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Startup KOP Stadium offers a hybrid experience to watch football

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Imagine watching the World Cup final or any League match with a reserved seat in a stand, but not in a stadium, but in your trusted bar, with a giant 4K screen, top quality ambient sound and a cold drink with a delicious appetizer. This is a reality that is now possible thanks to KOP Stadium, the app created last year by Igeneris Ventures to give the world of sports the excitement and atmosphere it deserves.

After the pandemic restrictionswhich punished soccer fans and the hotel industry, added to the constant increase in the price of soccer in Spain, the Spanish startup, which has already raised one million euros, is finally launching into the market with a hybrid model never seen before: a combination of a football stadium stand and a rich gastronomic offer of establishments, now available in the capital.

This is KOP, a new way of experiencing football and other sports, including esports, installing retractable bleachers in bars and other spaces, to enjoy a unique experience in the usual meeting points for football lovers. With this, in addition to improving the experience and enjoyment, the firm intention of helping to reactivate the hospitality sector is encouraged. “It is a fundamental part of our mission, to generate new clients and new revenues for bars through KOP.”, says the CEO of the company, Frederick of Vincentand adds “We are building the largest decentralized stadium in the world, offering a unique fan experience: feeling the colours, the nervousness and the excitement, from a comfortable stand to watch a game in their usual bar”.

“Don’t risk running out of a place”

According to the report ‘Football consumption in public places’ published by Mediapro and LaLiga, 5 million Spaniards go to a place regularly to watch the games every week.

In previous editions, with the characteristic good weather of summer, the capacity was greater thanks to the screens located on the terraces. The fact that this year it will be held for the first time in winter will significantly change the strategy of hoteliers, in addition to making it difficult for the spectator to find an available space. In this sense, KOP is making a name for itself in the Spanish sports market as an app that will allow fans to reserve up to a maximum of 26 seats in the stands located in the bars and spaces attached to its platform, maximizing the square meters of the establishment. and ensuring that the user has a guaranteed place in a real bleacher seat.

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As de Vicente explains, “We are going to carry out an MVP (product test) of our model during the World Cup in Qatar in 20 bars in Spain. This will be the starting signal to then scale KOP to all of Spain, where we hope to install more than 1,000 KOP’s in the next year and in turn begin expansion in international markets as passionate about the sport as Mexico, the US and LATAM” .

Bringing the emotion of live football closer to the viewer

Technology is transforming the way fans watch football from their television. The brightness, the size of the screen, the contrast, the sound or the resolution, have become essential characteristics to get the viewer closer to the stands of the stadium through the immersive experience. This is where KOP comes into action. “We want to offer a non-existent experience to fans, who meet in the digital world and meet to share their favorite events and a refreshment in the physical world at KOP.”

The KOP concept tries to create a customer journey comparable to going to a football stadium. From the moment the fan buys the ticket for the match that he prefers through the app, until he accesses the bar that he has chosen and is assigned the seat that he has chosen within the KOP stands. Once there, he will be able to enjoy the sport and the drinks, menus, and even an open bar depending on the pack selected with the ticket. It will connect with fans from other stands and there will be interaction between them. Because football, sports and esports are about that, about meetings, friends, experience, passion and the emotion of live”, concludes de Vicente.

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The best contents of the week in MuyPymes

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We end one more Sunday with a new summary of the best content that we have published in MuyPymes, a classic where you will find the most important news of the week and you can catch up with just a few clicks. As always, we wish you a good Monday.

  • Where can I use the newborn, euro digital?
  • The State plans to increase spending on technology by 12% this year.
  • Online sales will increase in Spain by 20%.
  • Seven out of 10 ICT companies will increase their workforce in Spain.
  • These are the growth prospects for the label market in 2023.
  • Sony updates its camera catalog with the new 4K PTZ.
  • Apple will release a new iPad Mini later this year.
  • Epson expands its catalog of projectors with new 3LCD 4KE models.
  • Apple is working on a flexible iPad, and it could arrive next year.
  • Flexible remuneration, that great unknown.
  • These are the trends that will mark 2023 in the organization of events.
  • Titbit raises 150,000 euros in its second investment round.
  • Getac introduces the S410 laptop and F110 tablet, two ruggedized and powerful 5G-enabled computers.
  • Epson presents its new EB series video projectors.
  • How to choose hosting and domain for my website.
  • Brother expands its catalog of two-inch ticket and label printers.
  • Samsung presents the new Galaxy Book3.
  • What can we expect about cybersecurity, in the coming months.
  • Artificial Intelligence: how will it affect jobs?
  • Microsoft is starting to show full-screen Microsoft 365 ads.
  • Do you want to help children in vulnerable situations?
  • Microsoft Teams is integrated into the Elgato Stream Deck.

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Barcelona offers 200,000 euros to the project that reduces the accident rate of motorcycles

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Barcelona City Council has launched a challenge for companies, startups, universities and innovation centers to present urban solutions that have as objective reduce motorcycle-related accidents. The chosen projects, which will be applied in the city, are part of the Barcelona Innova Lab Mobility initiative that promotes pilot tests to improve mobility.

Barcelona is one of the European cities with a greater presence of motorcycles and mopeds which represent 33% of the total census of vehicles, and motorcycle drivers account for 86% of the seriously injured, according to the balance of road accidents for the first half of 2022. With the aim of reducing accidents and increasing road safety in the city, these entities have launched this initiative to find and apply innovative solutions on the streets of the city, with the collaboration of the Tomorrow.Mobility show organized by Fira and the EIT Urban Mobility (European Union initiative).

The challenge, launched internationally, counts with an economic endowment of 200,000 euros, which will correspond to a maximum of 80% of the total amount of the winning solutions. The projects can be aimed at resolving the accident rate from behavioral innovation, that is, with solutions related to driving habits, and from technological innovation.

The execution time of the selected proposals is 18 months, of which the pilot phase must be a minimum of six. The proposals must be applicable in a real environment in the short term and must define, in this sense, its deployment space. In addition, it must achieve quantifiable results in relation to the safety of motorcyclists and third parties, which are lasting over time. Its innovative and differential component will also be valued both in the methodologies and resources used and in its execution.

This call is aimed at companies, startups, universities, research centers, technology centers, associations and foundations that have until next March 1 to present their projects. A committee of experts will assess the technical quality of the works presented and will choose the winning solutions that could be applied in Barcelona during that same year. The projects will have international projection with their participation in the next edition of Tomorrow.Mobility, which will be held next November together with the Smart City Expo World Congress at Fira de Barcelona.

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Microsoft Teams integrates into Elgato Stream Deck

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The Elgato Stream Deck is a very interesting peripheral that we had the opportunity to analyze at the time, and that allows you to create different shortcuts and functions that will be associated to each of the available buttons. It allows you to create different usage profiles, and we can switch between them in a very simple way.

For example, we can assign to a button that directly opens a web page, to run a specific application, to perform a specific action and we can also set specific commands and download completely free applications. It is a very interesting solution, especially for professionals who are dedicated to content creation and streaming.

The point is that the Redmond giant has released an official plugin that allows you to integrate an Elgato Stream Deck device with Microsoft Teams. This plugin was announced by the American company earlier this week, but it was officially launched yesterday. The installation process is quite simple, but we can find more information in the official Microsoft forums.

Once installed, we can use the Elgato Stream Deck to access shortcuts and specific functions that will improve our user experience with Microsoft Teams. Thus, for example, we can blur the background in a video call by pressing a button, and we can also assign other specific functions such as raising and lowering our hand, muting ourselves, recording, and even to show live reactions during meetings.

This new plugin enhances the value of the Elgato Stream Deck, making it a very interesting solution for those who work remotely and have to participate in frequent video calls and events. Obviously it is still an excellent option for content creators and streaming professionals as well. I remind you that it is available in different versions, and that the standard MK.2 model with 15 buttons is priced at €149.99.

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