6 March 2010 - Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, launched the Singapore 2010 Odyssey today at the Singapore 2010 Odyssey Roadshow. This is the first three-dimensional virtual world developed based on an Olympic event.
Singapore, 6 March 2010 | For Immediate Release
Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts (middle) together with RADM(NS) Ronnie Tay, Chief Executive Officer, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (left) and Mr Goh Kee Nguan, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (right) at the Launch of the Singapore 2010 Odyssey held at Cathay Cineleisure Orchard.
Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, launched the Singapore 2010 Odyssey (www.singapore2010.sg/o) today at the Singapore 2010 Odyssey Roadshow. This is the first three-dimensional virtual world developed based on an Olympic event.
A joint initiative by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC), the Singapore 2010 Odyssey leverages on Singapore’s world class infocomm technology (ICT) infrastructure and innovative use of ICT to present an immersive virtual experience of the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
The Singapore 2010 Odyssey will feature the competition venues and the Youth Olympic Village for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games in a futuristic world set in 3010. Users will be able to create their own avatars, compete in games and learn more about the Olympic Games.
"The Singapore 2010 Odyssey is a unique virtual world platform offering many possibilities for learning, social networking and entertainment, as it reaches out to the youths from all over the world in a fun and interactive way. The development of the 3D virtual world is testimony to Singapore's infocomm capabilities in innovatively harnessing digital media technologies to support major events like the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games," said RADM(NS) Ronnie Tay, Chief Executive Officer of IDA.
Through online games, multimedia content and social activities, local and international youths will learn about the Olympic values and the 26 Summer Youth Olympic sports, participate in in-world Culture and Education Programme (CEP) activities and interact with youths from around the world.
The virtual world also allows students participating in the Friends@YOG NOC-schools twinning programme to create original content specific to their twinned schools. Athletes, officials and visitors attending the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games will also get a sneak preview of the Games venues ahead of the actual sports meet in August.
"Singapore 2010 Odyssey, a 3D virtual world is another Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games digital media initiative. SYOGOC is leveraging on digital media to encourage people around the world - especially the youth - to connect to the inaugural YOG and the Olympic Movement. With the Singapore 2010 Odyssey, people from around the world can interact with one another regardless of physical boundaries and experience Singapore 2010 virtually before and during the Games," said Mr Goh Kee Nguan, Chief Executive Officer of SYOGOC.
Other on-going digital media initiatives for Singapore 2010 include the Million Deeds Challenge virtual torch relay, Digital Concierge for Singapore 2010 and the WhyOhGee microsite.
The Singapore 2010 Odyssey is accessible through registration at www.singapore2010.sg/o. Users will have to download a client application for desktop and laptop personal computers.
JOINTLY ISSUED BY INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE
AND SINGAPORE YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES ORGANISING COMMITTEE
- Address By Acting Minister, For Information, Communications And the Arts At The Launch Of The Singapore 2010 Odyssey
About the Singapore 2010 Odyssey
Singapore 2010 Odyssey is a 3D virtual world that offers youth the ability to participate in quests and games styled on a futuristic theme. Travelling through space and time, youth from across the world can interact with one another while discovering the spirit of the first Youth Olympic Games to be held in Singapore in August 2010. Featuring engaging graphics, fun activities and a high degree of customisation, Singapore 2010 Odyssey can be accessed at www.singapore2010.sg/o.
About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is committed to growing Singapore into a dynamic global infocomm hub. IDA uses an integrated approach to developing infocommunications in Singapore. This involves nurturing a competitive telecoms market as well as a conducive business environment with programmes and schemes for both local and international companies. For more news and information, visit www.ida.gov.sg.
About Singapore 2010 - Blazing the Trail
Singapore will be hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) from 14 to 26 August 2010. The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games will receive some 5,000 athletes and officials from the 205 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), along with an estimated 1,200 media representatives, 20,000 local and international volunteers, and more than 500,000 spectators. Young athletes - aged between 14 and 18 years - will compete in 26 sports and take part in a Culture and Education Programme.
The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games aims to inspire youth around the world to embrace, embody and express the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect. It will create a lasting sports, culture and education legacy for Singapore and youths from around the world, as well as enhance and elevate the sporting culture locally and regionally.
For more information, please visit www.singapore2010.sg.
For media clarification, please contact:
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
TAN Sock Gim (Ms)
Manager, Corporate & Marketing Communication
Tel: +65 6211 1350
Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee
Joey CHEN (Ms)
Assistant Manager, Communications & Public Relations
Tel: +65 9090 0705