Intel challenge to bring AI to Olympics

Published: 25 May 2018 - 5:15 a.m.
By: Mark Sutton

Intel has announced a competition to bring AI to the Olympic Games.

The company, which is a technology partner for the International Olympic Committee, has launched The Intel AI Challenge for the Olympic Games which will challenge developers to create ideas to enhance the games with artificial intelligence.

The challenge will seek ideas from developers on how AI can be used by competitors, spectators and businesses at the Summer Olympic Games, which will take place in Tokyo in 2020. The competition is open now, and a top prize of $10,000 is on offer.

Naveen Rao, corporate vice president and general manager, Artificial Intelligence Product Group, Intel said: "As a Worldwide TOP Partner and the Official AI Platform Partner for the Olympic Games, Intel is proud to demonstrate the power of technology to help enhance the Olympic experience for fans and athletes around the world. Today, we're inviting the developer community to join us in potentially creating an amazing AI experience for fans and athletes at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 by submitting their ideas through the Intel AI Challenge for the Olympic Games."

In June 2017, Intel was appointed to ‘The Olympic Partner' (TOP) program through to 2024, with the aim of bringing new technology to the games.

For the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang in 2018, Intel provided 5G communications, virtual reality broadcast, 360 replay technology and a drone light show.

"At the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018, we saw the power of technology to bring fans and athletes together around the world in a new and impactful way," said Timo Lumme, managing director of the IOC Television and Marketing Services. "Now we are excited to see how Intel will use artificial intelligence to help bring the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to the next level - connecting fans and athletes like never before."

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