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Alipay Facilitates First Digital Cauldron Lighting in Asian Games History

Alipay, the digital payment giant and Official Prestige Partner of the Hangzhou Asian Games, has made history by supporting over 100 million digital torchbearers in the first-ever digital cauldron lighting ceremony. The initiative was part of the Smart Hangzhou 2022 platform, a one-stop digital service for the Games. Alipay's technology ensured that even phones produced 8 years ago could participate in the digital interaction.


  • Sep 25, 2023 07:12
Alipay Facilitates First Digital Cauldron Lighting in Asian Games History

Key Takeaways

Alipay, the Official Prestige Partner of the Hangzhou Asian Games, enabled over 100 million digital torchbearers to participate in the first-ever digital cauldron lighting.

The digital torchbearer program was part of the Smart Hangzhou 2022 platform.

Alipay's technology ensured compatibility across 300 types of phones, including those produced 8 years ago.

The Ceremony and Technology

The Hangzhou Asian Games kicked off on September 23, 2023, with an opening ceremony that blended Chinese culture and digital innovations. Alipay played a crucial role as the technology provider, enabling over 100 million users to become digital torchbearers. These users were represented by a single digital avatar that lit the cauldron alongside Olympic swimming champion Wang Shun.

The Digital Torchbearer Program

Launched on June 15, 2023, the Asian Games Digital Torchbearer Online Relay campaign allowed participants to become "Asian Games Digital Torchbearers" through the Smart Hangzhou 2022 platform. Over 100 million users signed up, making it the first one-stop digital service platform for a major international multi-sport event.

Inclusivity and Compatibility

Alipay's engineers tested the technology on over 300 types of phones to ensure broad compatibility. The technology stack included Alipay’s in-house developed Galacean interactive engine, AI avatars, cloud services, and blockchain solutions. After the ceremony, participants received a blockchain-stored certificate of participation.

Additional Interactions

Beyond the digital cauldron lighting, tens of thousands of on-site spectators engaged in interactions through Alipay’s AR and AI technologies, including summoning official mascots on their phones and sending virtual lanterns into the sky.

About Alipay

Alipay has evolved from a payment tool to an open platform serving over one billion consumers and 80 million businesses across various industries. It offers a range of digital services through mini-programs, lifestyle accounts, and IoT.

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