Alibaba gives interactive cloud pin to media who cover Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020

Alibaba Cloud Pin serves as multifunction digital name tag for safe and fun social interaction at the IBC and MPC during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Alibaba Group, a Worldwide TOP Partner of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has unveiled a cloud-based digital pin called the Alibaba Cloud Pin for the broadcasting and media professionals at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The pin, which can be worn either as a badge or attached to a lanyard, is designed to enable media professionals working at the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) and Main Press Centre (MPC) to engage with each other and exchange social media contact information in a safe and interactive manner during the upcoming Olympic Games 2021, currently being held in Tokyo, Japan.

The pin serves as a multifunctional digital name tag that enables users to meet and greet each other. By tapping the pins together at arms length—bearing in mind the social distancing measures—they can add people to their ‘friend list’, and exchange daily activity updates, such as step counts and the number of friends made during the day.

Personalised pin artworks with designs inspired by the 33 Olympic sports

The digital pins also include specific designs of each of the 33 sports on the Tokyo 2020 Programme, which can be unlocked through a list of playful tasks like making new friends. To activate the pin, users simply need to download a Cloud Pin application, and pair it with the wearable device via its bluetooth function. This Cloud pin at the Olympic Games will be given as a token to the media professionals working at the IBC and MPC during the Olympics.

“The Olympic Games has always been a thrilling event with opportunities for media staff to meet like-minded professionals. With this unprecedented Olympic Games, we want to use our technology to add new exciting elements to the Olympic pin tradition at the IBC and MPC while connecting media professionals and enabling them to maintain social interactions with safe distancing,” said Chris Tung, chief marketing officer of Alibaba Group.

“As a proud Worldwide Olympic Partner, Alibaba is dedicated to the transformation of the Games in the digital era, making the experience more accessible, aspirational and inclusive for broadcasters, sports fans and athletes from across the world,” Tung added.

“Today more than ever we look to engage people around the world through our digital ecosystem and connect them with the spirit of Tokyo 2020,” said Christopher Carroll, director of digital engagement and marketing at the International Olympic Committee.

“We are excited to be partnering with Alibaba to support us in our digital transformation journey and to help us build engagement ahead of the Olympic Games,” Carroll said.

As the official Cloud Services partner of the IOC, Alibaba Cloud offers world-class cloud computing infrastructure and cloud services to help enabling the Olympic Games to digitalize its operations to be more efficient, effective, secure and engaging for fans, broadcasters and athletes from Tokyo 2020 onwards.

In addition for Tokyo 2020, Alibaba Cloud and Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) launched OBS Cloud, an innovative broadcasting solution that operates entirely on the cloud, to help transform the media industry for the digital era.