Amazon Web Services funds to give Orlando Special Olympics groundbreaking tech capabilities (by Alex Soderstrom)

For the first time, the Special Olympics USA Games will offer an all-in-one fan engagement app for 125,000 spectators, powered by a serverless infrastructure designed by Orlando-based cloud computing solutions firm Solodev. This project got some recent help in the form of an Amazon Web Services Inc. Imagine Grant, an annual grant for nonprofits using technology to solve problems.

Being one of 20 recipients of the grant helps the Special Olympics USA Games create an app that’s the first of its kind of the Special Olympics and will be used in Special Olympics games beyond 2022, Snyder said. “All of this is the first time it’s ever been possible at a Special Olympics event before.”

The capabilities of the app will include:

  • Creating custom game schedules
  • Live streaming competitions, award ceremonies and more
  • Reviewing transportation schedules
  • Engaging with in-venue augmented reality experiences
  • Allowing virtual ticketing
  • Push notifications for competition updates, weather delays and more
  • Experimental marketing to connect with sponsorship opportunities
  • The ability to send virtual “cheers” to athletes