Special Olympics had the opportunity to present our Digital Vision at The Summit, Europe’s
largest gathering of the world's leading minds in technology, which took place in Dublin, Ireland from October 30 - 31.
Fiona and Maureen present Special Olympics' Digital Vision at The Web Summit 2013.
Special Olympics athlete Fiona Byrne took to the stage at Europe’s largest technology summit to tell participants about how digital technology can revolutionise the Special Olympics Movement and transform the lives of millions of people with intellectual disabilities.
Joined on stage by Maureen Rabbitt, Communications & Brand Director for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia, both Fiona and Maureen revealed Special Olympics’ digital vision that would allow the Movement to reach 5.2 million athletes and 500,000 coaches by 2015.
The vision includes an integrated cloud base that allows us to collect, disseminate and protect data collected every day from the field by our national programmes.
Special Olympics is actually the largest health care provider for people with intellectual disabilities with free health checks at Games. The Movement also has the largest health database for people with intellectual disabilities and is seeking funding partners to make this information accessible so that better decisions can be made.
The vision also includes a massive online sports academy that will allow Special Olympics to bring educational materials to tens of thousands of athletes around world who would otherwise be overlooked as well as revolutionising the way coaches are recruited and trained.
A sports training application is just one of the tools that can benefit athletes allowing them to take ownership of their training, download instructions from their coaches and train every day.
Fiona and Maureen also explained how Special Olympics athletes love technology. 61% have a feature phone while 43% have a smart phone. The vision is to create larger communities of respect and acceptance through social media allowing fans and sponsor to cheer on athletes and follow their progress.
Both called on technology companies and financiers to join the Special Olympics Movement in using digital technology to transform the lives of millions of people with intellectual disabilities.
Here is more information on Special Olympics Digital.