The aim of the Tokyo 2020 Open Innovation Challenge is to enhance the future spectator experience for sporting events ©Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020 has launched its "Open Innovation Challenge", a technology competition aimed at creating an innovative spectator experience and getting people involved in next year's Olympic Games in Japan.

Participants are invited to develop and submit prototypes of any type of technology application leveraging the cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, including mobile, web-based or robot applications. 

The aim is to enhance the future spectator experience for sporting events and highlight Tokyo 2020's commitment to innovation.

The "Open Innovation Challenge" will focus on the spectator experience at basketball 3x3, BMX freestyle, skateboarding and sport climbing events – the new, youth-focused urban sports making their first appearance on the Olympic programme at Tokyo 2020.

Alibaba Cloud will provide cloud computing services, while Intel will lend a variety of assets. 

Tokyo 2020, Alibaba Cloud and Intel will jointly review and select as winners those who develop the most innovative and creative applications.

Those eligible to participate are individuals or groups from Japan or overseas.

The application period runs from today through to October 13, with the first examination – in the form of document screening – taking place from October 14 to November 1.

The result announcement is scheduled for November 2.

Developers or groups who pass the first screening will be invited to take part in a training programme to learn about the Alibaba Cloud environment and Intel AI products. 

The training will be held in Tokyo on November 9, and the programme will be in a lecture format conducted in Japanese. 

An English training document will be organised for those who do not speak Japanese.

The final examination – in the form of presentations – is set for February 22.

Gold, silver and bronze prizes will be awarded along with a 2020 special prize.