HONG KONG, August 13, 2007 – Lenovo, a worldwide leader in the PC market, today announced it will extend invitations to Hong Kong's most innovative thinkers to participate in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay. As a Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay and TOP sponsor of the Olympic Games, Lenovo will celebrate the power of inspiration in Hong Kong by honoring a Hong Kong torchbearer who embodies the Olympic Spirit.
"We are delighted that Hong Kong has been selected as a stop on the international portion of the Olympic Torch Relay route," said Ken Wong, General Manager, Lenovo Hong Kong and Taiwan. "Lenovo is pleased to welcome the Lenovo-designed torch and to honor 'new thinkers' from Hong Kong with participation in the Olympic Torch Relay."
Lenovo's primary theme for the Olympic Torch Relay will be centered around the "new thinker" - someone who approaches situations with an innovative philosophy and finds creative solutions to bring about global change. The criteria for a "new thinker" are:
To submit nominations to be a Lenovo Torchbearer in Hong Kong, nominators can go to www.lenovo.com/hk/otr. Nominators will be asked to submit an essay of up to 100 words outlining how they meet both the BOCOG and Lenovo torchbearer criteria. After the open nomination period, 10 finalists will be selected through face-to-face interviews for the final competition, which will be broadcast on the TVB Jade channel on October 19, 2007 at 11:05PM. Key milestones for the Lenovo Torchbearer selection in Hong Kong are listed below:
13 August to 30 September, 2007: "New Thinkers" in Hong Kong will be welcomed to sign up 1 October to 7 October 10, 2007: Torchbearer finalists will be selected by Lenovo to enter the final8 October, 2007: Official notification of the 10 Torchbearer finalists19 October, 2007: Final competition broadcast by TVB Jade. The winner will be announced as the Olympic Torch bearer for Hong Kong
"Lenovo is proud to play a unique role in this upcoming Olympic Torch Relay as the worldwide partner for the relay," said Alice Lee, Vice President of Olympic Marketing, Lenovo. "We see the Olympic Torch Relay as a significant opportunity to further introduce and showcase the Lenovo brand to the world. 'New thinkers' are those that embody our company's philosophy and share in our global vision. They are representative of our passion for ingenuity and exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit. We plan to honor them globally."
Coinciding with the Lenovo Olympic Torchbearer Selection Competition in Hong Kong, a series of 1-minute television programs, sponsored by Lenovo, will be aired on TVB Jade channel starting today. Every weeknight at 8:00PM from August 13 to September 21, 2007, the “Lenovo Olympic Torch Special” will feature fun facts and information about the Olympic torch design and other Olympic Torch Relays.
The official torch lighting will take place in Olympia, Greece, in March 2008. The torch is planned to travel to 22 cities in five continents before spending 97 days traveling to more than 100 cities in Mainland China. It will arrive at its final destination in Beijing on August 8, 2008, marking the start of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. It is the longest ever Torch Relay in Olympic history with more cities visited than any past Games.
* The selection criteria of Lenovo Torchbearer are in compliance with the selection guidelines from BOCOG. Lenovo reserves the right to cancel or amend this activity.
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