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Back to school for OSV’s higher education programs!

In just a few days, the 3 OSV education programs will welcome their new recruits, each with 20 students on average. Since these programs were launched, OSV would like interested member companies to be able to become directly involved with course projects and to share bother their experience and expertise. School officially starts on September 8, and will offer several key opportunities for member companies.   Every year, companies within the outdoor sports industry have the chance to work with a group of students on a specific project of their choice. You can propose a market study or an idea that will be developed by 2 to 3 people for 120 hours from October 2014 to February 2015. Once complete, the project is invoiced 500 €, which contributes to financing the program (company visits, students’ travel expenses to ISPO, etc.).   In addition, these future sports industry employees will soon enough be available to work for your company during their internship period: - 3 months as of January 2015 for the Bachelor’s program “Performance Sports Textile & Footwear” - 4 to 6 months as of March 2015 for the Bachelor’s program “International Sales Specialists in Sports” - 6 to 9 months as of September 2015 the Master’s of Science program “Sports Industry Management”   To meet the students in each program, OSV members will have the opportunity to conduct 10 to 15-minute interviews and to identify the profile that they are looking for during the Internship Forum on Thursday, November 27, 2014. This represents an exclusive event to serve the specific needs of the outdoor sports industry.   Finally, remember that as an employee in the outdoor sports industry, you can also take sports industry specific classes, all taught in English, for professional continuing education credits (DIF in France). +OSV continuing professional education For more information, please feel free to contact Anne Schott: anne@outdoorsportsvalley.org

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Less than 10 days to sign up for the Design Summer Camp

From September 1-5, 2014, the second edition of the Design Summper Camp will take place on the beautiful southwestern coast of France, in the town of Anglet. This international event, organized in partnership with OSV, will bring together designers, engineers, students, experts, professors, and  professionals to discuss the role of design in the Action Outdoor Sports industry. Through presentations from well-known designers, individuals from boardsports and outdoor sports brands, workshops and case studies, your teams will have the opportunity to acquire design and innovation specific skills. Here is a quick look at some of the speakers:  - François LATTERRADE : Director of Winter Apparel and Innovation, QUIKSILVER - Antoine HARPAGES: Product Designer, NABAIJI – GROUPE OXYLANE - François COLOMBAN: Design Director, DANONE - Maria SERRA: Founder and CEO, ONCLAUDE For a complete liste of the presenters and speakers click on the following links: workshops, stand up for design, and the 24hrs of design contest. OSV members have access to preferred rates: 150€ per day instead of 200€. The cost may be covered as part of an individual continuing education credits program (DIF in France), and there is a high likelihood that the 3-days of workshops and presentations that the Design Summer Camp offers will be completely free of charge for your company. If you have any questions regarding the event, please feel free to contact Thibault Liebenguth: thibault@outdoorsportsvalley.org + Design Summer Camp Registration

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European Freeride Festival – Save the Date!

Dedicated to hardcore enthusiasts and the naturally inquisitive from all over Europe, the European Freeride Festival will take place from January 31 to February 4, 2015, in Livigno, Italy. OSV will be a key industry partner for the first edition. The objective of this event is to promote 'Freeriding for All', spreading the good word both for the activity and the subculture! The already extremely full program will consist of ski, snowboard and telemark contests with several categories; a Freeride village and camp, guided tours, and several activities such as intro sessions, product and gear testing, freeride film showings, evening parties, etc. This international event will bring together amateurs, professionals, the media, and pro athletes who share the same passion: Freeriding. The organization will provide a bus service from Livigno to ISPO Munich on February 4th. So there is no excuse to miss the European Freeride Festival! + Contact: info@europeanfreeridefestival.com + www.europeanfreeridefestival.com

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Innovation Think Tank, Digital X Outdoor #2 - Save the date!

Following the success of the first Innovation Think Tank combining the digital and outdoor worlds (more than 80 participants), OSV, Imaginove and CITIA, in partnership with Sporaltec, will organize a second workshop covering the topic of digital integration on Thursday afteroon, October 23, 2014, at the Galileo building in Chavanod, France. This event, free and open to all OSV members, will include a program with practical cases on the following themes: how to design, sell, and communicate. Moreover, experts from both the digital and sport industries will be there. A little patience please, we will unveil the full program in September! + Contact: Thibault Liebenguth - thibault@outdoorsportsvalley.org Photo credit: psychtalkradio.com

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Calendar

 SNOWBOARD GARDEN FESTIVAL

SNOWBOARD GARDEN FESTIVAL

Thursday 16 oct - Saturday 18 oct
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Think Tank Innovation: Digital Cross Outdoor #2

Think Tank Innovation: Digital Cross Outdoor #2

Thursday 23 oct
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PERFORMANCE DAYS

PERFORMANCE DAYS

Wednesday 05 nov - Tuesday 04 nov
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FÊTE DE LA MONTAGNE ET DE L'ESCALADE

FÊTE DE LA MONTAGNE ET DE L'ESCALADE

Saturday 15 nov - Sunday 16 nov
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INTERNSHIP FORUM

INTERNSHIP FORUM

Thursday 27 nov
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OUTDOOR SPORTS VALLEY - OSV

"Outdoor Sports Valley - OSV" designates both a region and industry cluster dedicated to outdoor sports. This region covers the entire Alps and ecompasses thousands of employees who work in the sports and recreation industries, the headquarters of most outdoor industry companies, and represents one of the planet’s most unique playgrounds.

The Outdoor Sports Valley concept, developed in Annecy in 2009, became an official association in 2010, and a certified industry cluster (Grappe d'Entreprises) in 2011 by the French state (DATAR). Annecy, exceptional geographic and strategic location, is the official capital of the Outdoor Sports Valley.

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