POSTED: March 27th 2016

Olympics: Rome 2024 encouraging innovators to aid the bid campaign

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Rome 2024 Bid Committee has been meeting with start-ups and new talents to encourage innovators to get involved in the promotion of the city's bid campaign.

Rome is bidding against Los Angeles, Budapest and Paris to host the 2024 summer Games and the IOC will vote on their final city next year at the IOC session in Lima, Peru.

The Bid Committee first meeting was with the Tech StartupRoma community at the headquarters of TimWorkingCapital. The meeting was to discover and invest in useful technological ideas that would not only aid the bid but help the innovative development of Rome.

Monica Lucarelli, who is in charge of Education, Social and Territorial Program for the 2024 Rome Bid, talked about the importance of technological innovation as part of the Italian DNA and how it can enhance the strategic assets of the city's bid.

She stated, "The IoT-Internet of Things is changing the way of living worldwide and will also change international events like the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We want to use the opportunity of our Bid to boost the creative industries and the startups of the territory."

In addition, the Rome 2024 Bid Committee evaluated startuppers initiatives that were presented in four projects. First was the Bed & Care Plan, which proposes an application that offers professional and support services, along with aiding accessible tourism for the elderly and physically challenged. Then the creator of Pedius introduced a mobile app that uses synthesis technologies and speech recognition for deaf people. Scooterino presented another application that will receive and offer rides on two wheels while Moovenda enables high-quality food delivery services to homes.

Moreover, the University of Tor Vergata has researchers aiming to develop innovative processes and products within the themes of the 2024 Games.  

All this is designed to promote the economic development of the region while also creating knowledge0intensive enterprises.

A commission of experts will evaluate the 19 project proposals from the academic, business, and financial world that have been submitted. The Rome 2024 Bid Committee will be presented the selected ideas as part of a special event in April. The Committee's next meeting will take place at the LuissEnlabs headquarters on April 11. 

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