SAS to run analytics for the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi

SAS will support the Local Organising Committee to analyse data and gather event insights

The event will curate data for not only operational planning purposes but potentially also utilisable for medical research.
The event will curate data for not only operational planning purposes but potentially also utilisable for medical research.

SAS has been picked as the official Analytics Supplier for the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

The global analytics specialist will analyse data sources and provide event insights pre, post and during the event.

With volumes of data being generated in real time from multiple sources throughout the Games, this event will curate valuable data for not only operational planning purposes but potentially also utilisable for medical research into behavioural insights to drive inclusiveness within society.

Peter Wheeler, CEO, Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 said, “The World Games in Abu Dhabi will mark the start of the next 50 years of Special Olympics, and so we want to ensure that these Games are innovative and technologically advanced. Leveraging the latest data-gathering methods to monitor our athletes and other constituents enables us not only to deliver excellence at the World Games, but also creates a legacy of valuable data that will help to redefine the future of the Special Olympics movement. We are grateful to SAS for partnering with us in this effort.”

As the Official Analytics Supplier for Special Olympics 2019, SAS will not only offer its artificial intelligence, machine learning and data management platform to analyse traditional and non-traditional data sources like athlete and spectator geospatial data, health data, spectator and volunteer data, but a team of volunteer data scientists and data enthusiasts will through the course of the event provide support to drive intelligent event insights as well.

“Inclusion is about offering the same opportunities to everyone, and providing encouragement and services to accommodate people’s differences. At SAS we are passionate about this cause. While some people look at data and see numbers, we see numbers and see faces and an opportunity to drive change. This partnership with Special Olympics Local Organising Committee Abu Dhabi also reflects our commitment to support such path breaking initiatives encouraged by the visionary leadership of the UAE Government.” says Alaa Yousef, managing director, SAS Middle East

SAS is a partner globally for the Data for Good movement, which encourages using data in meaningful ways to solve humanitarian issues around poverty, health, human rights, education etc., and the Special Olympics movement and its data share the same ethos and spirit.

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