|Image: Sign pointing the way to the Games Maker Selction Event|
Yesterday (Sunday 17 April) I arrived to attend my scheduled interview to become one of the many thousands of Games Makers who will turn the London 2012 Olympics “from a good Games to a great Games” according to Lord (Sebastian) Coe.
The interview day had a technology twist to it, as everyone who attended yesterday had been invited because of IT skills and experience. So, at 11:30am I arrived at the LOCOG’s special interviewing centre set up in the ExCel conference center in east London’s Victoria Dock.
|Image: Check-in area inside the Games Maker hall, showing “Your Route” to registration, exhibition, cinema and interview areas|
I arrived at the ‘Check-in’ where my name was checked on a list, then offered a blue wristband, thereby joining the ‘blue interviewees’ team. We then sat on some London 2012 Olympic logo-shaped couches while eating handfuls of Cadbury’s chocolate from nearby bowls, and awaited registration.
A very jolly lady (considering she was inside working on a sunny Sunday morning) looked at my registered identity, checked my driving licence and passport to confirm I was who I said I was, then took a photo of me using a webcam. She then told me to “enjoy the experience!”.
The “experience” consisted of a 20 minute wait for the ‘cinema’ as indicated on a countdown screen, and the use of that time to talk to a Games Maker Technical Expert who described the various technical roles available to us.
The 20-odd roles were mostly about entering data or maintaining data flows between buildings and the various Olympic teams. For example I could be watching a tennis match and press the appropriate button whenever an event took place, such as “deuce”. Yes, a button marked “deuce” would have to be pressed there and then, thus building up stats about the game. I could do that!
I could also certainly do the “print run” which consisted of anything from running with printed results from one building / team / organisation to another, through to keeping the printers going. Maybe I would have to look after laser printers 20-39 in a series, keep them filled with A4, tend to paper jams and refill them with replacement ink cartridges as needed. I did wonder what paper was doing in the electronic age but it was pointed out that it was a backup to the electronic means in case electronic communications stuttered or broke for a while. Made sense I suppose!
|Image: “Our vision” presentation unit with messages and a video showing just how nice hosting the Olympic Games is going to be for everyone.|
Surrounding us in our wait for the cinema were presentation units showing a mix of video, audio and text about “our vision” and “our heritage” which contained inspirational messages about the games and the roles of Games Makers turning good into Great!
|Image: The Games Maker presentation unit, inviting attendees to write an inspirational message about what they hoped to get out of being a Games Maker.|
|Image: The “teams and roles” presentation unit showed the various headline roles being offered to Games Makers|
|Image: A white board filled with messages from attendees who had completed their interview. Click this image for full size and you can read many of the messages on the closest white board.|