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Use OSV students to help you with one or more of your in-company projects

Students from both the "Performance Sports Textile & Footwear" and the "International Sales Specialists in Sports" Bachelor's programs, at the Univeristé de Savoie's IUT Annecy Technical Institute, take courses specifically designed to meet the needs of the outdoor sports industry. In order to ensure that students gain as much in-company experience as possible before they graduate, IUT and OSV allow them to participate in a professional project within a company in the outdoor industry. For a company, involving the students in a new or ongoing project is a way to accelerate a study or concept, or to develop a new idea, as well as to grow and professionalize both education programs. If you have a product development and/or a business development project for which you would like a dedicated team (2 to 3 people) for 120 hours from September 2015 to February 2016, please feel free to let us know by sending an email to ann(at)outdoorsportsvalley.org. Using students for a project will cost 500 €, which will contribute to financing non-classroom related activities (company visits, travel to ISPO, etc.). Below are examples of projects students completed over the last 3 years: - Study: the running apparel market - WL GORE - Function analysis and benchmark on the wearability and comfort of backpacks used in outdoor sports - AIR - Developing a technical vest for the recumbent bicycle world record  - MAVIC - Study on innovative multi-layer 4-season kids' apparel  - Nelly Fontaine (Consultant) - Market study: Women's running apparel - QUECHUA - Creating a line women's specific goggles - JULBO - Developing a range of trail running apparel - ZOOMYN

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Wear OSV colors at the Corporate Games in Annecy-le-Vieux

During the OSV Cocktails & Networking event held on April 9th, OSV presented the Corporate Games, the world's leading inter-company sporting challenge. Following the successful first and second editions, more than 3500 athletes are expected for the third edition. This open event, which will take place July 3-5, 2015, in Annecy-le-Vieux, is a great opportunity for participants to combine sports, friendly competition, team spirit, and networking. The weekend's program includes an evening opening ceremony, 15 sporting events, an athlete parade, two medals ceremonies, and a Games Party, all in an incredibly warm and friendly atmosphere. As an OSV member, you have the option of joining the OSV team in one or more of the following 5 events: City trail: (Individual or 4-person mixed team race) 9.5 km urban race course. Starts at 10:00 on Saturday morning, July 4. + More information on this event Cycling climb: (Individual race) Individual 9.88 km course with 703 m of vertical gain. Starts at 14:00 on Saturday afternoon, July 4. + More information on this event Long-distance swim: (Individual race) Distance: 800 m or 1500 m. Starts on Sunday morning, July 5. + More information on this event Touch Rubgy*: Tournament with mixed teams of 8 to 10 players. Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5, starting at 09:30. + More information on this event Field handball* : Tournament with mixed teams of 8 to 10 players. Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5, starting at 09:30. + More information on this event *Note that if you are on a handball or rugby team means you will be unable to participate in other events. It is possible to participate in several individual events as long as the times do not conflict. The regular entry fee is set at 82€ w/o VAT per person. By joining the OSV team for the events listed above, you will pay only 45€ w/o VAT per person. Don't wait another second! Sign up now by filling out the registration form. The deadline for sign ups is May 30, 2015. For any and all questions: quentin(at)outdoorsportsvalley.org Bonus: click here to view photos from the OSV Cocktails & Networking event, hosted in partnership with the Corporate Games.

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Report on the 3rd Digital x Outdoor Think Tank

For the third edition of the Digital x Outdoor - Think Tank, OSV, Imaginove, and CITIA chose to focus on connected objects and the retail store of the future. The event, which took place on March 27 at Bonlieu Center in Annecy, drew more than 90 people for the afternoon-long conference and a connected objects exhibit organized for the occasion. To start off, participants enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about and to discuss the customer experience, e-commerce, and innovative solutions for the retail store of the future, thanks to presentations made by several specialists. - Rémi Forsans - OSV, Patrick Eveno - CITIA and David Gal Reignez - Imaginove presented their respective organizations and the future prospects for working together in the future. + Click here to download the presentation (in French). - Pascal Clausse, Vice-président of Global Retail for Amer Sports, discussed the "shopping experience," by presenting the best practices from the sports and other industries, and emphasized the need to develop a 360-degree experience for the consumer. + Click here to download Pascal Clausse's entire presentation (in English). - Thomas-Michel Villaz from Katexpert spoke about web navigation and the in-store purchasing process. + Click here to download Thomas-Michel Villaz's entire presentation (in French). - Taline Mouradian, Deputy General Manager of the communications agency MNSTR, presented consumer experience best practices through video as well as case studies conducted with The North Face, Bonobos, and Salomon CityTrail. + Click here to download Taline Mouradian's entire presentation (in French). - Davy Dauvergne, in charge of product marketing and innovation within Cegid's Retail Business Unit talked about integrating new information technologies into the retail store by presenting experimental products from the Cegid Innovation Store in Lyon. + Click here to download Davy Dauvergne's entire presentation (in French). For the second half of the afternoon, participants gathered to view a wide variety of connected objects for outdoor sports, and to discuss the latest technologies. For the occasion, they discovered the Airwave goggle from Oakley, the Symbios Connect helmet from Julbo, the GPS Search watch from Rip Curl, Air Raid headphones by Skullcandy, the X Project Pro video projector by X-Sories, the GoPro Hero 4 Silver Edition, glasses from Recon Instruments, the virtual reality headset from Homido, ski finder systems such as Ski Tracer by Salomon or ResQski by The M-Equipment, the intelligent protection vest by In&Motion, digital advertising by Nü Advertising, and web solutions by Cegid. Given the overwhelming success of the first three editions, OSV and its partners are proud to announce that the 4th Digital x Outdoor Think Tank will be held during the Design Summer Camp, which will take place from September 14-18, 2015, in Annecy. + View all photos from the event

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Reduce your impact on the environment as an outdoor sports enthusiast

Are you an outdoor sports enthusiast and do you use water resistant, waterproof, or watertight gear? Would you like to contribute to reducing the environmental impact of these products, from manufacturing to disposal/reuse/recycling? Please take a few minutes to participate in an international survey as part of a broader project on DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treatments whose long term goal is to eliminate the use of PFCs in the manufacture of outdoor sports apparel. This project, led by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) in the United States, and the European Outdoor Group (EOG) in partnership with De Montfort University in the United Kingdom, and the German Sporting Goods Industry (BSI), serves to evaluate consumer and brand expectations / knowledge regarding water repellent treatments. The survey also serves to verify that the technologies applied are consistent with the needs of users. For the moment, the two questionnaires (consumer and brand) are circulating in the United Kingdom, Germany, and in the United States, and have been filled out by 1200 consumers and 53 brands. Via OSV’s Innovation & Sustainability working group, we strive on a daily basis to ensure that outdoor sports enthusiasts and brands are environmentally conscious, and our goal is to increase the number of respondents to the study. What can you do to contribute? How can you participate in the survey? A –You are an outdoor sports enthusiast and purchase apparel with a DWR coating + Participate in the survey and answer the questionnaire via the following link: http://svy.mk/1Dnkw3X  + Send the study to everyone in your entourage (family, friends, colleagues, etc.) by forwarding the following link:  http://svy.mk/1Dnkw3X Use social media as well to share the link. B – You work in the outdoor industry and are involved in the design and manufacture of waterproof or water-resistant textile products + Encourage your customers to answer the consumer-oriented questionnaire by forwarding the following link to them:  http://svy.mk/1Dnkw3X    Some companies have organized contests to encourage their customers to answer the questionnaire, and are using the survey to highlight their commitment to the environment.   In order to gain better visibility on innovative, technically acceptable, and economically viable solutions, Salomon, Lafuma, Rossignol, le Groupe Payen, Jonathan & Fletcher, Sporaltec, and OSV thoroughly reviewed, in July 2013, the current state of available durable water repellent (DWR) alternatives to the commonly used perfluorinated compound (PFC) treatments.   Bonus tip! This report, -formerly reserved exclusively for those members who participated in the study - is now available for free to all OSV active members in the Member Area.

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Calendar

Performance Days

Performance Days

Tuesday 28 apr - Wednesday 29 apr
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Materials Breakfast Meeting

Materials Breakfast Meeting

Tuesday 19 may
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MAXI RACE

MAXI RACE

Friday 29 may - Sunday 31 may
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TEXTIVAL

TEXTIVAL

Tuesday 09 jun - Monday 09 mar
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OSV GENERAL ASSEMBLY

OSV GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Friday 12 jun
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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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