Alipay, the Official Prestige Partner of the Hangzhou Asian Games, enabled over 100 million digital torchbearers to participate in the first-ever digital cauldron lighting.
The digital torchbearer program was part of the Smart Hangzhou 2022 platform.
Alipay’s technology ensured compatibility across 300 types of phones, including those produced 8 years ago.
The Ceremony and Technology
The Hangzhou Asian Games kicked off on September 23, 2023, with an opening ceremony that blended Chinese culture and digital innovations. Alipay played a crucial role as the technology provider, enabling over 100 million users to become digital torchbearers. These users were represented by a single digital avatar that lit the cauldron alongside Olympic swimming champion Wang Shun.
The Digital Torchbearer Program
Launched on June 15, 2023, the Asian Games Digital Torchbearer Online Relay campaign allowed participants to become “Asian Games Digital Torchbearers” through the Smart Hangzhou 2022 platform. Over 100 million users signed up, making it the first one-stop digital service platform for a major international multi-sport event.
Inclusivity and Compatibility
Alipay’s engineers tested the technology on over 300 types of phones to ensure broad compatibility. The technology stack included Alipay’s in-house developed Galacean interactive engine, AI avatars, cloud services, and blockchain solutions. After the ceremony, participants received a blockchain-stored certificate of participation.
Beyond the digital cauldron lighting, tens of thousands of on-site spectators engaged in interactions through Alipay’s AR and AI technologies, including summoning official mascots on their phones and sending virtual lanterns into the sky.
Alipay has evolved from a payment tool to an open platform serving over one billion consumers and 80 million businesses across various industries. It offers a range of digital services through mini-programs, lifestyle accounts, and IoT.
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