Category Archives: Past Events

Birth 2.0 Redux

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We at Ustream.TV love to see the platform being used to live broadcast those once-in-lifetime moments.

Chalk another special one up for the community: Last Wednesday, March 19th, the Ustream.TV community was privileged to usher in the birth of a healthy baby boy!

Thanks to the efforts of the social media maven Jesse Stay, the 6lbs 4oz miracle is already the most popular newborn on the block! But more importantly, with a little bit of Twitter and a little bit of Ustream, Jesse shared the magic of the moment with literally hundreds of relatives, family friends and well-wishers.

The parents are still settling on a name, so be sure to leave your suggestions on Jesse’s Ustream.TV page.

This is of course, Ustream’s second live on-air birth. Kids these days… such Ustream prodigies!

Check out the Jesse’s blog entry on the occasion here.

SXSW: Ustream.TV Bryan’s Recap

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There are undoubtedly countless “only in SXSW” moments for a non-twitterer like yours truely to really record and archive in web-published format.

Like, for example, having Mark Cuban walk up and spontaneously grab my camera to take a picture of ME — like the Dallas Maverick himself was but a kind stranger I subsequently thanked him as. Or getting a picture with the Geico caveman, in full regalia. Or meeting the various founders and execs of web 2.0 sites I use on a regular basis. Just another day in the life of SXSW Interactive.

But one of the most meaningful moments occurred on the first day of the SXSW Music portion, for the Pimp C tribute at Fuze. A tribute for recently deceased half of UGK, the show featured the other half, legendary underground rapper Bun B. If you aren’t hip to UGK, I forgive you, and I’ll pause as you quickly go Wikipedia them.

Time’s up.

So now you know that UGK is Texas underground legends who have hit number one on the Billboard and guested with Jay-Z on Big Pimpin. Yes, there are two other rappers on Big Pimpin. And you know that Bun B hadn’t had much time to mourn Pimp C’s untimely passing.

And right in the middle of the tribute show, right in the midst of a typically molasseses-thick Pimp C beat….

Bun B ever so subtlety broke out in tears. At least I think he did. Check out the evidence here:

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And kept on keeping on, hitting every single versed word of his fallen comrade in music.

You better believe their was hardly a dry eye in the building. OR the Ustream chatoom, for that matter.

And that’s not even the last of it. Thanks to the folks at AllHipHop.com, Bun B gave a shout out to all the viewers watching live from home!

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Other personal highlights from SXSW Music:
+ BushWick Bill’s surprise appearance at the Bun B show (streamed)
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+ Discovering Sabrosa Purr @ the Rock Opera Party (streamed)
+ Discovering the party bumping alchemy of DJ Klever at the Imeem showcase.
+ Discovering Chalie Boy, an ATX musician I would have never heard of outside SXSW. (streamed)
+ Dancing a fool to Flosstradamous… twice in one week
+ Dancing a fool to A-Trak…. twice in one week
+ Observing the Clipse close and in person, as to learn how to get my G on.
+ + Meeting Anthony Volodkin of one Hype Machine, one of my favorite music sites.
+ Watching our day-time music showcase, the Web 2.0 Hoedown, reach up to 670 concurrent viewers and over 100,000 unique viewers total… with barely 30 people at the venue itself. (streamed)

SXSW: Pics with the Geico Caveman

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Amidst all the networking and the pitching and the running around that SXSW requires and all the craziness that ensues, you get these cerebral moments of zaniness that can only be explained in a series of a thousand words. So here we go…

The Geico Caveman, in full regalia with…

Matt:
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Mazy:
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Me (Bryan):

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Brad:

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Brad 2:

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Brad 3:

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Yeah, Brad and the Caveman go waaaaaaay back. Millenniums. One uses sunscreen, one doesn’t. Can you tell which?

Digg Townhall: Lights! Camera! Cold Beer! Action!

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Last night, a contingent of the Ustream.TV team was lucky enough to visit the Digg offices in San Francisco to set up the live stream for their first townhall. The blogsphere was buzzing up a blizzard for this momentous occasion, and sure enough, over 8,000 unique viewers (with up to 2,300 concurrent viewers) tuned in live for Kevin Rose and Jay Adelson’s hour+ session. Watch the archived replay here:

Kevin and Jay ran through the top 20 “dugg” questions, as submitted and voted by Diggers specifically for this event. They certainly didn’t shy away from any of the questions, announcing plenty of exciting upcoming product launches, readily acknowledging current shortcomings, and directly addressing (and debunking) the “blacklist” and auto-bury” rumors that had been flying around.

While there were plenty of product specific answers, I was personally fascinated by Kevin and Jay’s anecdotes harkening back to the (relatively) early days of the company. According to Kevin himself, it wasn’t too long ago that he was personally staying up late, trolling submissions for spam and other unacceptable content. Brad and I can certainly recount parallels to Ustream, perhaps with an even fresher memory. It is interactive townhalls like these that remind us that the websites we all know and love is not just an impersonal interface, but a construction of hardworking human beings doing their best to serve their diverse, passionate community.

I should also mention that Kevin and Jay make for an entertaining pair, even as they maneuvered through the technical minutiae of product development and user experience. We certainly look forward to more of Jay and Kevin on live broadcast!

Rest assured, Jay, Kevin and the rest of the Digg team have plenty more townhalls and meetups in store. Be sure to visit http://digg.com/townhallfor updates and video archives.

And you know we couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to take pics!


Ustream.TV crew + Kevin Rose


Ustream.TV crew + Jay Adelson

Class is in Session… Today’s Lesson: Ustream.TV

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You can take it from me: the Ustream.TV team LOVES it when we catch educators and students finding creative ways to utilize the platform. Thanks to Ustreamer Xamas , the team celebrated a particularly unique, self-referential milestone in Ustream.TV academic content.

Ohio State University Ustreamer Bryant Kubik entered Ustream.TV as a topic in the hallowed halls of academic discourse with his superb Communication 101 presentation, “The Future of Television”. Bryant’s all-encompassing profile of Ustream and broadcast media is so comprehensive and on point, that I’m tempted to appropriate his video for all future Ustream.TV marketing purposes! Watch Bryant’s recorded video here.

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Bryant is a junior majoring in communications at Ohio State University, which he will parlay into a career in television or radio. Visit his Ustream.TV profile, code name: Xamas, and you’ll see he’s got a big head start!

Bryant not only outlined paradigm-shifting abstracts of live broadcasting and real-time interaction in his presentation, but made it real by securing the live participation of Ustream star Jody Gnant. No doubt, professor Prabu David’s class felt the “in-the-moment” magic of Bryant’s cutting-edge, anything-but-ordinary presentation.

Be sure to leave Bryant positive comments — and perhaps a grade — for a job well done!

2008 Complete Lunar Eclipse: How a Random Ustreamer Made My Night

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Lunar EclipseNothing is more boring that a Lunar Eclipse. You spend hours staring at a somewhat normal moon, your legs get tired, and whatever previous excitement you may have had quickly dwindles leaving you with nothing but strained eyes.

Yet…a Lunar Eclipse is still pretty sweet. The sheer fact that it is rare makes it awesome.

So, its February 20th, the night of the eclipse. At around 6:30 pm (pst) I jump out of my chair and alert everyone within shouting distance that its time to go watch the eclipse. No response. In a second attempt to gain some followers I explain that its the last complete Lunar Eclipse until 2010 and finally, among grumbles and sighs, but still some inevitable curiosity – I successfully lead everyone outside…Only to find that its cloudy.

Great.

In defeat I sat back down to my computer, blindly browsing my internet haunts. Huge success! Low and behold, someone on Ustream, in non-cloudy-Florida, was streaming the Lunar Eclipse. As I sat watching the moon slowly go dark, I enjoyed a lively chat with other viewers from all over the world. We were happy as could be.

I was completely glued to my seat for over an hour watching something that I found extremely boring. I’m not sure if it was the fact that I needed to see the moon go completely dark before I’d be satisfied, or if it was the crazy conversations I was involved in with the other viewers. Random people shouting “GOOD NIGHT MOOOON!”, “MOON! SHOE ON HEAD”, and the occasional babbling of a learned astronomer created such an entertaining and friendly environment that I couldn’t leave. Although I wasn’t the one streaming, I felt involved.

I think its safe to say that, along with the thousands of other viewers who watched the Lunar Eclipse on Ustream, this random Ustreamer made my night.

Changing The Face Of Education – History Channel, Ustream, Consource Make Live Interactive Lessons

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Thousands of students around the world today tuned in to listen to Pulitzer Prize Winning Author David McCullough speak live about our nation’s first President and Commander In Chief, George Washington.

To watch the full replay, please click here.

This live interactive lesson was produced in partnership with Ustream.TV, The History Channel, Verizon, Consource.org, and the NY Historical Society.

During the live stream, Mr. McCullough, taught a nationwide audience of students about George Washington using documents newly accessible on ConSource.org. Students online participated in the live webcast through the Ustream chat room and were able to ask questions of Mr. McCullough from anywhere in the world.

We have seen a surge of education training, lessons, and projects on Ustream over the last few months, most recently was the EduCon Conference from Philadelphia.

The Miracle of Birth: Daemondox Demonstrates Dachshund Delivery Dramatics

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Ustreamer Daemondox yesterday demonstrated the power of live video broadcasting when he streamed his pet dachshund, Magic, giving birth to a litter of puppies. Around 50+ viewers had a chance to experience the thrill and miracle of birth, before 2 year old Magic fell completely exhausted and could not push anymore. The viewers, sharing the worries and concerns of Daemondox, chimed in with invaluable advice and support in the chatrooms. You can just feel the tension of the moment in the chatroom dialogue recorded in the screencaps below (click on image to link to full size image):

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The viewers were then left in breathless suspense as Magic was rushed to the vet for oxygen treatment and c-section.

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Alas, the advice proved invaluable, as Magic returned from the vet alive, well, and a proud mother of a liter of four healthy puppies! Tune into Daemondox’s Ustream channel to keep track of the brand new happy dachshund family!

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Barack, Rudy, and John: Election Season Heating Up at Ustream

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As the presidential elections makes its steady march through the primaries, the viability of candidates take on a quantifiable momentum, producing breakthrough campaign activity both tragic and triumphant. Today, the Ustream community witnessed both extremes of the spectrum, live and in the moment.

Rudy Guiliani officially announced his withdrawal from the White House race, and thanks to our friends at Politico, we saw it all live from a front row seat at the press conference.

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Giuliani coupled his exit announcement with an endorsement of fellow Ustreamer — and presidential candidate — John McCain.

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On the democratic side of the campaign aisle, the Ustream community saw not one, but TWO speeches from Ustreamer – and presidential candidate — Barack Obama. Bouyed by his big win in South Carolina, Obama delivered a rousing speech to a massive rally in Denver, featuring Caroline Kennedy, before video-conferencing a talk with a Baptist organization. Barack’s team made sure to deliver both events live over Ustream.TV.

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Political news junkies take note – when we say “LIVE” update we actually mean it. Here’s to the next President of the United States, whichever Ustreamer it turns out to be!