Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Internet Café, Gaming Xbox Kiosks Add High Tech Buzz to the Games

LEXINGTON, KY— September 29, 2010 -- The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games  now in full swing are featuring a number of new innovations and guest services this year, compliments of Microsoft Corp.
Working with the Games, Microsoft developed aVIP Business Center at the Maker’s Mark Bourbon Village Hospitality Pavilion and created an Internet Café, filled with computing and gaming stations, including Xbox kiosks.  Students from the Kentucky Student Technology Leadership Program are providing technical support in the Internet Café and Business Center.  The students’ technology understanding and customer service skills are strong indicators of the state’s ability to develop the next generation of technical leaders.

In the spirit of the Games, technology reuse, and Microsoft’s own green initiatives, Microsoft has also erected a barn to house the Internet Café. The barn is already a prominent landmark for spectators. After the Games, Microsoft will donate the barn to the Lexington Humane Society.

“We are thrilled to be part of such a prestigious event,” said Microsoft General Manager Nancy Holliday, who was born and raised in Lexington, KY. “There are many Microsoft employees who call Kentucky home or who have their roots here, so supporting the state with world class software and services is extremely exciting for us all.”  Currently, Microsoft provides email services to over 800,000 students and teachers throughout the state.

“The services that Microsoft is bringing to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will not only be helpful to guests but will also display Microsoft’s commitment to help others through technology,” said Terry Johnson, vice president of marketing and sales at the World Games 2010 Foundation.

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