Athletic performance project wins engineering award

01 April 2019

A project harnessing data to help athletes perform better and reduce injury has won Engineering New Zealand’s 2019 Student Innovator award.

  • Matt Simpson, Dr Miguel Morales, Matt Goodson

    UC students, Matt Simpson (left) and Matt Goodson, winners of the Engineering NZ Student Innovation Award, with supervisor Dr Miguel Morales (centre).

A project harnessing data to help athletes perform better and reduce injury has won Engineering New Zealand’s 2019 Student Innovator award.

Two final-year University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (UC) software engineering students won the award thanks to their work for Komodo Monitr, a software start-up that provides practical monitoring solutions for athletes.

Engineering students Matt Goodson and Matt Simpson created a web application that allows training and wellness data to be entered from any device, providing an overall picture of performance and creating individualised training recommendations.

 They say it’s designed to reduce injury and boost performance, allowing coaches to instantly see how team members are tracking as well as allowing individual players to see their metrics.

There were three main elements to their project: a web application, a cross-platform mobile application and a movement screening tool.

Engineering New Zealand’s judges described the students’ work as a “complex and multi-faceted challenge” that included interdisciplinary work with a non-engineering business partner.

As a result of this project, Matt Goodson has now joined Komodo Monitr as Chief Technology Officer.

The Student Innovator of the Year Award seeks to encourage a new generation of innovative engineering designers. It’s awarded to a student or group of students who present the best final-year project with a substantial design component as part of an Engineering New Zealand-accredited qualification.

UC’s partnerships with industry provide students with real world learning experiences and the opportunity to apply their learning to creating solutions for business challenges.

The project was supervised by Dr Miguel Morales, UC Software Engineering lecturer, whose research includes work on software process improvement in small organizations through the bottom-up approach, privacy issues in software design and serious games applied to software development and teaching.

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