A Project only meant for peace and joy – The Greatest Sports Invention in decades?
It started as a project to make it easier to find opponents in some sports (hence the name “Oponentus”) and ended up as a project that makes it easier to organize and participate in different sports around the world. Please send a message of concern to people working for health care services for psychotic people who say the name means “Opponent to the US”.
The Oponentus system ideas include many new ideas on how different technologies may be used for different sports in the future.
The story behind
I started the project late summer 2005 with the goal of making an online system to make it easier to run a competition against another player (www.turneringer.no). It started with simple ideas but turned into a unique and complicated system during the years 2005-2011 for cup-, arena-, member management and rating with a new method for running tournaments by the means of a real time clock, a tournament time scedhule and the tournament partcipants (in 2011 it was a prototype for individual sports) . My motivation was mainly influenced by my wish to create an online system I could use myself to make it easier to find an opponent in different sports in a same system inspired from playing internet- and pc games in my youth, an idea I got from working at a callcenter many years later and my joy in participation in sports as an amateur.
I believe my independence to sports has been important for how the system ideas turned out – simply because I wouldn’t have the freedom to work as creatively for a sports organisation. Also inspiring my system ideas is my relatives joy in participating in sports: Every summer since the early 20th century my relatives have organised week lasting tournaments for relatives and friends at their countriplaces in Norway in sports like Tennis, Badminton, Bocce, Croquet, Swimming and sailing. I wanted to make a system enabling people to organize and participate in sports in a same way but also other places.
While planning the solution I have therefore had both private and professional organizers and participants in mind – making it flexible and useful for different user levels, open for everyone or limited by community.
I filed a patent application in April 2011 after many years of working with ideas while a small Norwegian and Pakistani company programmed the prototype.
Programmers of the prototype influenced on the system by giving feedback on my ideas of what was technically possible.
It differed significantly from other tournament software in 2011.
Now, in 2020, competitors have picked up the ideas from 2005-2011 many years ago but
the patent application is a well documented copyright document besides email correspondance and other evidece of where the ideas came from. The Application did not lead to any patent but is important evidence of my creatorship during the years 2005-2011.
Because the prototype and system ideas in 2011 only included individual sport ideas, and the project stopped because of very special circumstances in 2011/2012, I picked up the project and continued working on ideas for team sports in 2017/2018. These ideas have not been programmed as a prototype but include many new ideas on how different technologies may be used for different sports in the future. (see “New in 2017/2018”).