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On competitions, software and the future... 

Later this week I depart for Chelyabinsk for the 2012 European Senior Judo Championships. I have the great privilege of attending as part of the European Judo Union's Internet TV team. We shall be streaming all four mats live on the web as well as a commentated stream covering all the action live, for free!

This is the third event I've been streaming live this year. It started with the 2012 Commonwealth Judo Championships, where to be honest I was doing more of the general IT for the event. The second event was the 2012 Oxford v Cambridge match. This was just me, a camera, a microphone, and a laptop. Very different to the size and quality of the EJU and IJF level events like Chelyabinsk will be.

Whilst I am away, I will be emailing madly trying to get details for the second Hampshire Team Championships test event arranged (I did not stream it, but did record and put a youtube video up for the first one). I'll also be trying to get local Hampshire clubs working together to put on small local competitions as part of the Hampshire Games project.

This leads me onto the subject of software.

Earlier in the year I attended the BUCS Judo Championships and was to be frank shocked that it was basically running on excel and paper, with clunky electronic scoreboards. In this day and age where there is great software scoreboards (more than one) and draw software it is a shame that this low/no cost technology is not filtering down to BUCS level and down to clubs.

I think this year I will be making a push to spread the high standards that software solutions provide. So please contact me if you would like to talk about me helping you run a Judo competition (anywhere, I'll travel!).

I'm happy to come to events large or small and setup the computerized scoreboards, the computerized draw, the video streaming and cameras. I'll even give you a CARE video refereeing system too if you want it.

Just let me know.

And to the future....
I'd love to work on a solution that provides a tournament "in a box". Maybe thats a CD-ROM which you run on all the laptops you have that temporarily sets each one up as a scoreboard, or a fight order display, or a CARE system, or a draw server.

I'm also looking at building a club management system, in part for my own poor paperwork habits. And in part to help some friends who want something that does not exist out there. It may or may not link to my project.

Lastly, come September the research project I've been running since 2010 ( ) will come to a close and I'll be pouring many many hours into writing up the project as an academic report and hoping to have it published in a journal somewhere.

So my future is a busy one, please drop me an email and make it busier!

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