52Chapter Four / SPONSORSHIP"Sport can either be for teams or individuals, but it is animated by aunique spirit that brings culture, science, languages and heritagetogether. As sport overcomes barriers by acknowledging the value ofdifference and the strength of common objectives, Acer moves in thesame direction by facilitating communication among differentpopulations through easy-to-use technological solutions shapedaround real people and real needs."Gianfranco Lanci, President and CEO, Acer IncAcer believes that sport and technology have the same ideals in common. As the TOP Partner in the computer equipment product category, Acer worked closely with VANOC to ensure the Vancouver2010 Olympic Winter Games ran faultlessly. Acer's commitment to the Games included supplying6,400 desktop and notebook computers, 4,950 monitors, 34 servers, 8,950 accessories and 120 technicians.Deployed in nine Olympic Venues - as well as the Technology Operations Centre (TOC), both Media Centres, the Vancouver and Whistler Olympic Villages and in the VANOC headquarters - the computing equipment provided by Acer ran for 24 hours a day, for more than a month, in somecases in extreme weather conditions, yet still ensured flawless performances.Internet cafésAfter an intense day of training and competing, athletes enjoyed moments of relaxation in theInternet cafés, sponsored by Acer, in the Olympic Villages. These featured 100 PCs with broadbandInternet access and printer capabilities, with social networking platforms allowing them to keep in touch with families and friends at home. Acer's on-site support staff and service technicians alsoprovided customer support.