In the countdown to #TBF22, we’re highlighting some of the VIP guests who will be joining us in Manchester. This week: Florian Hartmann, Director of Constituent Services for the Special Olympics World Games, discusses the agenda for the sporting event.
Taking place in Berlin in June next year, the Special Olympics World Games (or Special Olympiad) is a multi-sport tournament for athletes with intellectual disabilities, organized by the IOC-recognised Special Olympics organisation. Alternating between summer and winter, the World Games have become the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement and have grown to be an international demonstration of inclusion, acceptance, and unity. The tournament includes sports such as badminton, football, horse riding, swimming and rowing.
Hartmann has been on the organising team of the Special Olympics since February 2020 and has previously held several roles such as the head of the membership department and members’ interests officer with leading German Bundesliga club FC Schalke 04.
TheTicketingBusiness: What excites you in ticketing and technology in the early part of 2022?
Florian Hartmann: “The way we can integrate the full spectator experience into our ticketing concept. Both for entertainment and accessibility assistance. It’s about so much more than just selling a ticket.”
TTB: What’s on the roadmap for the next 6-12 months?
FH: “We’re working towards the Special Olympics World Games in June 2023, which will bring 198 competing delegations with 11,000 participants and 300,000 spectators to Berlin to celebrate inclusion and sport.”
TTB: What are you looking forward to most about the Forum?
FH: “Learning about the future trends and technological advancements in the industry. And, of course, connecting with others in the industry after a hard two years!”