The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony

The breathtaking globe that floated high above Olympic stadium was just one of many unforgettable moments that marked the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. As the Official Drone Partner of the Olympic Games, Intel launched 1,824 drones into the sky in a spectacular performance that began with the Olympics’ Kabuki-inspired checkered emblem. As the emblem hung large in the night sky, it seamlessly transitioned into a blue and white orb before morphing into the now-iconic globe.  

Category Sporting Events
Client International Olympic Committee
Location Tokyo, Japan
Drones 1,824 Premium
Impact Hundreds of millions of impressions

While the stunning image of the world hovered over the stadium, John Lennon’s beloved song “Imagine,” arranged by Hans Zimmer, provided a heartfelt accompaniment. Sung by John Legend, Keith Urban, Beninese singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo, Spanish performer Alejandro Sanz, and the Suginami Children’s Choir, the rendition provided a stirring soundtrack to the performance that quickly became a social media sensation.

Beyond the technological and artistic achievement of the drone performance, Intel also played a key role in bringing forward new technologies in many other aspects of the games. From Intel True View and 3D Athlete Tracking technologies to 5G-connected video, Intel helped flame the excitement for fans around the world. #tokyo2020 #inteldronelightshows.


If we were to pick a single highlight to sum up the opening ceremony, it would be the breathtaking drone display... It was truly a jaw-dropping moment.