Hello, everybody. And welcome to another episode of Mrs Talks. I am Michelle, too Well, and I'm leading today's podcast
and my name is Vladimir Stanko. Each welcome toe Siri's of this podcast the first time ever with a vicious
forum. Today we're here to talk about I, C t and Sport. And so I have with me Sylvia Pole, who works in the Development bureau of I to you. It is a former Olympic swimmer for Costa Rica. Welcome, Sylvia. Thank you. And I'll start with the Faisel outside a show jumper and CEO of smart jump technology. Welcome. Welcome, Faisel. Hello, everybody. Hello. So I'm just gonna dive right into it. And I wanted to start with you, Sylvia, and I wanted you to just tell me a bit more about your work and how this contributes to I, c t and sport.
Well, my my current work, um, indict you hasn't had that many opportunities to include the issue about sports and niceties. My former work when I used to be the deputy ambassador of the mission of Costa Rica, we were very involved in the issues related to sports and development. We were supporting the U n Office in Sport for development in Peace on, we were active with many U. N. Agencies like the Lily Chou UNHCR, the international in few comedians on on the issues of sport, for development and peace. But because of the request ah, to include, for the first time a track on sport development in niceties I was asked to support and I was very happy to join the team the with this team on trying to set up for the first time in launch the Conversation on sports for development and including the role of vice cities in sports. So I think now this is for me a restart on this matter on dhe, with the linkages of how I cities as another way to enable the SD Jeez, how it can be linked also to sports. So I'm very happy to be able to have been able to contribute a bit too. This exercise and I think we were, are we are to a really good
start. I think this is more than a bit changing the career from a mathlete a professional nitwit enjoying the ice ecosystem has been probably challenging. What was the biggest challenge for
you. Well, I've reinvented myself in my life. Many times I was, as I said, an Olympic swimmer. And until I was 24 years old, I was very clear. I wanted to go to the university, and I ended up working for a communications company and I was a general manager, therefore for 10 years. So I wasn't a private sector. Then I did my master's Ah, an MBA, and I ended up working for the university where I did my MBA on dhe eso. I worked in academia, and after that I was asked by the president of Costa Rica, the former president, our first woman president in 2010 out of 10 Tia to join her in the Foreign Affairs Ministry. And I ended up here in Geneva on Dhe. And that's one of my jobs. Were was to work with I t you with other U. N. Organizations like the way choe and why? But but also to look for opportunities to for to support Costa Rica in its efforts to use sports as a tool for development in peace. So I think my my personality allows me. I've reinvented myself several times in my lifetime. So? So if there are challenges. But I've always seen it as great opportunities to have wonderful experiences. I'm very happy that I came to Geneva.
We're also very happy to have you with us. General Trades, Celia, and you will fizzle. You're a young entrepreneur. Tell us about your story. And what is the interest in them? The drive that you have
for niceties. Passport? Yes. Well, first of all, I'm so passionate about sports and especially show jumping on. I think the key to every success is to be in love with something and so passionate about. And that's the man's drive, you know, plus that they use off my background as a software engineer graduated in 2017 you know, looking into the gaps in the industry, you know, because I love this fourth and I'm so, uh dedicated to it, that I want to develop it and make it better and every aspect. So that's what drive me into getting into icy tease because I have a strong believe in technology. It's ah, it's what's driving society right now because it's more dynamic, more flexible, and on every, uh, every period in every era there is a new things is enables because of my cities and sport on technology. And so could you tell me a little bit more about your startup if you're the CEO of what this technology specifically incorporates? Yes, so smart gun technology is a start of aiming toe digitalize the equestrian sport, looking into the sport from from a long distance, looking into gaps and issue within the industry on how to solve them with the use of technology. So basically, one off the main product we have is, uh, toe try to solve one of the issues, which is changing the height of the jumps because the current that way that's being done is manually. So we invented something that allow riders arena management's on other competition venues to control the height from distance with the use of technology from a mobile lab or a smart watch. I think this is, ah, really good, leading to increase in safety on accuracy in the in the field, So that's one of the aspects that the starter provides. We're looking into more products to enhance the field. That sounds very cool. And so I want to go back to you still there real quick and ask you a question. You mentioned how your work incorporates sports for development in peace. Could you elaborate a bit more on the link between sports and peace and curious to hear what you have to say about that?
Well, um, I think there's been a huge movement, especially in the last. I can say maybe 20 years, where many international organizations, sports federations, NGOs related to sports have seen the power off sport for peace on also for development on Dhe. Before, when I was a summer, I was a summer quite a while ago, and in the late in the eighties and nineties there it was all about competition, and it was about performance on dhe. Of course, people knew that things to sports you be the the healthy life. But there was not this really proactive effort to use sports as a tool for for peace. So we have organizations like peace in sport, which is one of the biggest and most establishes based in Monaco. And it hasn't the patronage the Prince Albert of Monaco, and they make clear efforts and and and organized huge events. Ah, to do advocacy on one side and then at the grassroots level to organize activities where, for example, they've they've they've done joint activities between I'm North Korea, that the two Koreas nurse in South Korea. And then they have done also activities in Palestine with kids and Israeli kids where they try to interact through sports and try to get kids and young people to be involved. To understand that we all have things in common on that sport can be used as a tool to promote friendship, to promote collaboration, to promote solidarity and peace. So so a lot of work is being done. Many U. N agencies, especially UNESCO, is leading the efforts to use course for development piece the U. N. Adopted last year. The U. N Plan ah, on sport for development in peace, where all member states can use it as, ah, the guidance of what to do in the next few years. So there is, ah more and more consciousness of how sport can be used effectively, and now, in our case, the linkages tie cities. So we in the in the workshop we had this week, we had many examples of how these NGOs and these different organizations are using I cities to help them promote their work to do advocacy to do activities underground. Andi, Andi I think there's many, many more opportunities where I cities can play a very important role.
Can you tell us a bit? Your opinion on East Port, it is something that is a problem or an enabler.
I don't I may be a more traditional person practicing sports. I I understand that that is a new wave off of activity, and it's it's very popular. I also understand, and a very popular among the young people. Maybe because I'm a bit older, this is is something that it's not my my favorite activity. Mm. But if if if ah activity at the end can promote certain values, it can promote good competition. It can promote, ah, discipline, hard work training because these persons also have to prepare and practice and on they have to learn about the value of winning and about the value of losing. And so there's. There's many things that if these values can also be transmitted, I'm a bit ignorant off the Eastport John Drop. But But if he's also values can be transmitted and he can be practiced. I think it's it's fine. I think it's okay. I'm a more traditional. I preferred to really sweat and jump or run or swim. But I know this is a new wave in the young people.
Exactly. I remember me playing basketball when I was young. I didn't make social to play it on the PlayStation, so for me it was inspirational. Both sides, if you love sports, is basically just imagine mentioned, you're going to probably go for both. Yes, what is your experience about the question corporation in the world thes different communities? Can you share how much the importance off partnership is to bring decisive new technologies to develop the horse riding and horse jumping?
I think in terms of a partnership, it's It's really important because thes communities are focused on the sport itself on day, like many informations and details on technology and how it can be used. So merging both fields can enables for a really great outcomes that could lead to an outstanding result to solve many issues in many industry. Mentioning one of the things that the smart helmet using by the football players, you know when it comes to this fact they use if I cities and technology in this example can prevent death and also like tell people about possible injuries. So basically, like technology can just, like, really make sports more safer. So I think it's really important to partnership for this aspect to further develop the community. Please,
I would like to add, because we had a good example today. This week, also in the in the workshop, we had the participation of the World Taekwondo Federation on they shared with us a video on explained of how technologies be used to make the competition much safer. He says that for example, now all the all the equipment have sensors everywhere that are transmitted in ah in in in in in a way that the points can be detected much quicker and so competitors don't have to hit, for example, as hard to the head because now it's all about technique. Did you know where to hit and not necessarily hit so hard that you cause a concussion under on your arrival? So I think it is a good point about I cities making for safer and also helping improve performance. Ah, where were For example, in the case of swimming, you say swimming pool. It's just a swimming pool. But the swimming pools are becoming more sophisticated, their sensors everywhere and now a CZ. Athletes can be filmed and you can enter training and so you can improve the technique and you can improve and replay immediately. Their their their training and and and you can improve many parts of their their preparation that can then improve their performance in the competitions.
It's very interesting on, and I wanted to ask Faisel, How do you see the was this process? And I see t s in general shaping sports in the future. I think it's it's really important and powerful. It's a really good platform and a place for ah, lot off people to come on, discover new things on also a really good place for young people to be innovative and try to help the community by promoting their own ideas. I really encourage with people to take parts in the wishes because it will help them to. Maybe maybe they have some ideas in the back of their heads, and they need someplace to maybe promote this on. I think this is the place. And Sylvia
Well, I think in the case of the discussions off sports I city and development because again, we're also not only a technical agency, we have that we I work in the development sector, so the development factor has to be incorporated. We started, I think, really well the conversation this week as being the first time. It's the first time that we have this track on sport. So I hope this will be a just a start of, ah process because many U. N. Agencies are already using I cities on. I think we were maybe lagging a bit behind in the discussions as I do you. And now hopefully I t will get involved in a more regular basis and that this Sport Trac becomes also a regular component of whizzes and where and where we can see a very good interaction as a multistate platform. It was a perfect example in the workshops we had people for from NGOs from the U. N from international sports organization from think tanks. So it was a wonderful ex example of a really good multi ah, a platform to share and discuss what is being done on sport for iced tea in development, and the big message is that everything is done
through collaboration. I'd like to share with our present speakers in the open space services stocks and also with our listeners. A Premier news Tomorrow during the Business Forum 12 of April. We're going to have the contenders from North and South Korea from the taekwondo associations exercise the good spirits off sports and bringing people together on dis such exciting news. And I'd like to all of us toe really show their appreciation for such an event taking place in the eye city for development platform such as Mrs Forum. And also, I'm very happy to say that you're bringing together athletes and nicety progression is together. We have any experience of such kind from before. And what would you say about that tomorrow's event?
Well, I think it's it's an excellent it will be athletes from the two federations. Eso it will be from the International Taekwondo Federation and and the world take on the federation representing the two countries. And so it's ah, it's ah, excellent example of using sports to promote peace and to promote understanding. We saw it also last year in the Winter Olympic Games, where AH Koreans were under one flag went to under one united flag on Dhe Onda again. That can only mostly be only be done because of sports. And so I've There's many examples where we're things and this can also help move along other AM avenues at the policy level, the political level s oh, definitely sport can open door. So we invite everybody to join us tomorrow at 10. 30 here in the I c T Discovery.
It was a practice long time ago when the Olympic Games were taking place. All wars will stop.
It still is. A Olympic truce still takes place in during every Olympics. But but the example of last year where the where the the assets of two Koreas were under one flag united flag was a beautiful example.
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