TIME.CO, Jakarta – As many as seven students from the University of Airlangga (unair) won two innovation awards for electronic sports athletes stress-sensing devices (eSports). They won the Gold Medal and Best Award in the Sports, Games and Recreation category at Arau International Creativity Expo (ACE Expo 2023) at Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP).
This activity is a collaboration with the World Invention Intellectual Property Association (WIIPA) from 18 to 20 August 2023. The seven students are Sirojuddin Kholil Muhammad, Aisy Al Fawwaz, Revita Novianti, Fatima Hasya Puspa Kasih, Fikri Maulana Aziz, Indah Febriani and Tsabita Arinal Haq. They were students of the Faculty of Science and Technology of Unair (FST) who managed to move about 750 participants and 144 teams from 35 countries.
Raise mental health issues
Team leader Sirojuddin Kholil Muhammad explained the steps of the innovation creation process starting from the collection of abstracts, prototypes, administration, up to the selection of works. Initially, team members raised concerns about addiction to eSports which is popular recently.
In his opinion, eSports which can be easily accessed through a device capable of causing pressure or stress on the athlete. In addition to the psychological pressure, there is also that linked to sponsors and teams.
“Athlete eSports prone to stress while playing. The cause is pressure games, so eSports athletes are prone to mental disorders,” he explained as quoted by the Unair website on Wednesday, August 30, 2023.
To overcome this problem, the Unair team innovated by creating a stress tracking tool. They do this by periodically interpreting changes or abnormalities in heart rate variability (HRV) to measure stress levels in athletes. eSports. Through this tool, players hope eSports more aware of mental health.
In addition, the Unair FST team also supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) point 3, oriented towards the improvement of good health and well-being.
As for funding, one of the team members, Indah, stressed that Unair colleagues who wish to get involved in international competitions should not hesitate to get started. According to him, the campus does not hesitate to provide assistance as long as the program can be realized.
“We used personal funds initially. However, we have presented a refund fund to the campus. In addition, there is an external entity, namely United Tractor. Even though it wasn’t 100% funded, thank God it was enough to replace transportation and accommodation,” Indah explained.
He also reminded that the university is the time to start and dare to take a step. Also, according to him, students get two bonuses for participating in foreign competitions. “First, being able to travel. Second, being able to meet interesting figures who share many valuable lessons,” he said.
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