Sussex based TribeHive shortlisted for national award…

We have featured, and followed the journey of Sussex based TribeHive closely on created by US – and we are delighted to announce that their Digital Stadium app has been shortlisted for a national award.

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The smartphone app, developed by Sussex academic Dr Ian Wakeman enables users within a crowded location to create a network between each of their phones, sharing bandwidth and allowing real-time information to be shared easily. It has been used to great effect at its trial at the Amex Community Stadium – home to Brighton and Hove Albion – over the past season, with fans being able to see real time information of game statistics, table positions and even taking part in Twitter debates during the match. This success has meant that the app has been rolled out to a number of other English clubs this year.

And now, the Digital Stadium app is a finalist for ‘best football app’ in the 2014 Football Business Awards.

Dr Wakeman says: “We’re very pleased and excited that all the hard work by everyone involved in the Digital Stadium project has been recognised.  It’s great to see Sussex research making such a direct impact on people’s lives in the real world.”

Paul Camillin, Head of Media at Brighton and Hove Albion, says: “It has been great working with Ian and his team at the University on this pioneering project.

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“This ground-breaking technology – along with our stadium wi-fi – has helped thousands of our fans to stay connected during Albion matches and the feedback we have received from them has been extremely positive.”

The University of Sussex, TribeHive and Brighton and Hove Albion are jointly nominated for the award. They are competing against apps created by Premier League clubs Arsenal and Everton, as well as FIFA – football’s world governing body – and the French football federation.

The winner will be announced during an awards dinner at Chelsea Football Club in London on 6 November, and of course, created by US will let you know how Dr Wakeman and the TribeHive team get on…

(images courtesy of TribeHive)

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