On the reply scene of the 7th college students' service outsourcing innovation and entrepreneurship competition on September 22th, the Soccer Player which is a social platform for children developed by Heracles team won the first prize in entrepreneurship and practice competition by defeating competitors from Beijing University of Post and Telecommunication and Nanjing University. As a result, Heracles team may have the chance to enter the base of Chinese college students' service outsourcing innovation and entrepreneurship in Wuxi and enjoy the one-stop service including free office space, fund support, talent apartment, industrial and commercial tax registration and investment and financing.
At the end of 2015, mobile internet product research and development competition was carried out in Software Engineering Department of DNUI. Considering the rapid development of Internet + sporting and saturation of adult sporting market, five members of Heracles team including Lei Zhihan, Zhu Fangxu from Software Engineering Department of 2014, Wang Shiyu from Information Management Department of 2014 and Zheng Dexing from continuing studies college of 2014 initiated the project of developing a sport social software facing teenagers and younger children. They happened to know the child of Ren Changning, a teacher, loved soccer a lot, then they consulted Mr. Ren and made a further and complete market survey in this area so as to know the sporting conditions of teenagers and children.
“At the very beginning, we intend to integrate lots of sporting events such as soccer, basketball, tennis, table tennis. Mr. Ren suggests that we had better try our best to focus on one thing. Since we are now in the city of soccer, Dalian, we decide to develop some products related to soccer." said Lei Zhihan. Finally, this program won the first prize in the mobile internet product research and development competition of Software Engineering Department. The internet application product named Soccer Player designed for teenagers and children who loved soccer came into being.
In April of 2016, when the 7th college students' service outsourcing innovation and entrepreneurship competition was about to open, Software Engineering Department recommended the Soccer Player program to compete in this event. Meanwhile, Yu Dan, a teacher from Innovation and Entrepreneurship College and Song Ping, a teacher from Business Management Department, also joined in the group and offered professional guidance on program operation and marketing. The Soccer Player is continuously improving and has become a mobile application product designed for teenagers and children who loved soccer. On this platform, you can search nearby soccer field through positioning function and make an appointment. You can also share your match details in your community after the match and find co-players. A professional soccer homepage can also be set as your exclusive visiting card. Meanwhile, the Soccer Player develops other affiliated functions such as club, personal coach, soccer mall and professional photography. Parents can make an appointment with some specific coach and buy soccer equipment for their kids, which realizes an all-around soccer sporting service. The unique application platform and original business mode bridge the gap between soccer events and social application market.
The Heracles team has devoted quite a lot to this application platform. Heracles, the son of Zeus, is the god of sports in ancient Greek myths and completes 12 missions which are defined as impossible. The name of the team indicates their determination. When talking about difficulties in developing this product, Lei Zhinghan said team members could barely get together because of lots of classes and felt reluctant to do this program. In the summer vacation of 2016, they did not return home and stayed at school to continue the research program. This five teammates were responsible for server maintenance, background development, product design, interaction design, front-end development, background interaction, marketing and financing respectively. Through over 50 days' debugging and perfection, the Soccer Player successfully showed up in the final competition and won the first place of their group by defeating other competitors.
Currently, the Soccer Player program has established a partnership with some Dalian's local soccer training schools and soccer clubs including Dalian Lisbon soccer school and attracts dozens of users. This program will soon be put online. Though the match was over, but Lei Zhihan said they would not stop. They get together because of the Soccer Player program, and their story is continuing.