sport and ABC Breakfast)
  • James Demetriou (Chairperson, Sports Without Borders)
  • Hon John Eren (Victorian Minister for Sport) – TBC
  • Dr Tim Soutphommasane (Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner)
  • Dr Emma Sherry (La Trobe University)
  • Professor Russell Hoye (La Trobe University)
  • Jenny Brockie (Journalist and host of SBS’s Insight program)
  • Shaun Burgoyne (Indigenous Hawthorn Football Club three-time premiership player)
  • Jason Ball (Government Liaison and Project Officer, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre)
  • Dr Pippa Grange (Director, Bluestone Edge)
  • Rita Panahi (Media commentator, 1116 SEN Radio Host)
  • Jenni Cole (CEO, Disability Sports Australia)
  • Craig Hill (Executive Director, ASTN)
  • Andrew Walton (Director, Sales & Marketing, Interact Sport)
  • Patrick Moriarty (Fundraising specialist, Institute of Community Directors Australia)
  • Maria Dimopoulos (Managing Director, Myriad Consultants)
  • Patrick Skene (Director, Sport & Media, Red Elephant Projects
  • Peter Downs (National Manager, Play by the Rules)
  • Athalia Zwartz (Executive Officer, Initiatives of Change Australia)

The Q&A Panel Session returns with another hot topic: “What is the Cost to Sport?”

The Australian Sports Technologies Network will provide a Sports Tech expo with new and exciting gadgets.

SABEL Sense turns 1!

SABEL-Sense_rayIt was about a year ago that through an Enterprise Innovation fund at Griffith University we were able to crystallise a decade of research and *cough* mistakes into a modular, flexible inertial sensor module, together with an accompanying toolbox for Matlab (with video tools etc..). Somewhere between a research prototype and finished product SABEL Sense was something sufficiently finished to enable trialing of ideas and applications to sports and health, yet not so constrained that it couldn’t be customised readily. To date we have formed partnerships with over 7 universities and used SABEL Sense internally on a host of PhD and IAP (our version of honours research projects) as well as to develop solutions for a mass market fitness sensor (see the partnership with Jaybird).

Earlier this year we sat down to map the way forward and have now locked Ray in the dungeon to work on some addons including a GPS module, a bioamplifier (for EMG and ECG), wireless range extension, high rate sensors and also maybe even give the micro a bit more power too.

Keep up the good work Ray!

Find out more about SABEL Sense 

Congratulations Prof. Thiel, Sports Engineering gets a leg up from 30 years of Innovation at Griffith University

david-thielWe love sports engineering here at Griffith Univesity, we’ve been doing it long enough we didn’t even know we could call it that when we got stared. Early on we’ve hear the naysayers ‘Sport and Engineering….yeah but its not real Engineering’ but carried on regardless and now its quite well know (See top 50 thinkers in Queensland). We’d been researching in biomedical engineering for many years and in the early 2000’s had through a cooperative research centre the opportunity to work with sport at the elite level and produce a few new sports technologies along the way. It turns the programme leader Prof David Thiel also founded Engineering at Griffith University just a decade earlier….thats innovation for you! We built the bulk of our sports engineering work from this electronics and micro electronics engineering. It turns out that the IEEE was founded in Queensland just a decade earlier than tht, also by Prof Thiel who was recently honored for this achievement. Congratulations on you ourstanding overnight successes,  just 30 years in the making  Prof. Thiel

More on the IEEE (one of the worlds largest Engineering bodies) and David Thiel s Award

On the 18th February Prof David Thiel was recognised by the IEEE Queensland section as the Foundation Chair. in 1984 David gathered 120 signatures (posted envelopes with stamps!)  from IEEE members in Queensland and petitioned IEEE HQ (on his dot matrix [printer) to set  up the Queensland Section. In 1985 the Section was created and Prof Miles Moody became the inaugural Chair. Since that time the Section has expanded to 1200 members with 10 different Chapters . Further details are available at

Wearable Tech – Old school redesigned

leatherman-tread-wearable-15902One of the things we keep an eye upon is the wearable technology space and we recently came across this latest innovation from Leatherman. Leatherman are the innovators that brought us the multitool wave of innovation after the swiss army knife. A leather man is a popular engineer/techs tool, often doubling as a belt mounted fashion accessory along with the mobile phone holster and sunnies case (sometimes seen in the wild along the ermm…. pocket protector too). 

Anyway these days its considered quite fashionable to wear something on your wrist, (excepting a watch of course some might argue). Enter the leatheman GEAR which put the essential elements of the multi tool on your wrist, not only is it manly (see art of manliness for some old school definitions) but its useful too and airline safe too!
We like the modular design too and recon it’d be just perfect with one of our inertial sensors as a module for fitness buffs, a compass for old school navigation (no Euler quaternion thingies required) and maybe a watch (whch leatherman have thoughtfully provided as an option)
We’d love the chance to road test a GEAR and design a module or two for it, so if you know someone at Leaterman HQ put in a good word for us ;)

Sports Technology – Opening Pandora’s box

Pandora_Archive_-_Preserving_and_Accessing_Networked_DOcumentary_Resources_of_AustraliaWe came across Australia’s Pandoras box recently, turns out its an archive of Australian publications for the future. what a neat idea!

Its an initiative of the National Library of Australia, and sports technology gets a mention too, so when this blog goes the way of the Dodo you’ll still be able to find us at 

Privately we wonder if each article now counts as a publication at University performance review time ;)

Heres more on Pandora’s mission (from )

The purpose of the PANDORA Archive

PANDORA, Australia’s Web Archive was established by the National Library in 1996 and is a collection of historic online publications relating to Australia and Australians. Online publications and web sites are selected for inclusion in the collection with the purpose of providing long-term and persistent access to them.

Collecting scope

The PANDORA Archive is a selective collection of web publications and websites relating to Australia and Australians. It includes materials that document the cultural, social, political life and activities of the Australian community and intellectual and expressive activities of Australians.