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Laptop und Leibchen

13. März 2019 | 18:3021:30


***NOTE: this event will be held in German.***

Bulky multisport watches have long been the most loyal companion of professional endurance athletes. But in the past years also regular sports entered a totally new level since smart wearable devices collect data on all our daily routines like eating, sleeping and exercising. Weekend warriors happily share their health and training data with all sorts of artificial intelligence that analyse their performance and suggest how to improve their training and lives.

While for most coaches the benefits of monitoring training and health data seem obvious in order to optimize their athletes, the devices themselves might even have the potential to actually fully replace the human coach by technology. Or do they?

We invited three exciting and experienced experts to controversially discuss the technology-driven approach to coaching and the strive to become the best human being that we can be.


6.30pm – Welcome @ TechQuartier

7.00pm – Short Impulses:

  • Famous triathlon legend and coach Lothar Leder: first sub8 Ironman, i.e. the first athlete to finish the ironman-distance (3.8km swim/180km bike/ 42,2km run) in under eight hours, 1996 in Roth and two times 3rd place Ironman World Championship Hawaii (1997 & 1998) and one of the first pro athletes to both experiment with and ignore technical devices.
  • Executive Education expert and Ironman Agegroup athlete Dr. Fabian Urban: Managing Director at Goethe Business School, helping both Top-Level Managers and Coaches/Athletes to become the best version of themselves – with no use of technology or data whatsoever.
  • Sport scientist and technology-enthusiast Marc Meurer: Head of sports science, product and partnerships at Polar, the first company to invent fitness trackers for athletes back in the 1970s, holding several patents for wireless bearable heart rate monitors in sports.

7.40pm – Quick’n’Dirty discussion: Fabian, Lothar and Marc

8.00pm – Get-together: further informal discussion with our experts and beer


13. März 2019
18:30 – 21:30


Tech Quartier