MACAU, September 17, 2007 – Lenovo, a worldwide leader in the PC market, today announced its plan to invite Macau'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 look for a Macanese torchbearer who embodies the Olympic Spirit, through a public selection campaign, to take part in the Olympic Torch Relay in Macau.
"As Macau has been selected as a stop on the international portion of the Olympic Torch Relay route, we are pleased to welcome the Lenovo-designed torch and to honor 'new thinkers' from Macau with participation in the Olympic Torch Relay." said Ken Wong, General Manager, Lenovo Hong Kong and Taiwan.
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:
Any Macau citizens who desire to become the Lenovo Macau Torchbearer for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games can go to
for entry submission. Candidates 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 short-listed for interviews, through which the final Lenovo Macau Torchbearer will be selected.
From now till 5 October, 2007: "New Thinkers" in Macau will be welcomed to sign up 6 October to 12 October, 2007: 10 finalists will be short-listed and notified by Lenovo for final round interviews13 October, 2007: Interviews with the 10 finalists to take place
"Lenovo is proud to play a unique role in this upcoming Olympic Torch Relay as the worldwide partner for the relay," added Ken Wong. "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."
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.
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world's best engineered personal computers. Lenovo's business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see