Saville and Sonic Foundry combined to provide streaming facilities for JISC 2011, a conference held at the BT Convention centre in Liverpool. More than 600 delegates attended and a remote audience of around 300 people had the opportunity to participate in the conference thanks to a new hybrid conference experience through Mediasite by Sonic Foundry.
“Sonic Foundry and Saville helped us to offer our online participants a truly inclusive experience, as though they were physically there with us in Liverpool. The Mediasite presentations, alongside the Twitter feeds, were streamed to their computers in real-time, with opportunities to ask questions, take part in online polls and contribute to the sessions taking place,” said Robert Haymon-Collins, JISC director of communications and marketing.
“It is our aim that in the future, wherever appropriate, our events will be delivered through these multimedia channels so that as many people as possible have the chance to learn about digital technologies for education and research.”
The JISC annual conference has used social media technologies in the past to extend the reach of the conference. This year more than 300 people took part in the online conversation on Twitter, with over 1000 tagged tweets being posted before, during and after the event.
”JISC envisioned engaging both their in-person and remote audiences by creating an interactive hybrid event,” said Ray Hassell, international director of sales for Sonic Foundry. ”They surpassed that vision with JISC 2011. Working with our partner Saville AV, they used the Mediasite webcasting platform in conjunction with social media channels to generate buzz and conversation among delegates that is continuing even after the conference. The organisation and attention to detail both during the preparation and the event itself were fantastic. We were pleased to be part of such a well-executed, enduring event.”