Alibaba unveiled a customized edition of its intelligent collaboration workplace platform DingTalk to streamline communication and organization for the 19th Asian Games, which kick off in Hangzhou on Sept. 23.
Over 16 days, thousands of athletes from more than 40 countries will compete in over 480 events across 40 sports like kurash, a form of wrestling popular in central Asia, and the Chinese martial art wushu.
Stakeholders, from organizers and suppliers to volunteers and venue operators, have leveraged the cloud-native digital platform to prepare for this mega-sporting occasion.
“DingTalk’s role in the Games is a critical one and an important opportunity to demonstrate how technology can make hosting events of this scale more streamlined and efficient,” Alex Li, Vice President of DingTalk, said in a statement.
The platform features an AI-powered chatbot that can analyze and extract information from group chats to respond to users’ Games-related questions.
Dingtalk’s wider suite of office automation tools also enables teams from the organizing committee and venue operators to coordinate on daily tasks, including real-time document editing and approval request processing.
The Asian Games edition of Dingtalk allows users to develop their own applications on the platform, such as an appointment application developed for athletes to check the availability of training venues.
It has received over 50,000 daily visits on average since preparations for the games began.
“DingTalk for Asian Games is… a valuable asset and experience Hangzhou would like to dedicate to future international large-scale sports events,” said Ge Zhang, Deputy Director of Radio, Television and Information Technology Department of the Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee, in the same release.