The Optimization of the Olympic Games
- 150 BCE. The Mechanolympics
Location: Various locations, Greece
Use of the Antikythera mechanism. Whilst its precise purpose is unknown, research shows it may have been used to track dates to host the events. The maker also remains unknown.
- 1912. The Photolympics
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
The introduction of the first photo finish equipment for close-finish track events.
- 1924. The Radiolympics
Location: Paris, France
First radio broadcast. (On the air)
- 1932. The Exactolympics
Location: Los Angeles, United States of America
The first time newsreel film had to be analysed to determine the winner of the 100-meter race. (100 m)
- 1936. The Telelympics
Location: Berlin, Germany
The first ever televised Olympic games with results transmitted by telex. (Newsreels are rushed to broadcast via zeppelins.)
- 1960. The Computolympics
Location: Squaw Valley, United States of America
IBM RAMAC 305. First computer used in modern day Olympics. Punch card data collection and central printing facility are the technology luxuries of the day.
- 1964. The Digilympics
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Olympic results are stored on computers for the first time.
- 1996. The Netlympics
Location: Atlanta (Georgia), United States of America
The first ever Olympic Games website is launched. Website hits: 180.000.000.
- 2006.The Applympics
Location: Turin, Italy
Trained over 20.000 volunteers. The introduction of web-based apps. Accreditations: 90.000.
- 2010. The Ecolympics
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Technology to reduce the environmental impact of the Olympic Games. Reduced CO2 emissions and improved data access via online portals.
- 2012. The Techlympics
Location: London, England
A whopping: 11.000 computers for 17.000 athletes, over 10.000 desktops, 1.000 laptops & 900 servers. Also: possibility being the first ever cashless Olympics.
SOURCES: http://uk.atos.net | http://www.theregister.co.uk | http://news.nationalgeographic.com | http://bezbridge.com | http:// www.merinews.com | http://olympic-museum.de | http://www.wikipedia.org