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:
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!
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
This past Sunday, Ustream.tv Founder John Ham and I attended the exclusive premiere of ABCâ€™s new show â€œDirty Sexy Moneyâ€ â€“ starring Donald Sutherland, Billy Baldwin, and Peter Krause. Working in association with Entertainment Tonight producer John Pattyson, Ustream helped launch Starbiz.tv, the first live streaming celebrity entertainment show. Conceived by John Pattyson, Starbiz.tv gives viewers live access to Hollywood red carpet events and celebrities.
Equipped with just a Sony VAIO laptop and Handycam, we were able to stream high quality celebrity interviews live to fans around the world. When we told the actors they were live on the Internet, they seemed genuinely surprised and excited. When actor Seth Gabel â€“ who plays Jeremy Darling on the show â€“ heard he was live on Ustream, he even called his mother to tell her to go to Ustream and watch him.
Plus it was tons of fun to be able to ask questions on behalf of the chatroom audience. We even got Billy Baldwin to tell us what kind of sandals he was wearing. Just another example of how live video connects people.
If you liked the show, be sure to tune into future Starbiz.tv broadcasts, as well as tonightâ€™s â€œDirty Sexy Moneyâ€ premiere.