Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games

Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games
Lausanne, Suisse
January 2020
Youth Olympic Games

Enabling smart management of volunteers at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games

In January 2020, Lausanne (Switzerland) hosted the Winter Youth Olympic Games, a major multi-sport event for over 1800 young elite athletes from 79 countries and featuring more than 80 medal events. In fact, this was the largest number of athletes at a Winter Youth Olympic Games!
Wiz-Team’s event management solution
“Event-Works” was selected by the organisers to conduct the registration of, and data collection from, 4000 volunteers who, during the Games, were deployed across five sports clusters and other important locations such as the athletes’ villages, the airport and train stations.

Wiz-Team’s software provided a new, user-friendly sign-up process and enabled the efficient collection of key information from this important stakeholder group who help make the Games a reality. The data collected included details for accreditation, uniform sizes, validation of shift assignments and uniform pick-up dates. Conditional tabs were also used to collect only the necessary information, like parental consent forms for minors. 

Speaking of his collaboration with Wiz-Team, Cédric Detraz, Head of Volunteers for Lausanne 2020, said: “Wiz-Team provided us with a smart, flexible and flawless solution for the efficient management of volunteers. Their intuitive sign-up page helped to increase the speed and number of registrations, which we needed urgently at that specific stage of Games preparation. Wiz-Team went for a multi-phase approach and only requested basic information in the first step, necessary to evaluate the volunteers. Thereby on the first day alone, we registered more than 1’000 candidates without any technical glitch. That’s what I call success!”

The registration platform also allowed volunteers to register and create a profile via smartphones and tablets – devices that are of second-nature to the many younger volunteers drawn to this event. In addition, it integrated with a local sport volunteer programme. By entering a code, registering volunteers could then easily be identified as coming from this programme which facilitated the task assignments implemented by the organisers at a later stage.      

This solution is just as applicable to the coordination of workforces in sport and beyond and constitutes one of many different event management modules within Event-Works. To learn about Wiz-Team’s entire range of modules and companion apps, click here.


Senior Director - Wiz-Team Italia

Stefano joined Wiz-Team in March of 2022 as the Senior Director of Wiz-Team Italia. He is charged with the oversight, management, and growth of Wiz-Team’s fourth location and second development arm in Torino, Italy.

Previously, Stefano served as a Senior Director at Deltatre where he spent 17 years supporting organisational growth and leading the delivery of their technical solutions for some of the most exciting and challenging sport events in the world including the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro, the Olympic Games, the National Football League, and many more.

When not overseeing complex and challenging technical projects, Stefano is an avid sports enthusiast both as a fan and as a participant.  He also has a knack for music quizzes.



As the founder and CEO of Wiz-Team, Johann has been a part of this adventure long before the start of the organisation 10 years ago. This dynamic and fast-growing company was born out of gap in the market Johann and his colleagues experienced as event managers in the early 2000s.  With little tools available to effectively manage the demands and challenges of data management for complex events, they decided to build their own solution. 

Shortly thereafter Johann created Event-Works and later Wiz-Team with the vision to deliver world class digital solutions built by event professionals for event professionals. From Wiz-Team headquarters in his hometown Lausanne, he oversees a global network of developers and experts, who support the organisations mission to empower event professionals through smart, intuitive, and innovative digital solutions. 

Johann’s expertise in event data management is outstanding.  He has delivered innovative event management solutions to every Olympic Games edition since 2004 alongside a range of other international events. Having worked across many sectors, including sports federations, the medical congress industry, corporate companies, and government agencies, he has acquired a wide-ranging background and an exceptional experience in various types and sizes of events. Before he set up Wiz-Team, Johann specialised in web and database development, as well as project management in the luxury industry, and teaching.

Johann holds an MBA in international management and speaks English, French and some German. In his spare time, he enjoys scuba diving, discovering the world on a motorbike, gaming and exploring new technologies.