IOC Plugs Into Youth Leaders For Lausanne 2020 Design Ideas

September 9, 2019

The fourth annual IOC Youth Summit this weekend included a design challenge for the 53 young leaders in attendance. Based on a digital hackathon, the ‘createathon’ set 10 teams the task of creating an interactive and immersive IOC space for Lausanne 2020, where an estimated 100,000 fans are expected to pass through.

The concepts all focused around living the Olympic Values daily. They were supported by a group of coaches from local start-ups to Ted-Ex coaches and a pool of over 20 experts, including storytellers, virtual reality specialists, social media experts, architects, designers and many more.

The teams had three minutes to pitch to a judging panel made up of the experts and headed by Lausanne 2020 President Virginie Faivre, who reviewed the proposal based on delivery, feasibility and creativity.

The top three teams were invited to share their concepts with the IOC President, Thomas Bach, on the final day of the Summit. Following which, the President held a Q&A with all of the IOC Young Leaders.

He said: “The IOC Youth Summit is always a highlight of the year, as it is very inspirational to see young creative people so committed to the Olympic Values. They have developed a lot over the years and they now play an even more important role in the IOC decision making process. They give us inspiration in shaping the future of the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement.”

Virginie Faivre, President of the Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee, commented: “We have put young people at the heart of Lausanne 2020 at every step to create iconic elements such as our mascot, medal, song and visual identity. I am delighted we can pool the diverse imaginations of the IOC Young Leaders. Their ideas are truly inspiring.”