I remember in my high school Physics class we did a egg drop competition. The idea was to construct a device that would protect a egg and with stand a 2 story fall created out of normal everyday materials. The project was pass/fail. Broken egg equaled failure and a whole egg equaled passing.
For weeks I developed mathematical models and conducted hard core engineering analysis knowing my egg would land like a feather. The elaborate device I created was both beautiful and scientifically sound. On the big day, I dropped my creation only to watch my egg break and splatter into a million pieces.
That’s why when I watched 8th graders at Northbrook Junior High School test their contraptions in their annual egg drop, a flood of memories came back to me.
This event was especially intriguing as well because the parents of the students were able to watch this live from home and work. Earlier in the week, another school broadcasted their students science project presentations during school hours for their parents.
I absolutely love these type of uses of Ustream. Microbroadcasting for the masses to me is so exciting because of exactly events such as this. I’m glad these parents were able to witness their son and daughter’s egg heroics ……….or tragedies.
Here’s a Replay:
I found this great blog post on using Ustream in the classroom as well:
Over the past year, Ustream has been witness to numerous high profile political figures from Hillary Clinton to the Former President of Ireland. We recently witnessed Mike Gravel’s Anti-Debate on Ustream after he was not allowed to participate in the national event on MSNBC.
As impressive as the national events are, I’m most intrigued by the use of Ustream in local politics. This past week, the SB Sun Newspaper did live commentary around the election results for two precincts in San Bernardino, California. People from the local area were encouraged to watch and take part as the election results rolled in through midnight. Although I knew little about the candidates and the specific political climate in SB, I witnessed local democracy in action and actually enjoyed it.
As the barriers to stream come down (and they will people!!!), I know we’ll see more small towns around the country doing similar streams.
See the full election night coverage here:
Kate Michelman, former president of NARAL pro-choice America, and Cate Edwards, John and Elizabeth’s daughter, will attend a series of events in New Hampshire to discuss John’s plans to address some of the most important issues facing women today.
As part of this event, they will each be taking questions live from the chatrooms on Ustream.TV. The live stream will begin Saturday Nov 10th at 2:30pm EST. Please join us
For more information or submit a question, please visit:
Tonight NBC hosted a Democratic debate live from Drexel University. Presidential candidates Chris Dodd, Dennis Kucinich, and Mike Gravel took the opportunity to have their staffs stream live and even stream themselves.
Congressman Dennis Kucinich spoke for nearly 20 minutes with the hundreds tuning in on Ustream, taking questions from the chatroom. Senator Chris Dodd’s staff streamed live from their Campaign War Room giving us a inside look into the behind the scenes in presidential politics.
Whatever your political affiliation, get involved. Its your civic duty!
The stars of FX Network’s super popular show Nip/Tuck streamed live last night on Fxnetworks.com and through the Ustream.TV platform.
The stars interacted directly with the Ustream chatroom as fans around the world were able to speak directly with the cast.
For more information on Nip/Tuck, please visit the FX Network Nip/Tuck Website.
One of the coolest uses of Ustream I’ve seen since we started the company has been the Start Up Weekend events.
The idea of a group of people trying to build a entire company in one weekend is both exciting and fascinating. As their website states, “Startup Weekend is an idea, an experiment, a chance to gather the tech community and create a company over one jam packed weekend.” That is just cool.
The last StartUp Weekend in Colorado was great: See Here >> http://ustream.tv/blog/2007/07/08/start-up-weekend-70-founders-create-company-in-one-weekend-on-ustreamtv/
For more information check out http://dc.startupweekend.com
To watch the live coverage visit:
Good luck everyone in DC this weekend!!
For the past few days, I’ve watched in horror the fires raging through Southern California on Ustream. We have seen spectacular coverage of the event from San Bernardino with live discussions and on the ground video footage. The stories have been real, emotional, and raw.
As the barriers to stream decrease (and they will), we will see more and more citizen journalist giving real and lightning fast coverage of news stories.
Already Ustream has witnessed citizen journalist in the past cover major national events, often before main stream media covers it. Students from the Virginia Tech massacre were able to stream live from their dorms during the school lock down on Ustream. The earthquake in Mexico about 6 months ago was also covered live on Ustream before the major media outlets even knew.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those in harms way in California. For more coverage please visit: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/live-from-the-sun
Nip/Tuck’s Season 5 premieres on October 30th on FX. FX, among other major media companies, are embracing emerging technology to supplement traditional promotion efforts.
“Fans that interact with the stars on the launch or premiere of a series are far more likely to feel compelled to tune-in and watch consistently. After all, I’ve watched all the seasons of a major sitcom because I actually met the lead star…when you feel a sense of connection, it’s easy to decide on what to watch on TV,” says Angelica Valentine, Ustream.TV Manager.
For more information, please visit: http://mcnamaratroyla.com/losangeles/
The United Nation’s Millennium Campaign against global poverty streamed live today on Ustream for bloggers around the world.
The Millennium Campaign is an interagency initiative of the United Nations that supports citizens’ efforts to hold their governments to accountable for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals
Working in more than 30 countries, both rich and poor, the Campaign partners with a wide range of partners at the international and local level to inspire grassroots movements toward the achievement of the Goals.
STAND UP and SPEAK OUT is a worldwide call to take action against poverty and inequality and for the Millennium Development Goals. During the 24 hour period between Oct. 16th at 9pm GMT and Oct. 17th at 9pm GMT, millions will literally STAND UP and SPEAK OUT to show that they refuse to stay silent or seated in the face of poverty. Help us break the world record so we can break the record of broken promises.
For more information please visit: www.standagainstpoverty.org
What’s it like to chat with thousands of adoring fans live on the internet? Just ask Tori Amos.
Popular singer Tori Amos appeared today live on Ustream.TV and through her own website, www.toriamos.com in conjunction with the chat platform Meebo. Tori chatted for nearly a hour with our fans from all around the world.
This is one part of the promotion and marketing of Tori’s upcoming “American Doll Posse Tour“.
Amos was at the forefront of a number of female singer-songwriters in the early 1990s and was noteworthy early in her career as one of the few music stars to use a piano as her primary instrument. She is known for emotionally intense songs that cover a wide range of subjects including sexuality, religion and personal tragedy. Some of her charting singles include “Crucify”, “Silent All These Years”, “Cornflake Girl”, “Caught a Lite Sneeze”, “Professional Widow”, “Spark” and “A Sorta Fairytale”.
Amos has sold over 12 million records worldwide and has also enjoyed a large cult following. Having a history of making eccentric and at times ribald comments during concerts and interviews, she has earned a reputation for being highly idiosyncratic.
For more information, please visit www.toriamos.com