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  • First "Createathon" Highlights IOC Youth Summit


    IOC President Bach listening to concepts by OC Young Leaders. (IOC/Greg Martin)
    (ATR) Fifty-three IOC Young Leaders were brought together for the first IOC “Createathon” during the fourth annual IOC Youth Summit for the upcoming Winter Youth Olympic Games in January 2020.

    The createathon set 10 teams of IOC Young Leaders to create an interactive and inclusive IOC space for Lausanne 2020 where an estimated total of 100,000 spectators are expected to attend.

    The IOC Young Leaders Program was formerly known as the Young Change-Makers Program. It was renamed this year to reflect the importance the IOC Young Leaders play in the Olympic Movement.

    For over eight hours, the IOC Young Leaders worked in teams and were supported by coaches varying from local start-ups to Ted-Ex coaches.

    The IOC Young Leaders were also assisted by over 20 experts including storytellers, virtual reality specialists, social media experts, architects and more.

    Each team had a total of three minutes to pitch to the judging panel consisting of experts and led by Virginie Faivre, Lausanne 2020 President. Faivre reviewed the proposals based on delivery, feasibility, and creativity.

    “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.” said Faivre.

    On the final day of the three-day summit on Sunday, the top three teams shared their concepts with IOC President Thomas Bach. Following the Young Leaders meeting with Bach, the President held a Q&A session with all participants.
    (IOC/Greg Martin)

    “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,” Bach said.

    “They have developed a lot over the years and they now play an even more important role in the IOC decision making process.”

    Bach has appointed 16 IOC Young Leaders to the IOC Commissions 2019. In 2018 a total of seven leaders were selected.

    For the fourth year running, TOP Partner Panasonic has been a key supporter of the IOC Young Leaders Program.

    Homepage Photo: IOC/ Greg Martin 

    Written by Greer Wilson

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