My London 2012 Olympic Gamesmaker Technology Interview


I’ve just received an email from the London 2012 organising committee accepting my application to become one of thousands of Olympic Gamesmakers that will help keep the two weeks of the Olympic games running smoothly between 27 July to 12 August 2012.

The committee detected that I have a technology background (spot on!) and have invited me – along with no doubt hundreds of other techno-savvy people – to a mass ‘technology’ interviewing session to take place at the ExCEL conference centre in London’s docklands on 17th April.

I’m not sure how this will work although I do get a disturbing imaginary vision of standing in a queue with other ‘tech’ hopefuls all shouting to a TV camera that “London has the Tech-Factor!“, and standing on a spot being grilled by a tech version of Simon Cowell. “I’m sorry Nick, but unless you can recite the seven layers of computer networking* it’s a No from me”.

I’m sure the reality will be far more friendly – and if, as it seems, 17 April is the ‘tech interview’ day for everyone identified as tech-savvy then maybe I’ll see you there.

*In case you get asked, the 7 layers of computer networking (OSI model) are:

  1. Physical
  2. Data Link
  3. Network
  4. Transport
  5. Session
  6. Presentation
  7. Application