Chapter Four / SPONSORSHIP55Meeting the PublicTo show the most recent and innovative products to the international audience that gathered inVancouver for the Games, Acer created a 600sqm interactive showcase in the LiveCity YaletownOlympic Site, in David Lam Park. Almost 100,000 visitors had a first-hand experience of Olympic limited edition notebooks, multi-touch screens and interactive areas, and shared Acer's vision of the pursuit of excellence in sport and technology.The Hospitality ProgrammeIn its efforts to share the unique moments of the Games, Acer invited 400 guests from 44 countries -from strategic partner companies to government representatives - to enjoy a rich programme of sport and cultural events, including both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the 'ExcellentNights' special events with former and current Olympic athletes.SponsorshipIn order to support athletes in the pursuit of excellence, Acer offers sponsorship agreements toathletes such as Norwegian skier Aksel Lund Svindal, who won gold, silver and bronze medals inVancouver, and Australian freestyle skier Lydia Lassila, who also won gold at the Games. Acer alsosponsored the Norwegian Ski Team and provided technological supplies to the German, USA, Chinese and Russian Hospitality Houses.
56Chapter Four / SPONSORSHIP"Atos Origin, our long-term partner, is the brains behind theinformation technology operations for the Olympic Games. Once again,they have delivered these systems flawlessly, ensuring information is relayed to millions more people than ever before and in new ways."Jacques Rogge, President, International Olympic CommitteeAtos Origin is a leading international information technology services company, providing hi-techtransactional services, consulting, systems integration and managed operations to deliver businessoutcomes globally. Since 2002, Atos Origin has led the technology effort needed for staging theOlympic Games, together with the Organising Committee. Atos Origin designs, builds, secures and runs the multiple information technology systems, managing and integrating the contributions of all the technology partners and suppliers to deliver seamless results to the world and secureGames-time operations. Atos Origin's road to VancouverAs the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games, Atos Origin was in charge again of one of themost spectacular IT projects in the world during Vancouver 2010. The company put years ofaccumulated experience into designing, operating and monitoring the entire technologyinfrastructure, and its preparations began long before February's Opening Ceremony.A massive Technology InfrastructureAtos Origin fulfilled its mandate to design, integrate, manage and secure 16 different IT systemsneeded to manage the Games and relay competition results to a world-wide audience of more thanthree billion people. Thousands of athletes arrived in Vancouver ready to show the world their talentand perseverance. Atos Origin did the same -behind the scenes with most of their victories unnoticedby most of the watching world. The Atos Origin IT team managed an integrated IT team of more than3,000 IT experts from the world's leading companies, including Atos Origin's Olympic Games expertsand the best Vancouver IT professionals. The company also developed the IT solution for thepassport-grade badges issued to all 29,900 accredited Games-time athletes, officials, coaches, media, staff and volunteers, and designed the IT infrastructure to transmit results to a worldwideaudience of 3.5 billion in under 0.3 seconds.